March 16, 2011 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment Mountwest Community and Technical College, which is located in West Virginia, recently announced a partnership with Ohio University, news station WOWK reports. The agreement will allow MCTC students to seamlessly transfer to Ohio University to continue their education and earn four-year degrees. Students will participate in online classes at the bachelors degree granting institution. "The genesis for the agreement is a consortium called Educate the Tri-State," Keith J. Cotroneo, MCTC president. "The purpose of the consortium is to raise the education level across the region by making bachelor and associate degree programs more accessible." The consortium members include MCTC, Ohio University, Shawnee State University, Morehead State University, as well as Ashland Community and Technical College. According to a recent Babson-Sloan report, more than 25 percent of college students are enrolled in at least one online course. Furthermore, most higher education institutions believe that increasing web-based programs is critical for their long-term success.