Online UniversityGrantham University Partners with Metropolitan Community College to Advance Educational Opportunities for Students

Agreement Opens New Doors for Those Pursuing Advanced Degrees

Kansas City, Mo. – August 10, 2012 – 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, 2012, 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 Metropolitan Community College 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.”

Key representatives for both institutions were on hand for the ceremony, including: Dr. Mark Skousen, author, noted economist, and namesake of Grantham’s Skousen School of Business; Dr. Bartels; Mr. Long; Grantham University President, Joe McGrath; Sergeant First Class Darryl Myers, Grantham graduate and US 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. For more information about Grantham University and its degree programs, visit or call 800-955-2527.

MCC’s mission is to prepare students, serve communities and create opportunities throughout Greater Kansas City. For more information about Metropolitan Community College and its degree programs, visit or call 816-604-1000.

About Grantham University

Established in 1951, Grantham 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 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.

About Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College, founded in 1915, has a mission of preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities. As the largest higher education institution in Greater Kansas City, MCC’s five campuses – Blue River, Business & Technology, Longview, Maple Woods and Penn Valley – serve more than 40,000 students annually through for-credit and non-credit courses and business services. Find more information at or on MCC’s news blog at