Hodges University announced today that, beginning in January, 2008, they will begin to offer classes on the campus of Florida Keys Community College (FKCC). Students there will be able to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Management program through an arrangement with Hodges.
“With this agreement, Hodges will accept associate degrees from Florida Keys Community College students,” said Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University. “We are extremely thankful to the staff and students at FKCC for this opportunity. We have had great experience with a similar program at other community colleges. We recognize that they are Florida Keys students, but we are thrilled to be able to offer a Baccalaureate program to them and possibly a Graduate program later on.”
“When I met with the local Chamber yesterday and told them about this articulation agreement, they started applauding,” said Dr. Jill Landesberg-Boyle, President of FKCC. “The format that you offer will make the program extremely appealing to our students. This will allow any associate degree student to go directly to a Bachelor’s program, providing they have fulfilled the credit requirements. It’s going to make a huge difference.” Dr. Boyle was referring to the accelerated degree completion program that Hodges will be offering. The program allows students to earn up to 12 credits in a 15-week trimester, while spending only four hours a week in the classroom. Extensive work outside of the classroom will also be completed by students through research and work related projects.
“This will give the students of FKCC the opportunity to complete a bachelor degree program by taking courses at the community college from which they received their associate degree,” said McMahan. “It’s a program that is challenging and intense, but allows the students to get a degree in a timely manner.”
Hodges will hire a faculty member to teach the management courses on the FKCC campus, as well as a learning site coordinator. They also will provide financial aid, Registrar and student development personnel who are specifically dedicated to their learning sites, assisting the learning site students.
FKCC currently has a full-time enrollment of nearly 700 students, and feels that the number will continue to rise once the Hodges program has been initiated.
The addition of the FKCC learning site comes on the heels of their Immokalee site, where classes will begin in January. Hodges also has sites at the Cape Coral Interim Academic Village, Edison College in Ft. Myers and Punta Gorda, Manatee Technical Institute and Pasco-Hernando Community College.
For more information about Hodges University, please contact Joe Turner at (239) 598-6169. For information about FKCC, please contact Lydia Estenoz at (305) 296-9081.
Pictured are Hodges President, Dr. Terry McMahan, with FKCC President Dr. Jill Landesberg-Boyle.