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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
by: Rene Abadie
SOUTHEASTERN, NTCC SIGN AGREEMENTS FOR BUSINESS, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PATHWAYS - Officials from Southeastern Louisiana University and Northshore Technical and Community College signed agreements Tuesday to officially align resources that will provide successful NTCC students with the opportunity to progress directly into Southeastern’s bachelor’s programs in business and biological sciences. Attending the signing are seated, from left, Southeastern President John L. Crain and NTCC Chancellor William S. Wainwright. Standing, from left, are Senator Sharon Hewitt, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, Representative Paul Hollis and St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Superintendent Trey Folse.
HAMMOND – Officials from Southeastern Louisiana University and Northshore Technical
and Community College signed agreements Tuesday to officially align resources that
will provide successful NTCC students with the opportunity to progress directly into
Southeastern’s bachelor’s programs in business and biological sciences.
The signing took place at the NTCC STEM Campus as work on the new collaborative campus continues in Lacombe. Southeastern President John L. Crain and NTCC Chancellor William S. Wainwright signed the documents amid a gathering of area elected officials and representatives of the Greater Hammond and St. Tammany West chambers of commerce, the Northshore Business Council, and St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.
Also participating in the signing ceremony were Southeastern Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena L. Golding, Dean of the College of Science and Technology Daniel McCarthy, Interim Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips, NTCC Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Daniel Roberts, and Dean of Academics Jim Carlson.
“NTCC and Southeastern are true partners in higher education,” said Crain. “These agreements are yet another example of working together to benefit students.”
“STEM jobs on the Northshore continue to grow at a rapid pace, as indicated in a recent St. Tammany Economic Development report, and projected in a 2010 study by the National Center for Higher Education Management, which led to legislation advancing our new STEM Campus in Lacombe,” Wainwright said. “Essential career pathways in biological sciences and business with partnerships among school systems, community colleges and universities will advance a critical pipeline of talent that supports our local and regional industry partners.”
Both programs establish pathways for students to easily and seamlessly transfer from NTCC into Southeastern’s four-year programs in business and biological sciences through the establishment of a concurrent blend of curricula. In addition to earning the bachelor’s degree, students participating in the program will have the opportunity to obtain an associate’s degree from NTCC.
NTCC students who have completed the business pathway will be admitted to Southeastern and continue their coursework in the College of Business. Those students will be allowed to transfer up to 42 credit hours from NTCC to Southeastern. The biological sciences pathyway allows NTCC students to transfer up to 52 credit hours and be admitted in the College of Science and Technology.