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KC signs agreement with SIUC for automotive technology

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By The Staff

At its monthly meeting in June, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees approved an articulation agreement with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale that would allow students who graduate from KC with an associate’s degree in automotive technology a smooth transition into SIU-C’s bachelor’s in automotive technology program.
KC Auto Technology Program Coordinator Chuck DeBernardi said automotive students taking advantage of the agreement will transfer to SIUC as a junior with more than 60 credit hours. “Automotive Technology graduates with a bachelor degree are in great demand, because the skills gap is worse for the auto manufacturers,” said DeBernardi.
“Now, students from Kaskaskia College’s automotive technology degree program will be able to seamlessly transfer to SIUC’s bachelor program.”  
The agreement is the latest articulation agreement KC has signed with four-year universities to help KC graduates ease their transition into a baccalaureate program.
KC Vice President of Instructional Services Dr. Greg Labyak noted that the new agreement is a product of the exemplary collaboration between program faculty at SUC and KC, as well as the strong support and assistance from the administration and staff at both institutions.
“It is very gratifying to see the increasing opportunities available to graduates of our AAS in automotive technology and other applied programs who wish to continue their education and enhance their career options,” Labyak said.
“This agreement promises to benefit many students in the years to come, and it is indicative of the growing spirit of partnership between SIUC and KC.”
Labyak noted that KC looks forward to finalizing additional agreements in other disciplines in the near future.