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ETSU, VHCC sign reverse transfer agreement
Shown signing the agreement, from left-right, are VHCC Vice President Dr. Stacy Thomas, VHCC President Dr. Gene C. Couch Jr. and ETSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bert C. Bach.

JOHNSON CITY (July 18, 2016) - East Tennessee State University and Virginia Highlands Community College have reached an agreement that provides another opportunity for students in our region to earn a college degree.

The reverse transfer agreement signed July 18 by ETSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bert C. Bach and VHCC President Gene C. Couch Jr., is designed for students who earn at least 15 credits at VHCC but transfer to ETSU before completing an associate degree. Once 60 credits have been earned, they may be transferred to VHCC and applied toward an associate’s degree, according to the agreement.

Transfer counselors at both institutions will work closely with students to assist in the process.

Dr. Couch said the agreement is important because it provides students with an important credential while they continue working toward a bachelor’s degree. It also recognizes the work of those who leave college before completing a bachelor’s degree, he said.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to recognize transfer students who have reached a significant educational milestone,” Dr. Couch said. “Those who earn an associate’s degree are better prepared for the workplace and, in many cases, have a renewed determination to continue their education.”

VHCC and ETSU have a long history of working together to help students reach their educational goals. In addition to the agreement signed Friday, articulation agreements are in place that provide a smooth transition from VHCC to ETSU’s bachelor’s degree programs.

“Many students transfer to ETSU each year from VHCC and through this new partnership, we will be able to recognize the achievements of those who have met the requirements for an associate’s degree,” said Bach, who estimated that there are currently 57 students at ETSU eligible for the reverse transfer opportunity.

For additional information about reverse transfer, please contact VHCC Transfer Counselor Karen Kilgore at 276-739-2437 or Sheryl Burnette, ETSU Registrar, at 423-439-4366 or .

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