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Illinois Eastern Community Colleges and Franklin University Announce New Co-Locations Agreement

Columbus, OH (September 5, 2017)

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) and Franklin University announce their new agreement to offer Franklin University’s 3+1 Business Administration completion programs onsite at IECC’s Olney Central College and Wabash Valley College locations.

Through the new agreement, the two institutions have created a pathway for students to complete their bachelor degrees by transferring their IECC associate’s degree to Franklin. Students can take Franklin classes in a face-to-face format onsite at IECC’s Olney Central College and Wabash Valley Colleges  in Franklin’s 3+1 Business Administration completion programs starting this winter.

“The signing of our co-location partnership with Illinois Eastern Community Colleges provides students in Olney, Mt. Carmel and surrounding areas with the unique opportunity to benefit from an expanded physical and financial access to education,” said Samantha Shear, Director of Community College Alliance and Domestic Locations at Franklin University. “Today’s announcement not only adds to the strong partnership between our two institutions, but continues efforts to provide students with a cost-effective and access-oriented option to complete a degree.”

Through this new co-location agreement, students benefit from Franklin’s acceptance of previously earned college and professional education credits, minimizing the time and money it takes to earn a degree. This transfer-friendly policy, coupled with the University’s convenient class schedules and regionally accredited curriculum allow today’s adult students to achieve their education and career goals in balance with their personal, career, and financial responsibilities, all while staying within their own community.

Franklin University has a long-standing relationship with more than 230 community and technical colleges across the country to provide greater access to students of all ages through its Community College Alliance (CCA). One of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, Franklin’s CCA Program serves students by providing a bachelor’s degree through a combination of courses taken at community colleges and on campus or online through Franklin.

By expanding its CCA relationship to create partnerships such as this new co-location partnership, IECC students at Olney Central College and Wabash Valley Colleges benefit from a new face-to-face bachelor completion option with a university they know and trust.

For information on how students can maximize IECC credits to cut the total cost of a bachelor’s degree in half by choosing Franklin - a private, nonprofit and regionally accredited institution. click here

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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