University Center helps students earn four-year degrees
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The University Center, located across the street from the TLC Building, is a student’s answer to receive a local and less expensive four-year degree.
Introduced in January 2008, the center was a part of a collaboration between Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s initiative and LCC.
The center quickly developed partnerships with six universities.
These universities included Ferris State University, Lawrence Tech, Northwood, Siena Heights, University of Michigan- Flint and Western Michigan University.
Director of The University Center Patty Spagnuolo spoke on the classes the University Center specializes in.
“We kind of had an education gap, because of the automotive recession — now Michigan is turning to more knowledge-based economies,” Spagnuolo said. “Knowledge-based economies are built more on health care, IT, education, professional and, financial businesses and if you look at our top degrees, they go hand in hand.”
While there are several universities to choose from, some specialize in certain areas of expertise.
U of M Flint specializes in nursing. Ferris State focuses on criminal justice and elementary education. Northwood is geared toward business administration.
Spagnuolo encouraged students to use the University Center’s website lcc.edu/uc to become familiar with what each university has to offer.
The University Center also maintains a relationship with LCC’s academic adviser to give students the best option on where and which classes are necessary.
“Each school has their own admission advising person, but they do know the LCC advisers,” Spagnuolo said. “They have to work back and forth with students; they are very conscientious of the student.”
Spagnuolo said students with a four-year degree have a much more vital and competitive edge when applying for a job.
LCC student and University Center employee Majidh Khalique, who is working toward a degree in business administration, said she would like new students to be aware of the center.
“I would suggest for LCC students to come here first and take a look at the programs,” Khalique said, “to see if there is anything they are interested in. Because it there is a program here they like it would save them a lot of time in the long run.”