GRAND ISLAND, NE — Two central Nebraska institutions are working together to make the path to a bachelor’s degree more seamless.

Central Community College and the University of Nebraska-Kearney announced a new business pathway program on Monday. CCC President Dr. Matt Gotschall says the program ensures that participating students’ credits will transfer, ensuring that their time and money are not wasted.

“Now that this agreement is in place, we will have even more students who will be able to go directly to the baccalaureate without having to go back and worry about repeating a course that they may have already taken with us”, Gotschall said.

The pathway allows business administration or university transfer students to take 60 credit hours at CCC and then transfer to UNK to complete the remaining 60 credit hours needed to earn a bachelor’s degree.

UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen said the pathway was born thinking from the student’s perspective.

“(We started) creating a very easy-to-navigate lineup and process,” Kristensen said. “You start here and it transitions to UNK and things are really, like we’ve said so many times, they’re seamless.”

Gotschall says UNK is a logical partner for pathway programs because 42 percent of CCC college transfers become Lopers.

“So it makes sense that we continue to build additional lanes in order to get them (to UNK) and keep them in central Nebraska,” Gotschall said.

Kristensen says he thinks this is just the start of other career programs for UNK.