November 10, 2016

Kishwaukee College will now offer students the opportunity to seamlessly transition into a four-year bachelor’s degree program through a new partnership with Olivet Nazarene University. The dual admissions initiative, Pursue ONU, will provide a path to a bachelor’s degree in nursing or criminal justice for Kishwaukee students currently enrolled in an associate’s degree program. 

Kishwaukee is one of many community colleges participating in Pursue ONU, to help students transfer to Olivet to complete their baccalaureate degree. Kishwaukee students receive support from Olivet’s Financial Solutions, Admissions, and Academic Advising departments.

Kishwaukee College is located just 60 miles from Chicago and serves students from the Northern Illinois region.

“As a two-year college offering occupation degrees and certifications to nearly 8,000 students – Kishwaukee has a wonderful chance to provide further educational opportunities for students, and Olivet is glad to partner with them,” said Jonathan Bartling, Olivet’s Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

“We are excited to begin this Olivet partnership with our nursing program,” said Bette Chilton, Dean of Health & Education at Kishwaukee College. “It’s a collaborative model that is designed for the student to succeed.”

The Pursue ONU initiative allows students to be simultaneously admitted to Kishwaukee College and Olivet Nazarene University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS.) Through SGCS, adults and other non-traditional students can study Nursing, Business, Education, Criminal Justice, Engineering, and Ministry at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Classes can be taken online or at numerous locations throughout the Midwest.

Dually admitted Kishwaukee students can transfer more quickly by taking general education and prerequisite classes before beginning as full-time Olivet students. Academic advisors will ensure that students are enrolled in only the courses needed to pursue their bachelor degree.