Ottawa University partners with Gateway on low-cost bachelor’s degrees

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Ottawa University has partnered with another area technical school, Kenosha-based Gateway Technical College, to offer to offer a bachelor’s degree program for adult learners that costs less than $20,000.

The Ottawa, Kan.-based school announced in February it would partner with Pewaukee-based Waukesha County Technical College to do the same. The colleges have cited the rising cost of tuition for secondary education as the reason for the partnerships.

Ottawa University expanded into the Milwaukee area in 1994 with a location in Brookfield. Students in the new “education pathway” would begin with an associate degree at Gateway and then enroll at Ottawa to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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Gateway Technical College students will be allowed to transfer up to 80 credit hours (a full associate degree) to Ottawa University. They would then need to complete another 44 credit hours to receive a bachelor’s degree, which could be accomplished in less than two years.

The program is available to first-time adult student transfers with an OU Transfer Advantage Scholarship. With the scholarship, the total cost of the bachelor’s degree is less than $20,000.

“Ottawa University has a long history of providing a solid education to its students, and we are thrilled our graduates have this opportunity to continue their education,” said Bryan Albrecht, president and chief executive officer of Gateway Technical College. “This partnership with Ottawa University, and at a reduced rate, will benefit their future career and life.”

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“Gateway Technical College is a well-respected institution in southeastern Wisconsin,” said Kevin Eichner, president of Ottawa University. “By forming this partnership, Ottawa University and Gateway are able to collaboratively give adult learners access to the education that can change their lives at a very affordable cost. Not only is that a win for students, it’s a win for higher education.”

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