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November 5, 2012

ULM & LDCC partner to offer reduced tuition rates for employees

ULM President Nick J. Bruno and LDCC Interim Chancellor G. Jeremiah Ryan entered into an agreement today that will allow employees at both schools to take classes at reduced tuition rates.

Dr. Ryan said, “This most recent example of the progressive partnership between ULM and LDCC is a wonderful benefit to our employees. We are a learning institution, and many of our employees have an intense motivation to gain a higher degree, be that a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate. This agreement will give them a significant financial incentive to work toward their dreams.”

Of this unique collaboration, Dr. Bruno said, “ULM strives to educate northeast Louisiana citizens who have earned their high school diplomas and are seeking college degrees. Conversely, we encourage ULM employees to benefit from the professional programs offered by LDCC. This new agreement with LDCC is one of many, and we are pleased to advance our partnership.”

ULM Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Eric Pani said he is unaware of another such unique collaboration between a four-year institution and a community college in Louisiana.

“It is more common that community college employees enroll at a university at a reduced tuition rate, but less common that university personnel, working in staff positions, have the opportunity to benefit from reduced tuition at a community college. ULM employees will now reap these benefits throughout their entire educational careers. Employees can earn their certificate and associate degrees at LDCC, and they can earn their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at ULM. This is an incredible benefit for them.”

LDCC and ULM have 12 existing articulation agreements: online nursing, biology, construction, criminal justice, English, history, psychology, sociology, communication studies, toxicology, pre-professional health studies, and healthcare management / marketing.

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