Bay College Signs Business Program Agreements with LSSU


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Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business have a clear transfer pathway with Bay College and Lake Superior State University’s (LSSU) renewed degree program agreements.

Recognizing the educational and economic development needs of the citizens of Delta County, Bay College and LSSU have a history of working together.  In 1989, LSSU began offering baccalaureate degrees in accounting and business administration in Escanaba, shortly thereafter other articulated degrees were added. These renewed degree agreements provide pathways for students to start at Bay College and transfer to LSSU’s Sault Ste Marie campus or remain local.

“Now more than ever, we need to support student learning and access to educational opportunities,” states Cindy Carter, Bay College Vice President of Business, Technology, Allied Health and Workforce Training.  “The continued partnership between Bay College and LSSU and the opportunity for local students to have access to Bachelor Degree programs close to home is critical to supporting our students, workforce and the communities we serve. We are excited to renew our long-standing agreements with LSSU.”

“We continue to strengthen our partnership with Bay College,” adds Dr. Kimberly Muller, Dean of the College of Innovation and Solutions, which includes the Lukenda School of Business.  “Students who have transferred from Bay College to complete these bachelor’s degrees at LSSU have a proven record of successful employment.”

Students can seamlessly transfer to LSSU’s Lukenda School of Business in Sault Ste.  Marie to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, cannabis business, entrepreneurship, finance & economics, international business, management, or marketing.  Students desiring to remain local also have options of earning baccalaureates in accounting, business, criminal justice, education, general studies, and nursing, without ever having to leave Bay’s Main Campus in Escanaba or West Campus in Iron Mountain.

“I’m excited to re-formalize these agreements which are another example of the strong partnership between Bay and LSSU – a partnership that benefits our local students through convenience and cost savings,” said Heidi Rife, LSSU’s Escanaba-Iron Mountain regional center director.  “These agreements allow students to leverage their Bay College credits into LSSU’s baccalaureate degrees and further career opportunities.”  Rife serves as an on-site advisor at Bay College, which enables students to prepare early for continuing their education through LSSU.

Contact Heidi Rife, LSSU Regional Center Director, at 906-217-4123 or the Bay College Transfer Office at 906-217-4047 for more information.

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Lake Superior State University is one of Michigan's most affordable public universities with One-Rate at Lake State tuition for all. Surrounded by three Great Lakes, LSSU is an unsurpassed location for research, innovation, and real-world experiences. Signature programs include fisheries and wildlife management, engineering, nursing, criminal justice, business, robotics engineering, fire science, and kinesiology. In 2019, Lake State launched the first cannabis chemistry program in the nation. LSSU also was the first campus nationwide to offer an accredited four-year fire science program; it is one of three in the U.S. LSSU was the first campus nationwide to offer an accredited four-year robotics engineering technology program and is the only university nationwide to offer undergraduate education in industrial robotics. LSSU also offers several certificate programs. Regional centers are in Escanaba, Iron Mountain, and Petoskey. LSSU opened its newest location in St. Helen in 2020. Additional LSSU hallmarks include the annual Banished Words List that receives worldwide media coverage and a student-run Atlantic salmon hatchery at its renowned Center for Freshwater Research and Education. LSSU’s NCAA Division I hockey team has won five national championships; men compete in five other sports and women in six at the Division II level. Lake State was founded in 1946 in Sault Ste. Marie, the oldest city in Michigan (1668), on the site of the former U.S. Army’s Fort Brady. Lake State has approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, with 88 percent coming from Michigan, and with every county represented. Ninety percent of full-time students receive financial aid.