- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - Some students at Bossier Parish Community College will soon be able to turn their associate degrees into a bachelor’s degree through Northwestern State University.

The leaders of both schools have said they will sign an agreement Monday that enables students to transfer college credit to the university after obtaining their associate degrees at the community college, The Times reports (https://bit.ly/1XbWz9n). The agreements were created for business administration programs, engineering technology and computer information systems.

The agreement will help to ensure that students can earn four-year degrees without having to unnecessarily take duplicate classes, BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman Jr. said.

“Our focus isn’t just about the transfer, it’s about completion and making sure we create value for our students with these agreements so they don’t lose time, energy and resources,” Bateman said.

Northwestern State President Jim Henderson said in a news release that the faculty at both schools worked together so students will be prepared for the university’s baccalaureate programs.

The community college’s two-year programs are considered a student’s freshman and sophomore year. Once they graduate from BPCC, they can finish their junior and senior year at NSU to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Both campuses said these articulation agreements will address issues in the regional workforce.

“It’s very much market driven with the degree programs that are creating transfers for today’s job market,” said NSU Director of Informational Services Leah Johnson.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com

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