MURRAY, Ky. — Representatives from Jackson State Community College and Murray State University met Feb. 18 at the Paris City Hall to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU establishes a partnership that will offer students a structured, guaranteed pathway for transferring to Murray State by providing a seamless and guaranteed transition from a JSCC associate degree program to a Murray State bachelor’s degree program.

Present for the signing were JSCC President Dr. Allana Hamilton, JSCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Larry Bailey, Murray State University Interim President Dr. Bob Jackson and Murray State Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Arant.

The partnership between the two institutions will provide an opportunity for students to save money and avoid costly student loans by enrolling for their first two years at a community college with lower tuition and fees, along with the ability to take advantage of state incentives available, such as Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect.

Jackson State began offering classes at the Central Community Service Center on Jones Bend Road in January 2017. Since that time, total enrollment for the Paris location has grown to approximately 80, with the hiring of a full-time site coordinator in August 2018.

With six academic colleges and schools, Murray State University has been recognized as a top-tier university by U.S. News and World Report for 28 consecutive years and as one of ‘America’s Best Colleges’ by Forbes for 11 consecutive years. The University, which includes the main campus in Murray as well as regional campuses and educational presences in Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah, offers 126 high-quality academic programs.

“We are excited about this partnership,” said Dr. Allana Hamilton, JSCC president. “This agreement further reinforces Jackson State’s commitment by providing greater access to higher education in the counties in northwest Tennessee.”

“Providing strategic pathways to educational fulfillment while furthering career development opportunities for individuals in our region is critical,” said Dr. Bob Jackson, Murray State University Interim President. “This partnership with Jackson State Community College will do just that, as we look forward to this collaboration between both institutions impacting many students.”

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