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Stay local, stay safe and attend the University Center at SCC

Published on Jul 29, 2020

Right now, smack-dab in the middle of a pandemic might be just the right time to go to college. Right here, the University Center of Southern Kentucky (UCSK) might be just the right place to go to college.

Located on the Somerset Campus of Somerset Community College (SCC), UCSK offers “a path that can lead to a bachelor’s degree that is flexible with many online offerings,” according to center director Trent Pool.

Pool noted that students at SCC can work with a university/college partner advisor each semester. These advisors assist students in completing their degree at SCC and then transferring to one of the center’s partners where they continue to have access to student support services to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree at the Somerset Campus.

Currently, there are five institutions partnering with UCSK—Eastern Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College, Morehead State University, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky. 

“Advisors are able to work with you either in the UCSK (offices) or online and many of the programs are offered completely online,” Pool said. “All of our university center partners have ramped up to provide online student support and many online programs,” he continued. “So no matter what the social distancing guidelines may be or may become this fall, you can stay on track with your educational goals.”

Pool used the SCC’s Nursing program as an example of how the center can assist students.

“Several of our Nursing program graduates have been accepted to the University of Kentucky’s Registered Nursing (RN) to Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing (BSN) program,” he said. “(They are) choosing a completely online format so they can be working as an RN and continuing their education at the same time to earn the BSN. With the flexibility of online student support and classes, these students can certainly continue their education in these seemingly uncertain times.” 

But it’s not just for current SCC students that can take advantage of the university center. Anyone who has already received an associate degree from SCC or any other institution can also sign up to use the many services provided by the center to pursue a bachelor’s degree from SCC’s Somerset Campus.

For more information and a list of four-year degrees available through UCSK, visit SCC’s website at or by calling 606-451-6667. They are also on Facebook and can be contacted by email at

mollie gillespiePhoto caption: Molly Gillespie goes over paperwork for attending Lindsey Wilson College this fall through SCC’s University Center of Southern Kentucky. Assisting her is Penny Rizenbergs, left, Coordinator of Educational Outreach and Online Programs at Lindsey. Gillespie graduated from SCC with an Associates in Arts degree and will stay at SCC’s Somerset Campus to work toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. A Monticello resident, Gillespie says a major benefit of attending Lindsay through the university center is that “it’s close” to home.