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Eureka College and ICC Partner to Help Students Achieve Degrees

EUREKA, Ill. — Illinois Central College and Eureka College have teamed up to help students gain their baccalaureate degrees.  Through a special partnership, ICC students with an associate degree will be able to seamlessly transfer to Eureka College in order to complete their baccalaureate degree in one of 30 academic or professional programs.

On Thursday, August 8, Eureka College President Dr. Jamel Santa Cruze Wright, Eureka College Provost Dr. Ann Fulop, ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, and ICC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Emmanuel Awuah gathered in the Rigazio Conference Room on the Eureka College campus to make it official.

“We are thrilled to deepen our relationship with Illinois Central College through this comprehensive articulation agreement,” said Dr. Jamel Santa Cruze Wright.  “Like the Uniquely Eureka Promise, this is yet another example of two elite, area institutions doing our part to leverage our strengths and forge a partnership that will lead to more successful outcomes for students in the greater Peoria area.”

“It’s imperative for educational institutions to work together and place the common good of our students and community first,” said Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey.  “We are absolutely thrilled to offer this opportunity with Eureka College, along with the possibility of four-year, tuition-free schooling through the two Promise programs.”

The agreement contains several unique attributes.  It made Eureka College history as it became the first agreement allowing Eureka College to accept transfer of applied science credits.  The applied science degrees from ICC accepted by Eureka College include law enforcement, drug and alcohol counselor training, finance, personal/fitness training, and accounting.

The agreement also contains the Uniquely Eureka Promise, which allows eligible ICC transfer students tuition-free scholarships to complete two years at Eureka College.  Similarly, ICC’s established partnership with Peoria Promise offers eligible students tuition-free scholarships to ICC.  Thereby, the Uniquely Eureka Promise and the articulation agreement between the two colleges, has created the possibility for eligible students to complete their baccalaureate degree tuition-free.

The partnership also includes a reverse transfer provision, which enables ICC students who transfer to Eureka College before the completion of their associate degree the ability to transfer back to ICC in order to earn a completed associate degree.