Troy partners with two-year colleges

Published 10:10 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Alabamians who were once unable to continue their education because of work or other obstacles will soon be able to do so thanks to Troy University’s distance learning program.

Troy University announced Wednesday it would partner with 15 community colleges throughout the state to provide Internet classes to enable students to earn bachelor’s and advanced diplomas.

“The Partnership will enhance the potential for a greater number of Alabama citizens to earn college degrees and subsequently improve the quality of live, economic development and cultural maturity of the State of Alabama,” said Gov. Bob Riley.

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This program will serve as a new approach by the university.

According to Dean of Admissions Buddy Starling, the university has usually taken the traditional approach by recruiting students in the second year of their associates degree and usually the students come to the physical campus location.

But Starling said the age of community college students is higher and that’s a good indication that they are working adults.

Starling said there is no age requirement to enter the program and the university is currently enrolling students for the fall semester.

“The average age of a community college student is 27 years,” Starling said.

“We want these place-bound students to know that they have the opportunity through Troy University to receive a quality education and earn a bachelors degree while maintaining their obligations such as jobs or families.”

According to Starling, the university offers 19 degree programs online, and eConnections will offer the same programs.

Among the degree programs are bachelor’s degrees in resource and technology management, business administration, computer science, criminal justice, history, political science, interpreter training program, psychology, social science and sport and fitness management.