Western Technical College and Viterbo University make co-admission agreement official

Jarrell Tarr is a sophomore at Western Technical College thinking about transferring to Viterbo.

“It’ll be more like an easier movement, and I’m already used to the environment around here,” Tarr said. “So, that’d be pretty convenient for me.”

He plans to major in human services.

“More to do out there,” Tarr said. “More opportunities for human services and stuff like that. And I like helping people out, too.”

Now, things just got easier for students like Tarr.

“Western is our top transfer partner,” Viterbo president Glena Temple said. “So we’ve been waiting to see how can we build degrees together? How can we work in partnership to make sure more students graduate?”

Officials from Western and Viterbo signed a co-admission agreement that gives an easier transition for students going from Western to Viterbo.

“It’s kinda like truth in advertising or promotion,” Western president Roger Stanford said. “You say this is what you get and this is what you’re promised for your two to five-year journey.”

The agreement also allows students to be enrolled at Western and Viterbo at once.

“That relationship (between Western and Viterbo) has always been good,” Stanford said. “It’s now better because they get all of their credits counted towards their baccalaureate degree, with no loss. I think it’s a win-win-win.”

Some credits that can be transferred over include business, engineering and education majors, and even Tarr’s very own human services.

“Having more students from Western would be wonderful to have on our campus as well,” Temple said.

Whether Tarr decides to transfer or not, he just wants to make his family proud of him.

“I’m the first child to go to college out of my family,” Tarr said. “So, I’m pretty much doing it for my family, really.”

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