Starting this fall, students at Clatsop Community College will be able to work toward a bachelor’s degree in business at Eastern Oregon University without ever leaving the coast.

President Lawrence Galizio of Clatsop and Dean Donald Easton-Brooks of the Eastern Oregon University’s School of Business ink the new partnership in a public ceremony at 2:30 p.m. May 21 in Columbia Hall Room 219 on the main campus at 1651 Lexington Ave. in Astoria. A brief reception follows.

The two institutions’ partnership establishes a joint program that permits students to earn an Associate of Science-Oregon Transfer (ASOT) degree from Clatsop and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from EOU while remaining at CCC.

This new educational opportunity begins fall term 2014. Following completion of a associate transfer degree, participating students can transfer 120 credits from CCC into the EOU bachelor’s degree program. Students continue in upper division classes offered by EOU on the CCC campus on Fridays and Saturdays.

Laurie Yates, EOU Business faculty member; and Tim Weatherly, an EOU program adviser who maintains an office on the CCC main campus, will represent EOU at the ceremony. Donna Larson, vice president of academic and student affairs; Kristen Wilkin, dean of workforce and community education; Tommie Redwine, CCC business faculty; and members of the CCC Business Advisory Committee will represent Clatsop.

Clatsop Community College views this new program as a benefit to students who are unable to leave the local area. The hope is that it will serve as the catalyst for other partnerships and programs with baccalaureate degree-granting institutions to further expand local educational offerings.

For additional information regarding the EOU bachelor’s degree program, contact Weatherly at 503-440-3052 or weathetj@eou.edu.

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