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Northwest and William Carey sign partnership agreement

Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Michael Heindl, and William Carey University President, Dr. Ben Burnett, came together at the Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia campus on Wednesday, Jan. 31 to sign an agreement linking the two institutions to promote more students to transfer after receiving their associate degree at Northwest.

The two institutions spent the morning together to learn more about each other and their goals in the future as well as how they can work better together.

“It’s about making Mississippi better,” Dr. Burnett said.

This agreement outlines the terms on which they will work together which is helping advise students about their options post graduating Northwest, notify students about the transfer opportunities, assist in promoting the program, financial information, and provide transfer scholarship information (for students with a 2.5 GPA or higher).

This is a new era for the CTE students who now get new transfer opportunities which otherwise might not have been possible. All current and former Northwest students are encouraged to transfer with many online options available online as well as while they’re working.

Dr. Heindl said he is excited and looking forward to this partnership which he thinks will greatly enrich students’ lives, which aligns with the mission, vision, and values of the college of transforming students’ lives, enriching our communities and striving for excellence. This partnership is just another example of ways that Northwest is striving for excellence in our services and reach to students.

Dr. Burnett highlighted one of their programs from the School of Education where students who are currently working with an associate degree have the opportunity to work towards their bachelor’s in education.

“Currently we have six students from Northwest and that’s not enough,” said Dr. Burnett.

William Carey University has two locations with one being in Hattiesburg and one on the coast, offer courses online, in person and hybrid much like Northwest.

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