Updated Fri, Feb 8, 2013 12:58 pm
West Virginia State University and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College are partnering to make it easier for students to earn a bachelor's degree in five career fields.
The schools said Thursday that the agreements are part of efforts to meet the changing economic needs of the region.
Under the agreements, students can begin their education at the community college level and then complete their degree at WVSU.
The agreements are in areas of criminal justice, art, history, English and health sciences leadership.
WVSU President Brian Hemphill says the move will help students graduate sooner and begin contributing to the growing economies in West Virginia.