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Hocking College and Franklin University Host Signing Event

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University and Hocking College hosted an event to officially mark the signing of an agreement between the two institutions, offering Franklin University’s 3+1 accounting and business administration completion programs onsite at Hocking College.

 The May 25 signing not only adds to the strong partnership between the two institutions, but continues efforts to provide students with a cost-effective and access-oriented option to complete a bachelor’s degree. Through the agreement, the two institutions have created a pathway for students to complete their bachelor degree, transferring their Hocking College associate’s degrees and additional Bridge courses to Franklin and completing Franklin classes face-to-face onsite at Hocking College’s campus in Nelsonville in Franklin’s 3+1 accounting and business administration completion programs.

 Dr. Betty Young, President of Hocking College and Dr. David R. Decker, President of Franklin University provided remarks before signing the agreement.

“Hocking College is proud to be a part of the Community College Alliance program and work so closely with Franklin University,” said Dr. Betty Young, “and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide another avenue of success for our students.”  

“The signing of our partnership with Hocking College allows students in Athens County to benefit from expanded physical and financial access to education,” said Bill Chan, Executive Director of Domestic Expansion and Regional Campuses. “By expanding the opportunities students have to complete a bachelor’s degree we provide access to the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich the world.”

 This new agreement provides students benefit from Franklin’s acceptance of previously earned college and professional education credits, minimizing the time and money it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree while allowing learners to stay in Nelsonville.

About Hocking College
Founded in 1968, Hocking College offers students a quality educational experience that is flexible, affordable and applicable to their career goals. With more than 50 associate degree programs to choose from, students gain concrete skills necessary to successfully further their educations and pursue great jobs. Hocking College's supportive faculty, interactive classes and valuable campus resources provide a hands-on learning environment. Set in the scenic town of Nelsonville, Ohio, the 2,300-acre institution is rich in history, nature, art and culture. Hocking College also has the Perry Campus located in New Lexington, Ohio and the Logan Campus. 

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new applied doctorate offerings) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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