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Partnership Enables Students to Earn Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

Franklin LogoIllinois Eastern Community Colleges and Franklin University are partnering to offer a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Olney Central College.

Through the new agreement, the institutions have created a pathway for students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring their IECC associate’s degree to Franklin. Beginning in January, students can take Franklin classes in a face-to-face format onsite at OCC through Franklin’s 3+1 Business Administration completion program. The program also will be offered at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.

OCC Dean of Instruction Michael Conn said the agreement opens new opportunities for area students seeking advanced degrees.

“It is an exciting opportunity for local students to get a bachelor’s degree in business administration and we’re glad to form this partnership with Franklin University,” he said. “The classes are offered in the evenings and designed for working adults. This is a great opportunity for them to go back to school.”

Through the new co-location agreement, students benefit from Franklin’s acceptance of previously earned college and professional education credits, minimizing the time and money it takes to earn a degree. This transfer-friendly policy, coupled with Franklin’s convenient class schedules and regionally accredited curriculum allow today’s adult students to achieve their education and career goals in balance with their personal, career and financial responsibilities, all while staying within their own community.

Courses are offered in a six-week format and free textbooks are available for online courses.

“The signing of our co-location partnership with Illinois Eastern Community Colleges provides students in Olney, Mt. Carmel and surrounding areas with the unique opportunity to benefit from an expanded physical and financial access to education,” said Samantha Shear, Director of Community College Alliance and Domestic Locations at Franklin University.

Shear said the new agreement provides students with a cost-effective and access-oriented option to complete a degree.

Franklin University has a long-standing relationship with more than 230 community and technical colleges across the country to provide greater access to students of all ages through its Community College Alliance (CCA). One of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, Franklin’s CCA Program serves students by providing a bachelor’s degree through a combination of courses taken at community colleges and on campus or online through Franklin.

By expanding its CCA relationship to create partnerships such as this new co-location agreement, IECC students at OCC and WVC benefit from a new face-to-face bachelor completion option with a university they know and trust. For more information about the program or upcoming classes, contact Nicole Jackson at or call 614-947-6053. Additional information also is available at 

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