Salina Area Technical College and Fort Hays State University are partnering on a series of agreements that will make it both easier and more affordable tor people across North Central Kansas to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in a number of different disciplines.

President Tisa Mason of Fort Hays State University and President Greg Nichols of Salina Area Technical College are scheduled to sign the agreements in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13, in Room A-131 of Building A on the Salina Tech Campus.

An open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 13, which will give anyone interested an opportunity to visit the campus, tour classrooms, labs and other facilities, meet students, instructors and staff, try out various simulators and see demonstrations in some departments.

These new agreements allow students to take more than half of their classes through Salina Tech and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, and then transfer all of those credits to Fort Hays State University, where they can continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a number of different fields.

The fields included in the agreement are:

General Studies: Students can take up to 45 hours of General Education courses at Salina Tech before transferring to Fort Hays to earn a Bachelor of General Studies degree.

Criminal Justice: Students will be able to earn an Associate Degree in Salina Tech’s new Police Science program, and then transfer to Fort Hays to earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Health Studies: Students who earn an Associate of Applied Science in one of Salina Tech’s health care programs, will be able to transfer to Fort Hays to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies.

Technology Leadership: Students who earn an Associate of Applied Science in any of Salina Tech’s technical programs will be able to transfer to Fort Hays to earn a Bachelor of Science in Technology Leadership, with a concentration on either Career and Technical Education or Business and Industry.