The agreement between Meridian Community College and Mississippi State-Meridian Campus will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, with a concentration in broadcasting, by taking course work at both institutions.
"I have the honor of announcing, although while still under construction, the Riley Foundation has now given birth to its first academic program," said MSU Meridian dean, Dr. Harold Nichols at a news conference at Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian.
"By working together we have been able to put together a program that would not be announced today were it not for the project across the street," said Dr. Charles Lee, referring to the Riley Performing Arts Center.
"As Dr. Lee and Dr. Nichols said, this is just the start of something that we hope is going to be very big for our community and I think it's going to be a magnet for Meridian, Mississippi, and for this region," said MCC president, Dr. Scott Elliott.
Because of this agreement, students will be able to begin their studies in MCC's broadcasting program and then transfer to MSU-Meridian to complete their undergraduate degree.
"I see this as an advancement," Elliott said. "We're going to have students perhaps coming from all over the state."
"It's a great way to make additional use of this facility," said Lee.
Dr. Lee is the guest for WTOK's On the Record program that will air Sunday at 5:30 p.m.