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MSU, Hinds Community College sign MOU for Bachelor of Applied Science degree program

MSU Photo ID: While on a video conference with Hinds Community College leaders Thursday [Nov. 14], Mississippi State leaders celebrated the signing of a new agreement that outlines pathways for HCC students to complete MSU’s Bachelor of Applied Science program. Pictured, from left, are Associate Vice President for Enrollment John Dickerson, President Mark E. Keenum, Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw, and Center for Distance Education Executive Director Susan Seal. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

(Information provided by Mississippi State University)

Mississippi State University and Hinds Community College signed a memorandum of understanding today [Nov. 14] to formalize partnership programs for students enrolled in technical education programs.

The agreement outlines a pathway for HCC 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 Hinds.”

“This collaboration symbolizes a progressive approach to meeting students’ needs in an ever-changing environment,” Hinds Community College President Clyde Muse said. “By breaking down geographic barriers, more individuals have the opportunity to pursue their educational goals without having to travel away from their homes, families and jobs. We are so proud to be working with the university to provide better access for those in Central Mississippi.  I appreciate Dr. Keenum and all those at Mississippi State who have worked in conjunction with our Hinds Community College team to make this possible.”

MSU launched its Bachelor of Applied Science 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.

The agreement between MSU and HCC outlines which courses must be completed at each institution to fulfill degree requirements. MSU and HCC will partner in employing an adviser to be housed on HCC’s Raymond campus. Additionally, HCC and MSU-Meridian will work together to provide classroom space for the delivery of synchronous online courses.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science program will have access to advisors from MSU-Meridian and MSU Online. Credits in the degree program can be earned through online or in-person courses, providing the flexibility that has become a hallmark of MSU’s nationally ranked online offerings.

For more on the Bachelor of Applied Science program, visit https://www.msstate.edu/students/bachelor-of-applied-science.

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