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Lake Superior College to offer bachelor degree programs

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DULUTH, MN. -- There's a big change coming to Lake Superior College. Starting next fall, the school will be offering bachelor's degrees.

Lake Superior College and Southwest Minnesota State University are launching a new partnership. This means LSC can offer three bachelor degree programs to their students starting in the fall of 2020.

"We see this as big news, exciting news for our entire community, not just these two schools, and not just their students first and foremost, that's what we are excited for, but we see this for future generations to know that you can either stay here in Duluth or come here to Duluth from somewhere else, to come to college, have an affordable quality education", said Daniel Fanning Vice President of Advancement and External Relations.

Once a student has earned a two-year degree from LSC, they will be granted admission to one of the programs based on SMSU guidelines. The programs include Community Psychology and Health Promotion, Marketing, and Agriculture Solutions.

"There's a big interest in that right now which is drawing people to our program, to our schools and to our community", said Fanning.

Students we spoke to are excited to stay in the Northland and get their education. They say these new programs mean increased opportunity.

"The familiarity is just great. It's a really great school and I would love to be here two more years to finish my bachelor's degree and then later I would save enough money to go out of state after that", said Kaylee Duran, first year student at LSC.

The bachelor program for LSC students will be delivered on-site, online or a hybrid of on campus and online at SMSU.

Officials from both schools say this will hopefully be just the beginning of what could be a big partnership between them.

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Ryan Compeau

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