- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - The expansion of a regional college affiliation in southeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota should benefit students and the local economy, North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman said.

Tri-College University was founded 45 years ago to combine course offerings from North Dakota State University in Fargo, Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and what is now Minnesota State University Moorhead. An expansion announced last week will add the College of Science - based in Wahpeton with a satellite campus in Fargo - and Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead.

The agreement includes an exchange program that allows undergraduate students to take courses at any of the Tri-College campuses without paying additional fees, which should improve graduation rates, according to Tri-College University Provost Tim Flakoll.

The expansion would also boost businesses, Richman told The Daily News of Wahpeton (http://bit.ly/1dOz41H ).

“If you need a workforce and you’re looking to relocate or expand, having 35,000 available students is a plus for a business,” he said. “We really see it strengthening the region. It’s a way to recruit business and to recruit students.”

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Information from: Wahpeton Daily News, http://www.wahpetondailynews.com

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