01/21/2020 | Press release | Archived content
January 21, 2020
For 20 years, Flagler College and Tallahassee Community College (TCC) have partnered to provide a pathway for students seeking high-quality and affordable post-secondary education. Building upon their traditions of cooperation and excellence, the two institutions are preparing to embark on the next phase of their remarkable partnership. On January 21, the presidents of TCC and Flagler College-Tallahassee publicly signed an agreement aimed at addressing the teacher shortage in Florida. The '2+2 for Education' Articulation Agreement is the only public-private partnership in Florida providing a path for a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
'I am extremely proud of the work that has been done to make this 2+2 articulation agreement a reality,' said Dr. Joseph Joyner, President of Flagler College. Before beginning his career with Flagler College in 2017, Dr. Joyner was Superintendent of Schools for the St. Johns County School District in St. Augustine, Fla., a position he held for over 14 years. 'As a former Superintendent, I am keenly aware of the demand for high quality elementary teachers in our State and look forward to a long partnership with TCC as we prepare Florida's next generation of educators.'
Flagler College is currently ranked at #4 in Best Regional Colleges South. Graduates of the Flagler College-Tallahassee Education programs have earned a reputation as well-prepared, effective teachers. More than 900 alumni have pursued a career as educators, many having chosen to remain in the area employed as teachers and school administrators. Their excellence has been recognized many times, with nearly 60 education graduates having been recognized as Teachers of the Year in the Tallahassee region.
Tallahassee Community College has supported citizens of Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties, as well as students throughout the state, the nation, and abroad, with professional training skills and high-quality post-secondary academic education. Serving the Tallahassee area for more than half a century, TCC is also one of the top-ranked two-year colleges in the country. In addition, TCC is the 13th largest school in the Florida College system, with nearly 13,000 students currently enrolled.
'I'm excited to launch this new program to provide a seamless pathway for our students who wish to pursue a career in teaching,' said Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President of TCC. 'Between 85% and 90% of Flagler College-Tallahassee students get their start at Tallahassee Community College. Flagler's track record of graduating high-quality teachers speaks for itself.'
After being named President of the campus in 2010, Dr. Murdaugh has had a vision that TCC be the college of choice for students.
'We're grateful to them for partnering with TCC on this important new venture which will help alleviate the need for teachers in our region and our state,' TCC President Murdaugh said.
With the 2+2 for Education articulation Agreement, students can earn their Associates of Arts from TCC and walk across the lawn to enroll at Flagler College-Tallahassee. Together, the two colleges provide the perfect pathway for students who are serious about teaching and searching for an exceptional, cost-effective college experience.