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Partnership Allows More Students To Earn Degrees

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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University and Volunteer State Community College have partnered with Highland Crest College Campus in Springfield to offer degree programs to students.

Students can now finish a four year degree in criminal justice by taking classes at Highland Crest College Campus in Springfield.

Within the first year of opening its doors, students did not hesitate to enroll in classes at Highland Crest College Campus in Springfield.

"I'm a criminal justice major and I started last summer," said student Stacey Allen.

For students like Allen who is a full-time student, wife, mother of five and works full time; traveling 40 plus minutes to the nearest college was not easy

"I may have had to go online to other universities, potentially out of state and I didn't want to do that," said Allen.

Both Austin Peay State University and Volunteer State Community College agreed to offer classes from the campus. But now - you can graduate with a 4 year degree without ever leaving the Highland Crest campus.

"Having the opportunity to be right here close to home really makes a difference too and financially too, with gas prices," Kevin Cook is the director of criminal justice at Volunteer State.

He says this partnership was a no brainier allowing students to earn an Associate in Science degree and effortlessly move towards earning a Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay.

"The employment projections in many different fields, whether it is corrections or law enforcement or other fields are very good," said Cook. "So, it provides that opportunity for them to find employment and pursue a degree they are interested in."

Timothy L. Hall, president of APSU said, "we believe that we can offer a criminal justice degree at a lower cost to our students; at a greater convenience to our students when we do it here together with Volunteer State."

This partnership is what Robertson County mayor saw when he fought tirelessly to make opportunities for residents in his county possible.

"There will be people here in Springfield about to go back and get a degree in Criminal Justice, who really couldn't have before," Bradley.

Enrollment for the spring semester is open for anyone wanting to take classes at Highland Crest's campus.

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