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Source: Melinda Sinn, 785-532-5888, sinnpio@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Jared Betts, 785-532-2529, betts290@k-state.edu

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

K-STATE DEVELOPS NEW 2+2 PARTNERSHIPS WITH CLOUD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University is continuing the development of 2+2 partnerships with Kansas community colleges so students can complete a K-State bachelor's degree without leaving their home communities or sacrificing their jobs.

K-State recently signed four 2+2 agreements with Cloud County Community College. The agreements allow students to earn associate degrees from Cloud County and then transfer the credits to K-State to earn a bachelor's degree through distance education.

The signing included the following agreements:

* Associate of Science/Associate of Arts degree in business administration to Bachelor of Science in general business;

* Associate of Applied Science in wind energy to Bachelor of Science in technology management;

* Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice to Bachelor of Science in technology management; and

* Associate of Applied Science in networking to Bachelor of Science in technology management.

"This partnership allows K-Sate to deliver a degree that is highly respected, accessible and affordable to the citizens of north central Kansas," said Sue Maes, dean of continuing education at K-State. "Completion of a bachelor's degree not only broadens career opportunities, but also helps improve the intellectual contributions individuals can make to the state of Kansas."

K-State representatives at the signing included Maes; Yar Ebadi, dean of the College of Business Administration; Anand Desai, associate dean of the College of Business Administration; Dennis Kuhlman, dean of K-State at Salina; and Fred Guzek, instructor of business at K-State at Salina.

Cloud County Community College representatives at the signing included Richard Underbakke, president; Susan Greene, accounting instructor; Cathy Forshee, economics instructor; Shelly Farha, business instructor; Kim Krull, vice president of academic affairs; Rita Dondlinger, criminal justice instructor; and Bruce Graham, wind energy instructor.

Cloud County is the 15th in-state institution to develop a 2+2 partnership with K-State. The university has more partnerships in development with both in-state and out-of-state institutions. A degree map and more information about K-State's 2+2 partnership with Cloud County and other community and technical colleges in Kansas and other states are available at http://www.dce.k-state.edu/affiliations/2+2/