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Dec. 21, 2018

CONTACTS:
Cedric Deadmon, Outreach and Advising Project Manager, cdeadmon@marc.org, 816-701-8381
Amy Strange, Public Affairs Coordinator, astrange@marc.org, 816-701-8321

KC Degrees and partners ready to assist students affected by closing of Vatterott College

Colleges and universities offer guidance for those looking to transfer

KC Degrees and its partners are ready to help students affected by the closing of Vatterott College. This closing left hundreds of students in limbo with no information about how to access their student records, transfer credits or retain equipment and materials.

KC Degrees recognizes postsecondary education attainment is important not only for the success of individuals, but is key to the growth of the regional economy. Launched in September 2016 as part of KC Rising’s long-term vision for regional prosperity, KC Degrees’ primary objective is to recruit and support adult learners to return and finish a high-quality certificate or degree. The program provides community-based support to help students navigate the college-going process. As part of its mission, KC Degrees works with a postsecondary network made up of 17 institutions of higher education in the Kansas City region to align resources and remove barriers for students.

The following members of the postsecondary network have provided specific details about how they will serve affected students:

  • Donnelly College will waive the official transcript requirements for Vatterott students. They will evaluate and accept transfer credits for students who qualify.
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College welcomes affected students.
  • Metropolitan Community College (MCC) is hosting an information session for students at the MCC-Business & Technology campus, located at 1775 Universal Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Faculty, academic advisors, and staff from financial aid and student services will be on hand to help assist with questions. Some scholarship funds may be available to help students with the spring semester.
  • University of Central Missouri (UCM) will work with individual students to assess their credit hours and declared programs. UCM can accept up to 30 hours of prior learning and up to 30 hours of credit by exam.
  • Western Governors University Missouri welcomes Vatterott College students. They created a page on their website to provide information and resources specifically for affected students. They also created a special scholarship, valued at $2,000, for displaced students.

This sudden closing will undoubtedly cause a lot of stress for students,” said Cedric Deadmon, outreach and advising project manager for KC Degrees. “We know there are institutional challenges in assessing and transferring credit hours. Our experience and existing relationships gives us a head start to help sort those things out, and hopefully we can ease some of that stress for the students.”

Displaced students are encouraged to contact KC Degrees at KCDegrees.org, via email at info@KCDegrees.org or by calling toll-free 844-872-6009.

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