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Degree in 3 - fast-track for high school students

June 12, 2018


JCCC joins nine schools in an accelerated education path for KC students

Left to right: Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College; Dr. Greg Mosier, President of Kansas City Kansas Community College; Dr. Joe Sopcich, President of Johnson County Community College; Dr. David Cook, Vice Chancellor of KU Edwards Campus

High school students across the Kansas City metro have a new, accelerated path to a bachelor’s degree. Area school districts and community colleges joined the University of Kansas to formalize the Degree in 3 program.

Degree in 3 creates a direct, accelerated pipeline for high school students to complete a bachelor’s degree at an R1 research university. Students at participating schools may earn college credits in high school, complete an associate degree one year after graduating, and complete an Edwards Campus bachelor’s degree two years later. The program also gives Missouri students an automatic Kansas tie, which can aid in KU medical school admission, and access to KU Edwards Campus’s MetroKC tuition rate.

Degree in 3 partner institutions include:

  • Blue Valley CAPS
  • Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Diploma+
  • Olathe 21st Century Academies
  • Shawnee Mission Signature Programs
  • Southland CAPS
  • Summit Technology Academy
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • KU Edwards Campus

JCCC President Joe Sopcich said he believes this innovative agreement will afford multiple benefits for students.

“By working together, in partnership with other education institutions, our students will continue to build upon a strong and resilient academic foundation and move quickly toward achieving their personal and professional goals,” Sopcich said. “This collaborative initiative is very rewarding because it provides impactful opportunities that will transform the lives of young adults and, in turn, strengthen our communities throughout the metro area.”

Degree in 3 has grown in the three years since its inception. With more partners, awareness, and the formalization of the program, its impact is widespread.

For more information about how you might be able to take advantage of the Degree in 3 program, contact an academic counselor.