School partnership aims to make it easier to get four-year degree

NORFOLK, Neb. - Schools in northeast Nebraska are making it easier for students to get a college degree.

Northeast Community College and Wayne State College signed a new Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday.

It aims to strengthen the region's industrial technology workforce.

"There's so many opportunities for us to look at more pathways for students to earn a four-year degree and really looking at it as a seamless opportunity for those students," said Northeast Community College President Dr. Leah Barrett.

Dr. Barrett said there are 35 percent fewer people in northeast Nebraska who have a four-year degree than other places in the state, something the partnership will continue to combat.

"I'm not sure what they'll come up with next but I can't wait to see the next innovative program that will come forth from our outstanding faculty and staff," said WSC President Marysz Rames said.

The new agreement will allow students to transfer up to 80 credits to WSC, rather than the 60 credit limit before.