Blackhawk Technical College and Herzig University: Degree Up initiative provides flexible path to bachelor’s degrees

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Janesville – Blackhawk Technical College students who earn an associate degree and carry a minimum 2.0 grade point average are now eligible for immediate admission to Herzing University to pursue a four-year degree.

Blackhawk, which offers (19) associate degree programs, is now connected to Herzing’s DEGREE UP initiative.

DEGREE UP maximizes credits received at a technical or community college and provides a flexible scheduling option that will allow BTC students to complete four-year degree requirements at Blackhawk when available at BTC’s tuition rate. Students are required to complete at least 25 percent of their required degree credits with Herzing, which offers online credit courses and has 11 sites around the nation, including Wisconsin campuses in Madison, Brookfield and Kenosha.

For example, if a Blackhawk student were to complete an associate degree in Business Management, the student would need to earn 56 more credits for a four-year degree from Herzing. The student would be able to complete 22 of those credits at BTC.

“At Blackhawk Technical College, our goal is to make sure that students always have opportunities to pursue further education,’’ said Dr. Diane Nyhammer, BTC’s Vice President of Learning. “This agreement is just one more way to provide that important avenue.’’

With the addition of Herzing, Blackhawk now offers 37 schools in its transfer agreement portfolio.

Herzing is a private, non-profit school accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Information about how to get started in the DEGREE UP initiative is available at General information about Herzing and its program offerings is available at

“We want to give all students equal opportunity to pursue competitive, career-ready degrees,” said Herzing University President Renee Herzing. “Everyone should be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in the most efficient manner possible, without having to worry about a difficult transition between schools.”
Blackhawk Technical College is the ninth school in the 16-school Wisconsin Technical College System to offer the DEGREE UP option.

BTC offers associate degrees in: Accounting, Administrative Support Professional, Agribusiness Science and Technology, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Vascular, Early Childhood Education, Electro-Mechanical Technology (Automated Systems), Fire Protection Technician, Human Resources, Individualized Technical Studies, Information Technology – Network Specialist, Information Technology – Web Software Developer, Medical Administrative Specialist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant and Radiography.

Blackhawk Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System. BTC has five campus locations in Monroe, Milton, Beloit and Janesville, WI offering more than 50 programs including two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, BTC is a major provider of customized training and technical assistance for the Rock and Green County business community. More than half of all adults living in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training during the last decade.

Herzing University, a private nonprofit academic institution, encompasses 11 campuses in eight states, a continuing education division, an online division, and has a current enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. Founded in Milwaukee in 1965, today the University offers career-focused, convenient and caring education for master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees, diplomas and continuing education in the fields of nursing, technology, business, healthcare, design and public safety. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Herzing University as one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs” nationally. Herzing University has also been recognized as a member of the 2015 GI Jobs Magazine’s list of “Military Friendly Schools.” Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. More information about Herzing University is available at: