Finish Your College Degree through Project Graduate Program; Fair Sept. 30

photo from Project Graduate News Conference

Eastern Kentucky University along with the Commonwealth’s other public universities and community and technical colleges are teaming up to offer a statewide, virtual college fair for former students and other adults who are close to completing their college degrees.

The Project Graduate College Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT and will connect prospective students to college advisers who can answer questions via text and video chat, and help get the adults on a path to finish their degree.

Students can log on to register at www.projectgraduate.org through the day of the fair.

Among the speakers at a news conference on Sept. 23 announcing the fair were Lisa Cox, director of the Student Outreach and Transition Office at EKU, and Danville native George Selden, who played basketball at Eastern in 1999-2000 and returned to the Richmond campus under the Project Graduate program and with the assistance of a NCAA scholarship that Cox helped him obtain.

Selden graduated from EKU last December with a general studies degree with an emphasis in sports management, earning a 3.64 GPA his senior year.

“I wanted to show my children I had a degree,” Selden said.

Cox, who returned to school in her late 30s to earn a master’s degree, well understands the challenges for older adult students, especially those with families. “There are ways to manage,” she said.

So far, EKU has graduated 205 student under the Project Graduate program.

The Council launched the nationally recognized program in 2007, in collaboration with the state’s public four-year universities. Statewide, more than 1,500 students have earned their bachelor’s degrees through the program, and another 1,000 were in the pipeline last fall.

New this fall is the participation of the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

“We are excited that our campuses have joined together to host a convenient college fair for busy working adults who want to finish their degrees,” Council Chair Pam Miller said. “Together, we are sending the message loud and clear: You can finish and we will help.”

To qualify for Project Graduate, students must have earned 80 or more credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree or 30 or more toward an associate degree.

The four-year institutions will waive application fees for qualifying students who both attend the fair and register for classes in the Spring 2015 term. KCTCS does not charge application fees.

Project Graduate is the recipient of the 2012 Noel-Levitz Retention Award for Excellence and is a key strategy in the state’s college completion agenda. The primary components include one statewide brand, campus advocates, and high-touch services and incentives, which vary by institution.

For more information, visit www.projectgraduate.org.

Published on September 26, 2014

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