Community College teams
with Midway, Sullivan
courses now being offered at Carrollton campus
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (December 2004) Two new and
unique partnerships have been formed with Jefferson Community and Technical
College (JCC) that will benefit the Carrollton area. Sullivan University
and Midway College have formed two different partnerships with two different
focuses to offer higher educational opportunities to students enrolled
at the JCC Carrollton Campus.
The goal of the partnership between JCC and Sullivan University is to
provide students with the necessary education and skills to enhance
their job performance, officials said. JCC can provide the necessary
basic courses, while Sullivan can build on this foundation with a more
specialized area of interest. JCC Carrollton Campus Director Susan Carlisle
called this combination a selling card that will carry the
student on to a higher level of education.
Carlisle said she had been looking for prospects to better service her
students. She explored the possibilities of what the Carrollton campus
had to offer and what students would need to do to obtain a higher degree.
Since not everyone wants to travel to attend classes, and many students
may work full-time jobs, the idea of Sullivan offering classes through
the Carrollton campus is appealing to many who wish to obtain a four-year
JCCs mission is to provide a two-year program for students, said
Lisa Brosky, public relations coordinator for Jefferson Community &
Technical College. Five campuses three in Louisville, one
in Shelby County and one in Carrollton provide two years
of liberal arts, professional and technological courses. The basic credits
earned can be transferred to Sullivans four-year program.
This partnership will bring more opportunity and expand resources,
said Brosky. The biggest advantage is that it is for the benefit of
the students, she said. Open access is JCCs goal.
Students who are working on Adult Basic Education can also benefit by
increasing their skills, and then having an opportunity to move on to
the college level. This progression can eventually lead them to enroll
in a four-year program to obtain a higher education.
JCC targets workforce development through its specialized training programs,
which can aid students in accepting immediate jobs in healthcare and
manufacturing industries. This valuable experience makes them appear
more attractive to employers once they receive their degree.
Sullivan University held an open house on Aug. 5 at the Carrollton Campus.
A lot of prospective students came by, said President A.R. Sullivan
of Sullivan University.
The partnership to offer a bachelor degree program was agreed
on more than a year ago with the goal of benefiting individuals
in the marketplace, said Sullivan. As the largest, private independent
college or university in Kentucky, Sullivan University has certain resources
that JCC cannot offer, said Sullivan.
As the marketplace and community continues to grow, we need to
use all of the resources we can, said Sullivan. In 2003, the university
hired former Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet Secretary Allen Rose.
Sullivan described Dr. Rose as an important part to making it
Rose was hired to work as a liaison between the college institutions
and area businesses and industry, to explore and develop workforce-training
opportunities. The result of this formal partnership will be to look
for and serve the needs of the community, said Sullivan.
The partnerships between JCC and Sullivan University and Midway College
will, respectively, open doors for a lot of students, including
myself, that had otherwise not been available to use before, said
Cathy Gilbert. Due to a full-time job and other obligations, Gilbert
couldnt have attended classes if she had to travel to Midway College
in Midway, Ky.
Gilbert is pursuing her bachelors degree in elementary education
through JCCs partnership with Midway College. There are a wide
variety of students in the program whose ages range from early 20s to
early 50s, said Gilbert. The Midway College partnership began in August
at the Carrollton Campus, and the Sullivan partnership may begin in
These courses are not structured like a traditional semester, said Gilbert.
The classes are organized in
units and referred to as cohorts. The present cohort will
run through Dec. 11.
Gilbert is among the 16 students who are enrolled in this initial program.
She described the class as an icebreaker, to test the waters
to see how well the program will do. She said this first class of students
is a like a seed she hopes will grow in the future. Were
getting to be like a family, she said.
Many students are from the surrounding counties of Oldham and Trimble
and Madison, Ind. Gilbert said most students find the program convenient,
and they prefer the small class atmosphere.
The faculty is made up of a mix of local teachers within the Carroll
County school system and professors from Midway College, said Carlisle.
She referred to this group of students as charter members to build
a program on.
Gilbert will spend from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. Saturday for the next two years at the Carrollton campus to earn
For more information or the availability
of online courses, contact Carlisle at (502) 732-4846. Student interested
in the Sullivan University program may contact Broskey at (502) 213-2400.
For more information on Midway College programs, call 1-800-755-0031.
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