STEUBENVILLE — Kent State University and Eastern Gateway Community College have inked a new agreement making it easier for Eastern Gateway students to earn a bachelor's degree at Kent State.

The schools are linking Eastern Gateway’s associate of arts degree to Kent State’s bachelor of science in information technology degree and bachelor of technical and applied studies degree. Students also will be able to complete the technical and applied studies degree with a concentration on insurance studies.

Kent State also will house an advising center at Eastern Gateway’s Steubenville campus.

“We are excited about the partnership with Kent State University that will enhance opportunities for all students at our Steubenville campus and will increase articulated pathways from EGCC to Kent State,” Eastern Gateway President Jimmie Bruce said in a prepared statement.

Eastern Gateway serves students in Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties with campuses in Youngstown and in Steubenville, not far from Kent State’s East Liverpool campus.

“At Kent State, we believe that when Ohio’s public higher education system works together, the students, families and communities we serve win,” Kent State President Beverly Warren said in a prepared statement. “Look no further than our innovative new partnership with Eastern Gateway, which brings together our unique capabilities to open new doors for more students who aspire to earn a four-year degree but may otherwise miss the opportunity.”