- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has cemented a partnership with Mississippi State University to offer engineering degrees at the Jackson County campus of the two-year school starting in fall 2015.

It’s a natural partnership because 42 percent of students who transfer from Gulf Coast major in engineering, MCGG President Mary Graham Graham told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1ruxfas ).

The agreement will allow students to choose between two degrees in Gautier, and the schools are still deciding among industrial, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering programs.

Students will complete the first two years from MGCCC, earning an associate’s degree, and the last two years from MSU, earning a bachelor’s degree.

“This collaboration between our university and MGCCC is a win-win for both institutions and for the state of Mississippi as we prepare well qualified professionals to work in a field that is of tremendous importance to our economy,” said MSU President Mark Keenum.

Classes will be at the science, technology, engineering and mathematics building on the Jackson County campus, which is undergoing expansion to house more classrooms, labs and areas for science and technology projects.

“Having an engineering campus on the Gulf Coast will be helpful in bringing other industries here,” Keenum said.

The University of Mississippi has four regional campuses that work with community colleges in the northern part of the state. The community colleges teach freshman- and sophomore-level classes, allowing students to easily transition to junior- and senior-level classes at one of the regional campuses or the main campus in Oxford, said Janey Ginn, director of marketing for outreach at Ole Miss.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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