Marshall University

04/02/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/03/2024 08:12

Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College partner to create smooth transition for two-year graduatesNews Release

Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College (CTC) today announced a significant partnership aimed at enhancing educational opportunities and bolstering West Virginia's workforce for the demands of the 21st century economy.

The affiliation agreement eases the process for students graduating with associate degrees, offering them a clear pathway to continue their education at Marshall University, while simultaneously providing the framework for more collaboration between specific programs at the two institutions. The initiative is part of Marshall's broader effort to update agreements with CTCs across the state, reinforcing its commitment to educational accessibility and workforce development.

"Today marks a significant milestone for both institutions, as we unite to empower students and boost the skills of our West Virginia workforce," said Marshall University President Brad D. Smith. "Our mutual commitment is aimed at dismantling educational barriers for all residents of our great state and prepping a workforce to meet the needs of a complex economy."

Dr. Josh Baker, president of Mountwest, said the new affiliation agreement provides the groundwork for program-to-program agreements to be built.

"There has never been a better time to be a college student," Baker said. "New pathways make college more relevant for working adults. Our relationship with Marshall will help associate degree graduates advance their education and careers. This is a big win for students."

The proposed Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree currently before the Marshall Board of Governors, would allow community college graduates, who have earned an AAS degree, to complete a four-year degree without having to take additional general education classes. BAS students will develop new skill sets and practice those skills in their experiential learning placements.

In touting the newly planned academic program, Marshall Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Avinandan "Avi" Mukherjee said students will benefit from a variety of hands-on experiences and opportunities.

"The new BAS degree will offer authentic skillsets for an increasingly complex world," Mukherjee said. "It will be a testament to the fusion of knowledge and practicality, a gateway to unlocking solutions that shape our world."

Michael McComas, vice president of academic affairs at Mountwest, said the new agreement offers those graduating from Mountwest with an associate degree a seamless transition to attain the next academic degree.

"The increased opportunity for seamless transfer not only saves students time but significantly reduces their financial burden," said McComas.

With a focus on hands-on skills and real-world problem-solving, the BAS is designed to equip students with the expertise needed to thrive in rapidly evolving industries, driving innovation and contributing directly to economic growth and sustainability.

Marshall's Board of Governors will review the BAS plan at its regularly scheduled meeting later this month.


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