Mississippi State University and Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit signed a memorandum of understanding today [Feb. 27] to formalize partnership programs for students enrolled in technical education programs. The agreement outlines a pathway for SMCC students to complete MSU’s new Bachelor of Applied Science program, leveraging the strengths of both institutions to provide more opportunities in technical education and meet current and future workforce demands.
“We need more two-year and four-year graduates to move Mississippi forward,” MSU President Mark E. Keenum said. “By working together, I believe we’ll be able to better assist our fellow Mississippians in gaining the education they need to compete for the jobs of the 21st century. We are committed to helping all of our BAS students excel, succeed and earn a bachelor’s degree—building on the excellent foundation they have been given at SMCC.”
“Thanks to Dr. Mark Keenum and Mississippi State for partnering with Southwest to provide another incredible opportunity for our graduates,” said SMCC President Steve Bishop. “The Bachelor of Applied Science will give many of our students a great option to continue their education beyond Southwest. We have always enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Mississippi State and look forward to working together to make this articulation agreement a success.” MSU launched its BAS program in August, significantly expanding the university’s acceptance of technical credit from community colleges and military training. It is intended to serve the needs of adults who have completed a technical associate’s degree program through a community college or the military and need additional education to advance their careers.