Emporia State, Butler Community College team up to help students earn degrees

Under a new agreement, Emporia State University and Butler Community College will work together to help area nontraditional students earn their bachelor's degrees.

The program will start in the fall of 2010 with students choosing from two majors — business administration and information systems.

Classes will be taught at BCC's El Dorado campus and scheduled in the late afternoons and evenings for students who need to balance school with full-time employment.

This is the second time the two schools have joined forces. In 2004, ESU and Butler launched the BEST program — Butler and Emporia from Students to Teachers. Since that time, 86 students have gone through the program and are teaching in area elementary school classrooms.

"The model for this kind of collaborative endeavor has stood the test of time, with the BEST program," said Jackie Vietti, president of BCC, in a news release issued by Emporia State University. "So, we have absolute confidence that this initiative will be equally effective."