JSU, Holmes Sign Pact to Help Students

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University and Holmes Community College have signed a partnership to increase educational opportunities and degree completion for students.

The memorandum of understanding signed Thursday will allow Holmes students to pursue a bachelor's degree from JSU in selected fields, including elementary education and criminal justice.

Jackson State will provide junior and senior level courses, creating a process for the students to receive a JSU degree without leaving the Ridgeland campus.

Holmes will provide classroom space and a list of potential graduates and their corresponding degree programs. Both institutions will develop an outline of courses to be taken at Holmes and those to be taken at JSU. Holmes students can use the prescribed courses toward a specific degree plan at JSU.

"This partnership contributes to students' sense of place by allowing them to continue their education without leaving the community where they began their higher education experience — right here at the Ridgeland campus of Holmes Community College," JSU President Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers said in a statement.

Jackson State already has an agreement with Hinds Community College that is focused on easing the transition from community college to a four-year university. The JSU-Hinds Community College partnership is a key part of JSU's overall community college initiative.

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