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WITC student finishes bachelor's degree online

A Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College student was awarded a bachelor's degree at a commencement ceremony Jan. 8. However, the degree awarded was not from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, but rather from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

The graduate, Dennis Brunkhorst of New Richmond, completed his bachelor's degree by participating in a unique educational alliance between Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and Franklin University. The bachelor's degree completion program allows students in the U.S. to combine on-campus coursework at their local community college with online classes through Franklin to complete their degree.

Brunkhorst majored in management information sciences.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is one of more than 270 community colleges across the U.S. that has formed an educational alliance with Franklin University. The Community College Alliance was established to provide students the opportunity to earn their bachelor's degree online while remaining in their community.

Some adult students have responded enthusiastically to the online format and the ability to fit classes into their daily schedule. Students also have the benefit of belonging to two schools at one time. They can access Franklin's resources in addition to the resources of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.