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EKU Partners with the University Center of Southern Kentucky

Published on Sep 6, 2019

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) President Michael T. Benson signed a memorandum of agreement for Eastern Kentucky University to become part of the University Center of Southern Kentucky at Somerset Community College (SCC) with SCC’s President Carey Castle. 

The University Center of Southern Kentucky (UCSK) launched in May 2019. The UCSK provides space for four-year partners to offer the third and fourth year of a bachelor’s degree on SCC’s Somerset Campus.

“This is an incredible opportunity for students who want to say in southern Kentucky, but want to get a four-year degree from EKU in one of our core areas like criminal justice,” said Benson.  

The partnership between the UCSK and the participating universities, including EKU, was created based on community demands, workforce needs and student access. High school graduates will have the option to stay close to home to get a four-year degree at an affordable rate, and non-traditional students will have an option to further their educational goals. In addition to criminal justice, EKU will also offer a variety of its online courses through the UCSK program, including communications, business and nursing. 

The initiative was announced in May 2019 by Rep. Hal Rogers, Gov. Matt Bevin, Dr. Jay Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Dr. Carey Castle, president and CEO of Somerset Community College. Fall 2019 students are already taking classes from participating universities.

EKU and SCC signed the University Center partnership MOA and Library MOA. All students involved in the program will have full access to EKU libraries and resources. EKU and SCC are continuing discussions about potential programs that can benefit the southern Kentucky region.  Additional programs will be announced as they are approved. 

“EKU is a long standing partner with SCC for providing higher level education in our service region and we are appreciative of the collaborative efforts to further serve the workforce in this region and continue to focus on student success,” said Dr. Clint Hayes, senior vice president of academic affairs, SCC. 

UCSK will have offerings from EKU, Western Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and the University of Kentucky in the future.  

Students will have the opportunity now to take the first two years of classes at Somerset Community College, and then do the final two years of their bachelor’s degree from one of the four partner regional universities, without ever having to leave the SCC campus.

For more information, visit the university center webpages at www.somerset.kctcs.edu. Click on Community and scroll down to University Center of Southern Kentucky to see what programs are being offered.  Contact the University Center office 606-451-6667 or e-mail sccuniversitycenter@kctcs.edu.

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Photo Caption: Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) President Michael T. Benson signed a memorandum of agreement for Eastern Kentucky University to become part of the University Center of Southern Kentucky at Somerset Community College (SCC) with SCC’s President Carey Castle.