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Workplace training credits provide a college degree pathway.

Heartland Community College, Lincoln College, State Farm® enter agreements.

Heartland Community College (HCC) and Lincoln College announced a partnership that grants HCC students and alumni the ability to complete their bachelor’s degree through the Lincoln College Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) Program.

The agreement also establishes a pathway for State Farm employees to transfer prior learning assessment (PLA) credits into the baccalaureate degree program at Lincoln College.

The PLA credits are awarded by Heartland for workplace training programs completed by State Farm Customer Care Center (CCC) employees. The credit recognizes learning that is completed outside of the classroom and can allow a student to enroll in more advanced courses without some prerequisites. Lincoln College will accept PLA credit toward a bachelor’s degree for transfer students, ensuring a smooth transition from HCC to Lincoln College for students utilizing PLA credit.

The agreement was announced and signed during the June Board of Trustees meeting at Heartland Community College. The CCC College Credit program is currently only available to CCC employees in Phoenix and now Bloomington. State Farm is working to expand the program in the Dallas and Atlanta hub locations.

“These free college credits for State Farm CCC employees are a win-win,” said Steve Florence, CCC assistant vice president. “At State Farm, our employees’ education and professional development is very important to us. After meeting eligibility criteria, employees may earn college credits for training they took while working. This saves them time, money, and can jump-start their college career.”


In the News:

Pantagraph - Watch now: Heartland, Lincoln College, State Farm enter agreements (6/15/21)

Lincoln Courier - Two local colleges have new agreement with State Farm (6/15/21)

WRPW-FM 92.9 - Lincoln College and Heartland Community College Announce New Articulation (6/15/21)

WHOI-TV - Heartland Community College, Lincoln College announce new partnership (6/15/21)

Herald & Review - Watch now: Heartland, Lincoln College sign agreement (6/15/21)


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