Mississippi State University and Jones College signed a memorandum of understanding this week to formalize partnership programs for students enrolled in technical education programs.
The agreement outlines a pathway for Jones College 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 Jones.”
Jones College President Jesse Smith said every college credit hour a person takes generates more income potential throughout their lifetime. “We know the impact, and it’s only logical that we take this next step,” Smith said.
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 Jones College outlines which courses must be completed at each institution to fulfill degree requirements. The MSU advisor at Jones College will assist in guiding students through Bachelor of Applied Science program pathways. Additionally, Jones College 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.