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KY HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS PARTNER TO PROVIDE VIRTUAL TRANSFER FAIR

Bowling Green, Ky. Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) students who wish to transfer their credits or associate degree to Western Kentucky University (WKU) or another four-year institution will have the opportunity to connect with those institutions, ask questions and better prepare for their future during a Transfer Madness fair. Transfer Madness will be Thursday, March 26 from 1 p.m. 7 p.m. CDT.

Transfer Madness is the only online, statewide transfer fair where students can chat online with transfer advisors, search for scholarships, download materials and get questions answered at a time that suits their family and work schedules. Application fees will be waived for those who visit a booth during Transfer Madness.

The event is being sponsored by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Council on Postsecondary Education. This year 22 Kentucky four-year institutions are participating in addition to KCTCS.

Choosing one of Kentucky's outstanding universities at which to complete a bachelor's degree can be an exciting and challenging task for community college transfer students, says Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) President, Dr. Phillip Neal. The Transfer Madness event is a unique virtual opportunity to conduct research and build linkages with more than a dozen four-year institutions in the same environment. It is a one-stop-shop that maximizes a student's contact with institutional officials while minimizing their travel and expense.

Transfer Madness supports the Council s Stronger by Degrees strategic plan to improve the quality of Kentucky s workforce by increasing the number of students who transfer from KCTCS colleges to four-year institutions. One of the goals of House Bill 160 (2010) is to eliminate the barriers students encounter when trying to transfer to a four-year institution, and one of the barriers is a lack of information and engagement between students and transferring institutions.

According to Jasmine Bass, a SKYCTC graduate and current student at Western Kentucky university (WKU), her experience as a SKYCTC student and work-study employee was an essential stepping stone to her career goals.

Being able to be a part of a college community so strongly concerned about the education of their students helped reinsure that others do want to see you succeed, says Jasmine. After graduation I transferred my credits to WKU and now I am a step closer to getting my dream career as a social worker .

In addition to the online fair, a KCTCS Transfer Madness Twitter Game is underway. The game is played in a typical bracket style by paring up the 16 KCTCS colleges against each other for a Sweet 16 tweet-off. The colleges are encouraging their students to tweet about where they plan on transferring to and include #kytransfermadness. The Sweet 16 round will run from Monday, March 16 Thursday, March 19. The following rounds will be played the following week leading up to the championships on Wednesday, March 25. For official game instructions visit: http://transfermadness.org/twitter-game/

SKYCTC is encouraging their students planning to transfer to a four-year college after obtaining their Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Applied Science Degree at SKYCTC to log on to the Transfer Madness website for information. SKYCTC will offer assistance to students the day of the event in the Student Success Center on the College s Main Campus.

To register and to view a list of participating Transfer Madness colleges, universities and education partners, visit www.transfermadness.org. Follow us on Twitter at #KYtransfermadness.

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