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May 10, 2012

MSSU reaches agreement with regional technical school

JOPLIN, Mo. — Students who have completed an associate's degree at Ozarks Technical Community College, a multi-campus comprehensive community college, will be able to transfer “seamlessly” into a four-year online degree program at Missouri Southern State University.

Officials with both schools made the announcement Wednesday when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding at OTC’s Springfield campus.

The new agreement, designed for OTC graduates who have earned an two-year associate of applied science or an associate of science degree, means their credits will be accepted into MSSU's bachelor of applied science degree programs.

Tia Strait, dean of the School of Health Science, Public Safety and Technology at MSSU, and Richard Miller, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, approached OTC with the plan last year.

“This bachelor’s degree supports about 40 degree programs from OTC,” Strait said in a statement. “It will enhance students’ knowledge and skills to help them move into leadership roles, to be entrepreneurs and to have their own businesses.”

OTC students also will be eligible to apply for a number of transfer scholarships offered by MSSU, including the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and the Board of Governor's University Academic Transfer Scholarship.

“We are pleased to have signed this agreement,” Hal Higdon, chancellor at OTC, said in a statement.  “We are constantly looking for new articulation agreements with four-year institutions that are of benefit to our students.”

The agreement will go into effect immediately with the first class of transfer students beginning this fall.


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