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MCC, Northwest Missouri State Build Faster Degree Pathway

Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Kimberly Beatty and Northwest Missouri State University President John Jasinski recently joined to announce the most recent partnership between the educational institutions that will benefit area residents, including many in the Northland.

"I feel like we're making this a habit. It's a good one," Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said at a ceremony marking another partnership between MCC and Northwest Missouri State University.

At the event, the MCC chancellor and Northwest president John Jasinski (pictured) signed a new transfer agreement. This one will facilitate the seamless transition of MCC associate in applied science (A.A.S.) students into Northwest's bachelor of applied science degree program. The arrangement includes focused advising and support for these students from both institutions.

Dr. Beatty said MCC business program coordinator Zack McNeil was determined to create this pathway for A.A.S. students. One big advantage for business students, for example, is that they can take some classes in their major (like business communications, marketing, organizational behavior) from Day 1 at MCC rather than wait until they've transferred to a four-year school. Taking those courses here can save them thousands of dollars, says McNeil, also an MCC-Longview instructor.

The memorandum of understanding signing ceremony was held both in-person at the Northwest-Kansas City campus in Gladstone and virtually (streamed on Zoom).

Northwest and MCC already partner on a program called FastTracks. FastTracks students are enrolled at the two institutions at the same time and get support and a number of benefits from both. During the first two years, students primarily take MCC classes, but they also take several Northwest classes. Thanks to a special scholarship for FastTracks students, tuition for those first Northwest classes is the same as MCC tuition. After earning their associate degree at MCC, students then complete requirements for a Northwest bachelor's degree. The final two years of Northwest credits can be earned at the Northwest-Kansas City campus, the main campus in Maryville or online. Learn more at https://mcckc.edu/fasttracks/.



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