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ECC students can get 4-year degrees without a move

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Kathleen McNamara teaches a social gerontology course through Columbia College of Missouri on Wednesday nights in Building K of Elgin Community College.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

Students participate in the social gerontology course at Elgin Community College on Wednesday nights. The course, taught through Columbia College of Missouri, is possible because of a partnership between the two schools.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

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Kerry McCullor of Elgin is taking a social gerontology course from Columbia College of Missouri professor Kathleen McNamara -- but she attends classes at Elgin Community College. The two institutions have a partnership that makes it possible for ECC students to get four-year degrees.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

Instructor Kathleen McNamara makes a point during an Elgin Community College/Columbia College of Missouri social gerontology course at ECC.

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Student participates during an Elgin Community College/Columbia College of Missouri social gerontology course at ECC.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

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Kerry McCullor is just one class away from meeting the graduation requirements for an associate degree from Elgin Community College. McCullor, 38, wants a bachelor's degree, too, and thanks to a partnership with Columbia College of Missouri, she can stay right where she is and get it. Similar partnerships are in place with Judson University and Northern Illinois University.
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    • Kathleen McNamara teaches a social gerontology course through Columbia College of Missouri on Wednesday nights in Building K of Elgin Community College.
    • Students participate in the social gerontology course at Elgin Community College on Wednesday nights. The course, taught through Columbia College of Missouri, is possible because of a partnership between the two schools.
    • Kerry McCullor of Elgin is taking a social gerontology course from Columbia College of Missouri professor Kathleen McNamara — but she attends classes at Elgin Community College. The two institutions have a partnership that makes it possible for ECC students to get four-year degrees.
    • Instructor Kathleen McNamara makes a point during an Elgin Community College/Columbia College of Missouri social gerontology course at ECC.
    • Student participates during an Elgin Community College/Columbia College of Missouri social gerontology course at ECC.
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