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Online ‘Transfer Madness’ to connect KCTCS students to 25 universities

February 21, 2013 12:00 AM
Frankfort, Ky.
Help is on the way for Kentucky college students interested in transferring their credits or associate degree to a four-year university. On Wednesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, the state’s colleges and universities will host “Transfer Madness,” the first entirely online, statewide transfer fair where students can chat online with transfer advisors, search for scholarships, download materials and get questions answered.

The University of Pikeville will participate in the online transfer fair.

Students can register early for Transfer Madness at http://www.transfermadness.org.

Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson made the announcement at a news conference at the Capitol on Feb. 20. He was joined by Bob King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), Dr. Jay Box, chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), as well as several transfer students, who spoke on the importance of transfering to their educational and career goals. Legislators and representatives from the 25 participating universities and KCTCS also attended.

“I applaud our education partners for helping promote awareness about the seamless transition from high school to community and technical colleges to our four-year institutions,” said Lt. Gov. Abramson.

“The best way to improve the quality of Kentucky’s workforce and give our companies strong employees is through a top-notch education system that aggressively promotes a college-going culture that has no barriers in credit transfers.”

Organizers hope the convenience of an online transfer fair will boost student participation since students can access the event from the comfort of their home and at a time that suits their family and work schedules.

“We are excited to bring together colleges and universities with our education partners to smooth the transfer process for students,” said King. “Transfer Madness supports the state’s Stronger by Degrees strategic plan as well as House Bill 160, both of which call for improving the quality of Kentucky’s workforce by increasing the number of Kentuckians who earn a bachelor’s degree. Starting at KCTCS is a great way to help achieve that goal,” added King.

“One of the key success factors in the transfer game is connecting with and developing a relationship with four-year institutions prior to attendance. That is why this Transfer Madness event is so important … and a real slam dunk for everyone involved,” said Dr. Box.

The University of Pikeville has a comprehensive transfer agreement with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and accepts most credits issued by similar institutions.

“I would urge all postsecondary students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree to consider the transferability of credits already earned and evaluate what they will need to continue their education,” said UPIKE President Paul Patton.

High school students who plan to begin their educational journey at a community college should also plan to attend.

“Each year, I speak to graduating seniors in the high schools within our service area. One of the things I emphasize is that on average people with a bachelor’s degree will earn a million dollars more than someone with a high school diploma and that million dollars makes a difference in their quality of life,” said Patton.

To register for the event and prizes, and to view the list of the participating colleges, universities and education partners, go to http://www.transfermadness.org.

We believe in the transformative power of postsecondary education. Stronger by Degrees, the new strategic agenda for Kentucky’s colleges and universities and adult basic education, is powering a stronger Kentucky economy and improving the lives of Kentuckians. To learn more about Stronger by Degrees, visit http://cpe.ky.gov/strongerbydegrees. Follow us on Twitter at #KYtransfermadness.
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