MCC, Grantham University ink transfer agreement

Students, faculty, staff and graduates of Metropolitan Community College now have a new opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or a graduate degree through a new transfer agreement with Grantham University, a 61-year-old institution delivering accredited online degree programs to working adult students around the world.

“Grantham is an online university which allows students greater flexibility to earn an advanced degree even if they are working full time, raising families, or serving on military active duty,” said Marilyn Bartels, Ph.D., Grantham’s provost and chief academic officer.  “Through transfer agreements with schools like Metropolitan Community College, we are able to provide more opportunities to improve students’ pursuit of higher education and a more secure future.”

The agreements, signed by leaders of the two schools on August 10, allow students to transfer credits to Grantham toward earning a bachelor’s or graduate degree. In addition, eligible faculty, staff and graduates of Metropolitan Community College will receive discounted tuition at Grantham.  All MCC faculty and staff who enroll within the first six months of the agreement will receive a $500 tuition grant from Grantham.

“This partnership between Grantham and MCC is important because it provides MCC students a pathway to baccalaureate degrees through online courses,” said Paul Long, MCC’s vice chancellor for academic affairs and technology. “Students can move right into the four-year degree path and continue learning wherever they are.”

Grantham’s student body is largely comprised of active-duty military personnel and veterans. MCC serves a fair number of veterans and service men and women and is working to increase that number.

Key representatives for both institutions were on hand for the ceremony, including: Grantham University President Joe McGrath; Dr. Bartels; Mr. Long; Sergeant First Class Darryl Myers, Grantham graduate and U.S. Army reservist; and Richard Curasi, COL, USA (Ret.), MCC military and ROTC programs advisor.

Grantham’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society. Established in 1951, the Kansas City-based university specializes in online education for the working adult student. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961, Grantham has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.

For more information about Grantham University and its degree programs, visit or call 800-955-2527.

Read news coverage of the agreement in the Lee’s Summit Journal and on NBC and CBS television.