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Weatherford College, Bellevue University Celebrate Partnership

Weatherford College, located in Weatherford, Texas, and Bellevue University held a Grand Opening ceremony on September 7 to celebrate an educational partnership that would allow Weatherford students to transfer their associate degree credits to Bellevue University.

Adrian Riojas is the Relationship Manager on the Weatherford campus, connecting its students to Bellevue University. Riojas earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas and holds two master’s degree, one from Dallas Baptist and another from Texas Christian. He is currently working on his Ph.D. through Andrews University.

Riojas can be reached at adriojas@bellevue.edu or 402-332-6517.

Bellevue University President Mary Hawkins emphasized the options that the partnership creates.

“I think that the relationships that we form with the community college are really valuable, because it gives students opportunities for choice and new paths,” she said. “We build their education on what they bring from the community college and it continues to leverage their learning. A relationship is something that you invest your time into. There’s going to be an importance in knowing the culture here. A relationship matters.”

Bellevue University’s Premier Partnership network has now grown to 38 schools in 15 states. The agreement with Weatherford is the first in the state of Texas.
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Photo: Angela Olesen, Assistant Director Regional Operations at Bellevue University; Adrian Riojas, Community College Relationship Manager at Bellevue University; Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University; Dr. Kevin Eaton, President of Weatherford College; and Debbie DeBolt, Regional Partnership Director at Bellevue University.