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Itawamba Community College, Southern Miss partner for construction management program

Scott Emison, instructor and director of Itawamba Community College’s Construction Management program, prepares students for employment within the industry or firms in mid-level management operations or other construction opportunities (Photo by C.J. Adams, Itawamba Community College)

Itawamba Community College has announced a new partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi to make the process easier for construction management students to get their four-year degrees.

Eliminating any hiccups when it comes to transferable credits, the new “2 + 2 program” will ensure those who graduate from the Construction Management Technology program at ICC will be eligible to complete their degree work at Southern Miss in two years.

“This collaboration is a new and slightly more direct route for ICC’s students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management at Southern Miss,” said Scott Emison, director of ICC’s Construction Management Technology program. “This 2 + 2 program allows our ICC students the opportunity to fully transfer credit of 60 hours and to seamlessly enter the third-year cohort with the rest of the USM-BCM track students.”

The new program will also open more scholarships for students coming from ICC and looking to get a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Southern Miss.

“In addition to facilitating a smoother transfer process, we are delighted to announce the establishment of merit-based and financial need-based scholarships specifically designed to support transfer students continuing their studies at Southern Miss,” said Dr. Emre Bayraktar, professor and director of the School of Construction and Design at USM.

“Our dedication to providing a well-rounded and accessible education is reflected in these scholarship opportunities, which aim to recognize and support the academic achievements and financial needs of our incoming students. We look forward to providing a supportive and enriching journey for all students involved. The collaboration between our programs holds great promise, and we are excited about the positive impact it will have on the academic and professional growth of our students.”

ICC’s Construction Management Technology program, which results in an Associate of Applied Science degree, is intended to prepare technicians for employment in mid-level management operations while the Bachelor of Science degree in construction management at Southern Miss is intended to serve as the next step for graduates seeking to plan and manage workflow, personnel, equipment, and processes required to safely construct a project on time and within budget.

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