The presidents of Fort Hays State University and Salina Area Technical College came together Tuesday morning in Salina to sign an agreement making it easier and more affordable for people across North Central Kansas to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Fort Hays State University President Tisa Mason, left, shakes hands with Salina Tech President Greg Nichols following the Feb. 13 signing ceremony.

“This opens the door for folks in Salina and the surrounding communities, or anywhere in the state, really, to take credits here and transfer those credits to Fort Hays State University to work toward their goal of higher education,” said Salina Tech President Greg Nichols at the signing ceremony.

“Fort Hays State is so pleased to have an opportunity to partner with Salina Area Technical College for several reasons,” said Tisa Mason, president of Fort Hays State University. “We believe that President Nichols and the faculty and staff here at Salina Tech are leading with vision, ambition and out-of-the-box thinking in ways which are strongly focused on driving workforce needs for now and into the future.”