The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 11, 2012

CCC, St. Ambrose forge dual enrollment agreement

By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — Clinton Community College students can now more smoothly transition into a four-year degree at St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

The university announced a dual admission agreement with the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Black Hawk College last week to help local community college students plan out a bachelor’s degree well in advance.

“This will make sure students are taking the right classes and tightens the link between the two schools,” Clinton Community College Dean of Students Ron Serpliss said.

 This program will allow students at Clinton Community College to begin meeting with academic advisers from St. Ambrose while they are still enrolled in Clinton.

Students who enroll in the program will also get to take advantage of St. Ambrose facilities with a student ID, including access to the campus library, career development center, physical education center and athletic and fine arts events on campus. They will also receive a $1,000 scholarship at St. Ambrose.

“The earlier they enroll in the program the more benefits they will receive,” Serpliss said.

Students interested in the program simply fill out an application and don’t have to pay any fees to enroll.

They can enroll anytime within their two years, but are encouraged to enroll before they reach 30 credits. Academic advisers from St. Ambrose will come to Clinton to help guide students on the path to the university.

Clinton Community College already has similar programs with several surrounding four-year colleges including University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Ashford University and several other schools.

Clinton Community College has been working closely with St. Ambrose for several years on adding new programs, according to Serpliss.

“In effect this program will help students stay on track with a seamless transition to St. Ambrose,” Serpliss said. “It’s a really good opportunity for students with plenty of benefits.”