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Franklin University and North Central State College Host Signing Event

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University and North Central State College hosted an event to officially mark the signing of the co-location agreement between the two institutions, offering Franklin classes at North Central’s Shelby campus.

Through this agreement, the two institutions have created a pathway for students to complete their bachelor degrees by transferring their North Central associate’s degree to Franklin.  Students can take Franklin classes in a face-to-face format at the North Central Shelby campus in Franklin’s Business Administration and Management & Leadership majors.

“The signing of our co-location partnership with North Central State College allows students in the Shelby and Mansfield areas to benefit from an 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.”

Providing remarks during the celebration event were:

  • Dr. Greg Timberlake, Dean of Business, Industry, and Technology Division, North Central State College
  • Donald L. Plotts, President, North Central State College and Member of the Franklin University Community College Alliance Council of Presidents
  • Dr. David R. Decker, President, Franklin University
  • Honorable Marilyn S. John, Mayor of Shelby

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.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through 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. In addition, 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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