CRANFORD – Union County College (Union) and nonprofit, accredited Western Governors University (WGU) announced the signing of an agreement that creates pathways for Union employees, graduates, and students to earn a WGU degree. As part of the agreement, WGU will apply credit earned at the associate level at Union toward a bachelor’s degree at WGU. In addition, Union employees, graduates, and students will be able to apply for specially designated WGU Community College Partner Scholarships. Union County College is an open-access public, two-year college that provides a high-quality education at an affordable price.
“Union County College is excited to partner with WGU to provide additional opportunities for our graduates to continue their education, particularly at an affordable price. Cost is an important factor, and we appreciate that WGU is cognizant of that fact. Ultimately, we know that a more educated workforce and community is a stronger workforce and community. Through this partnership, we are happy to help provide further opportunities for our graduates to reach their educational goals,” stated Union President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.
WGU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the high-demand fields of business, information technology, K-12 education, and healthcare, including nursing. WGU’s competency-based, high-quality and low-cost learning model allows students to accelerate at their own pace. Asynchronous courses allow students to log in and study whenever their schedules permit. Tuition is around $3,250 per six-month term for most undergraduate degree programs, and students can take as many courses per term as they and their mentors are comfortable with.
“Partnering with Union County College will make it possible for their graduates and employees to complete their degree at a low cost, without disrupting their lives,” said Regional Vice President Rebecca Watts, Ph.D. “After they are admitted and enroll at WGU, our online, competency-based model allows working adults to advance their careers, with personalized support from a faculty mentor.”
Watts continued, “At a time when so many people are in need of higher education opportunities that align with employer and industry needs, WGU is thrilled to partner with UCC to advance our mission of providing higher education access to historically-underrepresented communities, like working adults.”
WGU degree programs include undergraduate and graduate degrees in cybersecurity, human resource management, data management/data analytics, information technology management, business management and leadership, and healthcare management. To learn more, go to www.wgu.edu.
About Union County College
Union County College, the oldest of New Jersey’s 18 community colleges, is a public, two-year community college that has been serving transfer-oriented and career-minded students since 1933. The College currently offers more than 60 academic programs. With campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, and a presence in Rahway, the College has a reach across the whole of Union County. The College’s mission is “transforming our community, one student at a time,” which is accomplished by providing a high-quality, affordable, and accessible education. In 2019, Union County College received the prestigious recognition of being named one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
About Western Governors University
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 133,000 students nationwide and has more than 210,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 24 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.