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St. Gregory's University Partners with Tulsa Tech

St. Gregory's University has entered into a partnership with Tulsa Tech to allow students who complete Tulsa Tech's Career Tech program the opportunity to transfer credits towards an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree at St. Gregory's.

The agreement, which was signed April 29, will allow students to apply up to 32 hours of credit toward an Associate of Applied Science degree from St. Gregory's, which is equivalent to 50 percent progress toward completion of their degree. They can also transfer an additional 10 hours of credit toward a Bachelor's of Applied Sciences degree.

“Partnering with an outstanding institution like Tulsa Tech is an incredible opportunity,” SGU President Greg Main said. “St. Gregory’s recognizes the value of the experience Tulsa Tech students earn through their studies, and we look forward to helping them further their academic careers for years to come.”

Tulsa Tech is the oldest and largest technology center in Oklahoma’s Career Tech system, with eight campuses in the Tulsa area, serving approximately 4,000-5,000 full-time students per year, in addition to a large number of business and industry clients who take courses customized to their particular field. Overall, approximately 60,000 students were served by Tulsa Tech in 2012.

“We know the world has changed,” Tulsa Tech Superintendent Steve Tiger said, “and the more education a person has, the more successful they will be. We agree with many national studies now that promote the combination of high-end technical training with rigorous academics, and we feel that this partnership with St. Gregory’s will allow them to have that.”

According to Dr. Bill Mayfield, St. Gregory’s Vice President of Graduate and Continuing Studies, SGU created the Associate’s of Applied Sciences degree specifically to accommodate the academic needs of Tulsa Tech students who wished to continue their educations without losing credit for the knowledge they have already earned.

“If a student wants to transfer the technical credits earned at Tulsa Tech to a community college,” Mayfield said, “they are typically only allowed to transfer to like classes. If that community college doesn’t offer classes in their area of study, they can’t transfer there without having to start over. St. Gregory’s will give students credit for all of the work they put in to earning their Career Tech certifications.”

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