Community College of Beaver County welcomed Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, onto its campus at a signing event on October 8, 2013. With the agreement, Franklin University now offers programs onsite at CCBC. Previously, the partnership gave CCBC graduates access to Franklin’s online degree program, but this new partnership brings courses and degree opportunities directly to the campus. 

“We know first-hand the quality of educational programs that Franklin University offers,” said Dr. Joe D. Forrester, President of Community College of Beaver County. “This agreement extends the opportunity to even more CCBC students and takes our partnership with Franklin University to another level. We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our relationship with Franklin and about the new options it provides to members of our community.”

Through the CCBC partnership with Franklin University, students gain the benefit of saving money on tuition costs by being able to earn an associate’s degree at CCBC and take an additional year of courses at CCBC before transferring to Franklin to complete one year of coursework to earn a bachelor’s degree. Franklin accepts more than 80 semester credits from CCBC in transfer, significantly more than the sixty hour limit from other colleges and universities. 

“When forming partnerships, we look for institutions with similar outlooks regarding accessibility, student success, and quality of education,” said Dr. David R. Decker, President of Franklin University. “CCBC is a primary example of an institution that embraces those values. With this partnership, we can make an even greater contribution to the economy and workforce in Western Pennsylvania.”

Franklin University has a long-standing commitment to serving the needs of working adults and partnering with community colleges to meet workforce development needs.

  “My relationship with CCBC and Franklin University has been phenomenal,” said Vicki Suehr, current CCBC employee and CCBC and Franklin University alumnus. “After completing my associate’s degree with CCBC, I moved on to pursue my bachelor’s degree and then my master’s degree from Franklin University. Dr. Forrester and Dr. Decker are committed to the alliance and how the partnership helps employee growth.”  

On site programs will be offered beginning this Fall in Franklin’s fully accredited B.S.  Business Administration and Management & Leadership (double major) and B.S. – Allied Healthcare Management, aligning skill sets with the workforce needs and employment projections of Beaver County and surrounding areas.


About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations, regional locations in Beavercreek, Ohio and Indianapolis, as well as at five co-locations across Ohio, in addition to online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new Risk Management and Insurance undergraduate major available this Fall) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at 

 Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


About Community College of Beaver County

Community College of Beaver County is an open door admissions institution located in Monaca, PA. The College provides more than 60 programs of study, offering students the opportunity to earn associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in such areas as the arts and sciences, aviation, business, health careers, human service, and technologies as well as non-credit enrichment courses and workforce development programs for the community and surrounding areas. Dedicated to helping more students succeed, CCBC is also an Achieving the Dream Leader College.