Pictured front row from left are Dr. Walter Roberts, HCC board of trustees vice-president and MVSU Foundation chairman; Dr. William Bynum, MVSU president; and Dr. Jim Haffey, HCC president; second row, Luke Jones, HCC director of career technical education, Goodman Campus; Dr. Constance Bland, vice president of academic affairs, MVSU; Michelle Burney, HCC vice-president, Grenada Campus; Dr. Sharon Freeman, assistant vice president of Institutional Research, MVSU; Dr. Don Burnham, HCC vice-president, Ridgeland Campus; Dr. Kenneth Done, assistant vice president/distance & online education, MVSU; Jenny Jone, HCC academic dean, Goodman Campus
Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and Holmes Community College have established an educational partnership.
The partnership will allow MVSU to provide Holmes graduates access to a 4-year degree on the Goodman campus.
According to Dr. Kenneth Done, assistant vice president of distance and online education, this is an opportunity to broaden MVSU’s brand and make the University more visible in the Holmes County area.
“The partnership allows MVSU an opportunity to increase enrollment, while meeting the needs of students who cannot come to the main campus,” he added. “It affords us the opportunity to appeal to more students where they are located.”
The goal of the partnership is to also improve the coordination of degree programs between the two institutions in order to maximize movement of students from the community college to the University.
“Holmes offers the first two years of the college academic program, and MVSU provides the third and fourth years, along with graduate study,” added Done.
The educational partnership will also allow faculty and staff members of Holmes who meet the necessary prerequisites to register for up to 6 credit hours per semester at MVSU at a reduced rate of 50 percent tuition.
“We are excited about this partnership and look forward to growing our ever expanding reach of the Valley,” said Done.