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June 27

June 27, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

Aram Mrjoian
Herzing University

MCC, Herzing University partner to provide easier path to four-year degrees 

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College and Herzing University have partnered to form the DEGREE UP Partnership, a collaboration that will offer students more affordable ways to earn credits on-campus and online while working their way toward a four-year degree. Students with an associate degree from MCC will have a new, more flexible option to earn a four-year degree with DEGREE UP.
DEGREE UP provides a student-centered, affordable educational opportunity for MCC students. Following students’ completion of an associate degree and application to DEGREE UP, they can pursue credit from both institutions simultaneously including additional courses through MCC. This partnership will allow students to get educational training while taking advantage of the community college tuition rate for many of the required courses.
DEGREE UP students will take their courses from Herzing University online or at one of Herzing’s brick-and-mortar campuses, such as in Omaha, allowing them to stay and finish their bachelor’s degree in-state. The end result is a bachelor’s degree from Herzing University in as little as four years.
“We are always looking for ways to better serve our student population. This new partnership with Herzing University exemplifies that,” said Ingrid Berlin, dean of Enrollment Services. “The DEGREE UP Partnership is a great fit for us because both institutions are committed to education and training that students can use in the career world.”
For Herzing University, the DEGREE UP program serves as a nationwide model for career-focused education.
“We want to give all students an equal opportunity to pursue competitive, career-ready degrees,” said Herzing University President Renee Herzing. “Everyone should be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in the most efficient manner possible, without having to worry about a difficult transition between schools.”
Herzing University, a private nonprofit academic institution, encompasses 11 campuses in eight states, a continuing education division, an online division, and has a current enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. Founded in Milwaukee in 1965, today the University offers career-focused, convenient and caring education for master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees, diplomas and continuing education in the fields of nursing, technology, business, healthcare, design and public safety. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Herzing University as one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs” nationally. Herzing University has also been recognized as a member of the 2015 GI Jobs Magazine’s list of “Military Friendly Schools.” Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. More information about Herzing University is available at


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.