An innovative partnership with several four-year universities provides students with a convenient way to earn a bachelor's or master's degree, without the hassle of relocating or a lengthy commute.
Students enrolled in a degree program offered through the University Center have access to advising support from both LCC and the partner university. Students complete all coursework online, or onsite at the center.
The University Center is located in the Alan Thompson Library on the LCC campus. Students meet with their advisors and take all onsite courses in the center's high technology classrooms, and have access to study areas and WiFi. Students can also participate in campus activities and events, as well as take advantage of campus resources that are available to all students, such as the Library, Gym and Fitness Center, and Student Center.
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The Lower Columbia Regional University Center provides convenient options for residents of Cowlitz and surrounding counties to earn bachelor's degrees without relocating or a lengthy commute. The goal of the center is to increase the number of adults with bachelor's degrees in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, and the number of local professionals qualified to fill supervisory and management positions with area companies. The center is located in the Alan Thompson Library.
The Lower Columbia region has one of the higher ratios of residents earning an associate degree in our state, but one of the lowest percentages of residents completing a bachelor's degree. Only 16% of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum county adults over age 25 have completed four or more years of college compared to a state average of 32%.
An on-campus University Center removes psychological, social, financial, and physical barriers and adds stepping stones to increasing academic and career options for students.