Help is on the way for Kentucky college students interested in transferring their credits or associate degree to a four-year university. On Wednesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST, the state’s colleges and universities will host “Transfer Madness,” the first entirely online, statewide transfer fair where students can chat online with transfer advisors, search for scholarships, download materials and get questions answered.
WKU and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (formerly Bowling Green Technical College) will be participating.
Jennifer Dietzel, director of the Student Success Center at SKYCTC, said cooperation is key to providing educational opportunities for students in the region.
“Southcentral Kentucky is fortunate to have two premier academic institutions collaborating to promote student success,” she said.
Stacey Biggs, WKU’s chief marketing officer, said today’s students are often balancing work, family and education.
“We know that students are busy, and it’s difficult to find time to attend traditional college fairs,” she said. “By holding this event online, students can log on whatever time of day is best for them and get virtually the same experience and information that they would have when meeting with WKU representatives face to face.”
Haley Womac, a Bowling Green student transferring this fall from SKYCTC to WKU, spoke during a morning news conference Feb. 20 about the importance of access to education for students.
“I think it’s important that all students have the educational opportunities that I have had at the Community and Technical College and will continue to have at WKU,” the public relations major said.
Students can register early for Transfer Madness at http://www.transfermadness.org.
Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson announced details about Transfer Madness on Wednesday morning (Feb. 20) at a news conference at the Capitol. He was joined by Bob King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), Dr. Jay Box, chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), as well as several other transfer students, who spoke on the importance of transfer to their educational and career goals. Legislators and representatives from the 25 participating universities and KCTCS also attended.
“I applaud our education partners for helping promote awareness about the seamless transition from high school to community and technical colleges to our four-year institutions,” Abramson said. “The best way to improve the quality of Kentucky’s workforce and give our companies strong employees is through a top-notch education system that aggressively promotes a college-going culture that has no barriers in credit transfers.”
Organizers hope the convenience of an online transfer fair will boost student participation since students can access the event from the comfort of their home and at a time that suits their family and work schedules.
“We are excited to bring together colleges and universities with our education partners to smooth the transfer process for students,” King said. “Transfer Madness supports the state’s Stronger by Degrees strategic plan as well as House Bill 160, both of which call for improving the quality of Kentucky’s workforce by increasing the number of Kentuckians who earn a bachelor’s degree.
“Starting at KCTCS is a great way to help achieve that goal,” added King.
“One of the key success factors in the transfer game is connecting with and developing a relationship with four-year institutions prior to attendance. That is why this Transfer Madness event is so important….and a real slam dunk for everyone involved,” Box said.
High school students who plan to begin their educational journey at a community college should also plan to attend.
To register for the event and prizes, and to view the list of the participating colleges, universities and education partners, go to http://www.transfermadness.org.
- About CPE: We believe in the transformative power of postsecondary education. Stronger by Degrees, the new strategic agenda for Kentucky’s colleges and universities and adult basic education, is powering a stronger Kentucky economy and improving the lives of Kentuckians. To learn more about Stronger by Degrees, visit http://cpe.ky.gov/strongerbydegrees.
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Contact: Stacey Biggs, (270) 745-7024; or Jennifer Dietzel, (270) 901-1188.