Students celebrated with Cincinnati State President Dr. Monica Posey and Wilmington College President Dr. James Reynolds. From left: Dr. Posey, Jeff Staley (Wilmington grad), Cassandra Goldschmidt (current Wilmington student), Maurice Riggins (Wilmington grad), Dr. Reynolds.
A news conference held Oct. 8, 2018, to mark the 15-year educational partnership between Cincinnati State and Wilmington College, included several success stories from Cincinnati State graduates who also completed their bachelor's degree by taking Wilmington classes on Cincinnati State's campus.
The presidents of the two schools signed an expanded partnership agreement during the news conference.
Channel 5 aired a story about recent grad Maurice "Mo" Riggins, who completed his bachelor's in Business Management this year.
Riggins said, "I think knowing both institutions are working with nontraditional students, they take the time to make you feel comfortable. And with that, you buy into it, you feel like, 'Hey, I belong.'"
Since the partnership between the two institutions was launched in 2003, more than 400 students have earned bachelor’s degrees (or will earn their degree at the end of this semester), with an 82 percent completion rate for students who begin the Wilmington program.
Cincinnati State graduates can earn a Wilmington bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, strategic organizational leadership, education studies, or multimedia studies.
Jeff Staley, who works for Fidelity Investments, completed the Cincinnati State/Wilmington College bachelor’s degree pathway in 2007. He subsequently earned a master of business administration at Northern Kentucky University, where he is now also an adjunct instructor.
“What was key for me was being able to gain work experience while I completed my bachelor’s degree,” Staley said. “The Wilmington program at Cincinnati State afforded that, and being centrally located, made it possible for me to get from work to school in a reasonable amount of time.”
Dr. Posey said, “Many adult students see Cincinnati State as their educational home because of its convenience and the personal attention they receive. We are delighted to partner with Wilmington College because it brings that same attention to the needs of adult students seeking to further their education.”
Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds said, “This unique degree completion partnership between our institutions has literally changed students’ lives over the past 15 years as they seamlessly transition from Cincinnati State to finish their bachelor’s degrees at Wilmington College-- without ever leaving the campus they love at Cincinnati State.”
"The new pathway agreement will further strengthen our partnership for the benefit of students," he added.
(Information provided by Richard Curtis, Interim Media Coordinator, Cincinnati State)