New Bachelor’s Degree Pathway for HCC Students
An MoU was signed between Housatonic Community College and Jackson State University.
Housatonic Community College (HCC) established an agreement that will help HCC graduates transfer to Jackson State University (JSU) in Mississippi. The agreement aims to provide a seamless transfer for students who enroll at JSU following the completion of their two-year degree at HCC.
Leaders of both colleges signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 3 at HCC in Bridgeport. The MOU allows HCC students to transfer credits and enroll at JSU at the in-state tuition rate.
Dr. Dwayne Smith, CEO of Housatonic Community College, stated, “Certainly, a priority is for Housatonic scholars to transfer to CT educational institutions. With that said, Jackson State University offers additional excellent, diverse educational opportunities that are affordable for our scholars.”
With open-access missions, low tuition and fees, and greater flexibility, community colleges such as HCC often serve a large number of underserved students, including significant shares of first-generation college students, ethnic minority students, and those from low-income families.
Agreements such as this one encourage community college students to enroll in four-year colleges, opening new doors to further their education and creating a pathway to higher economic mobility. According to the most recent institutional data, Housatonic students transfer to more than 100 schools annually.
“I’m ecstatic about this new and burgeoning relationship. We’re very excited about this opportunity to partner with Housatonic where we can start a pipeline of bringing excellent students to Jackson State University,” said JSU President Thomas K. Hudson, JD.
Jackson State University, located in Jackson, Mississippi, is a comprehensive urban research university offering degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels.
About Housatonic Community College
Serving southern Connecticut for over 50 years, Housatonic Community College (HCC) offers a student-centered, high quality, and accessible education through over 75 associate degree programs to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The college also offers occupational associate degrees and certificate programs, and the non-credit division partners with local businesses and industries to offer workforce training and customized professional development. HCC is distinguished as an Achieving the Dream Leader Institution, is a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway provider, and is ranked by the Aspen Institute among the nation’s top 150 community colleges.
About Jackson State University
Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, healthcare, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in metropolitan Jackson, Jackson State is located near downtown, with six satellite locations throughout the area. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu or call 601-979-2121.
Caption For Photo Above: Housatonic Community College and Jackson State University enter into an agreement creating a pathway for students to attain Bachelor’s degrees. Left to right: HCC CEO Dr. Dwayne Smith and JSU President Thomas K. Hudson, JD./em>