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WTC Partners with Roscoe Collegiate and West Texas A&M for New Innovation Degree

07/30/19

SNYDER— Western Texas College has partnered with the Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District and West Texas A&M University to bring a new degree option to West Texas residents without leaving the area.

"WTC is excited to partner with Roscoe Collegiate ISD and West Texas A&M University to provide additional opportunities for students to further their education, said Dr. Barb Beebe, Western Texas College President.  “Through this unique partnership, Roscoe students can receive their associate's degree at WTC before they receive their high school diploma, then continue on to West Texas A&M for their Bachelor's degree through their online degree program, all without leaving the area." 

West Texas A&M, Western Texas College, and the Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District developed the Innovation Degree to provide local support for students at an affordable rate.

“WT has some of the lowest tuition rates among universities in Texas. Furthermore, we assist in identifying courses at Western Texas College that will apply to this degree and further reduce the cost,” says Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president for strategic relations at WT.

Over 9,000 people 25 years or older in the four-county area around Roscoe have completed some college courses but did not finish a Bachelor’s degree according to the U.S. Census. Many of these people have full-time jobs and support their families, leaving little time to pursue a traditional degree. Also, research suggests that many nontraditional students do not care for the isolation of an online degree program.

With the Innovation Degree, students in the program can utilize up to 81 hours of prior college credit. The program will also have the flexibility to be tailored to the needs of each individual. Students work with experienced advisors to devise their own set of courses from various disciplines, which is why the degree has become known as the Innovation Degree.

The degree is adaptable for students who want to qualify for graduate school in a variety of disciplines or employees who aspire to earn promotions, pay raises or are considering a different career field

“Through our Early College Program that provides students the opportunity to earn their Associate Degree prior to high school graduation, thanks to the long-standing partnership between RCISD and WTC, we’re excited to now partner with WT to offer nontraditional support for students throughout the Big Country Area to complete Bachelor’s and Graduate Degrees from right here in Roscoe,” according to Dr. Kim Alexander, Chancellor of Collegiate Edu-Nation.

For more information about this opportunity, contact Patricia McCormick at 806-651-5307.