Local community colleges partnering with Mississippi State program

Published: Feb. 26, 2020 at 12:41 PM CST
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Students and people in the workforce with an associate of applied science degree who want to advance their careers will now have an opportunity to do so.

Meridian and East Central Community Colleges are partnering with Mississippi State University to allow for people with an AAS degree to get their bachelor's degree that is needed for higher-level positions. This can be all done through the new bachelor of applied science degree at MSU.

“This is a real exciting opportunity for many, many students who are about to complete their associate of applied science, and for many working adults who have for years have been working in a career, now they can easily transition online and complete their bachelor’s degree,” says Dr. Mark Keenum, the president of MSU.

“It’s a win-win-win, it’s a win all around,” says Dr. Billy Stewart, the president of ECCC. “It’s a win for our students, it’s a win for East Central Community College, it’s a win for Mississippi State, and quite honestly, it’s a win for the state of Mississippi as companies look to relocate here or locate here.”

MSU’s partnership was extended Wednesday afternoon at Meridian Community College where President Keenum told a large crowd that people with career technical hours can transfer those hours toward the completion of a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree. Keenum and MCC President Tom Huebner told Newscenter 11 Wednesday’s signing agreement was the start of something big.

“It’s just another open door, a great opportunity, Mississippi State has provided great leadership in creating this opportunity for our students and we couldn’t be more pleased to be a part,” said President Huebner.

After discussing the new partnership, President Keenum and Huebner physically signed a new agreement among MCC faculty and staff.

MSU started its Bachelor of Applied Science program this past August. Credits can be earned either online or in-person.

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