Cecil College Partners with StraighterLine to Help All Marylanders Earn Certificates and College Degrees

Cecil College Partners with StraighterLine to Help All Marylanders Earn Certificates and College Degrees

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For Immediate Release BALTIMORE, MD – StraighterLine (www.straighterline.com) announced today that Cecil College (http://www.cecil.edu/) has joined its network of partner colleges. Cecil College will accept the credits earned from more than 30 of StraighterLine’s entry-level online courses in the areas of business, English, humanities, mathematics, science, and languages. Cecil College and StraighterLine make excellent partners because both are focused on helping all who have the desire and ability to benefit from a higher education, regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, handicap, or socioeconomic status. “Students of all stripes, but particularly adult students, need multiple pathways into college,” says Burck Smith, CEO of StraighterLine. “By partnering with StraighterLine, Cecil College gives Maryland students one more option.” “Maryland community colleges are committed to exploring new pathways for realizing Governor O’Malley’s college completion goal – that 55 percent of Marylanders will hold a college degree or certificate by the year 2025,” said Cecil College President Dr. W. Stephen Pannill. “Cecil College embraces non-traditional ways to support student progress toward the completion of a postsecondary credential.” About Cecil College Cecil College is a comprehensive, open admission, learner-centered institution providing career, transfer and continuing education coursework and programs. Our more than 100 degree and certificate offerings anticipate and meet the dynamic intellectual, cultural and economic development challenges of Cecil County and the surrounding region. Through our support services and a technologically enriched learning environment, Cecil College strives to empower each learner with the skills, knowledge and values needed for college preparation, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, workforce entry or advancement, and personal enrichment. It is our goal to be the premier provider for learning throughout the region. For more information about Cecil College, visit www.cecil.edu. About StraighterLine StraighterLine has been recognized as a revolutionizing force in education by major news organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for offering students online courses that earn real college credit for just $99 a month. Inside Higher Ed recognized StraighterLine for offering the “...lowest-cost set of credit-bearing courses on the Internet.” And Fast Company named StraighterLine one of the “10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.” In order to facilitate the award of credit, StraighterLine has forged partnerships with leading accredited online colleges and universities. A student ultimately earns a degree from those institutions but realizes tremendous savings and convenience by starting with StraighterLine. StraighterLine’s courses are evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), which includes over 1,800 participating colleges and universities. In addition to the institutions with which StraighterLine has a direct relationship, more than 350 other schools are reported to have accepted StraighterLine coursework for transfer credit. Currently, StraighterLine offers entry-level college courses online in the Sciences, Humanities, English, Math, Business and Language. Many StraighterLine courses are now offered in both self-paced and professor-led formats. Recently, AHIMA approved continuing education credits for two StraighterLine science courses specifically for ICD10 certification programs. 5 StraighterLine courses have been approved by The College Board to be listed as AP courses. As a pioneer in the movement to revolutionize college for America, StraighterLine also offers alternatives to college courses including Prior Learning Assessments and credit-by-examinations that let students earn college credit for knowledge and life experiences they already possess. For information, visit www.straighterline.com or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).  For information about Cecil College, visit www.cecil.edu or call (410) 287-1000.


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