FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2010
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW online college signs agreement with Jones County Junior College
COLUMBUS, Miss. – A memorandum of agreement recently signed between Mississippi University for Women’s online college, V3 College, and Jones County Junior College has sealed the beginning of a long-term partnership between the two institutions.
As part of the agreement, JCJC and the V3 College will work together to ensure the delivery of quality associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to the people within the service areas of JCJC. The V3 College will offer completion degrees that complement the associates of applied science degrees offered by JCJC.
“Jones County Junior College can now utilize the power of a four-year, degree-granting university to recruit future students by offering them a seamless continuation of their degree program in a bachelor’s degree,” explained Dr. William “Bill” Mayfield, director of the V3 College. “They can do it at home after work or in some cases, companies provide a couple of hours of time during the work day so their employees can complete their degrees and the company receives the benefit of that new education.”
The letter of agreement also allows for the future development of programs that will mutually benefit both the V3 College and JCJC. One such program is the MIS program at both institutions wherein MUW and JCJC can come together and offer unique courses in which both institutions contribute resources to provide opportunities to the students of both programs in the latest programming skills and application development.
All of the bachelor’s of technology degree programs are offered online in an accelerated format that will allow the students to graduate with their bachelor’s degree in approximately 18 months.
Dr. Jesse Smith, JCJC president said, "JCJC and MUW have long been partners in education through an established statewide articulation agreement. However, this new agreement offers even more opportunity for the future of JCJC students. Students who utilize online learning will have a fantastic chance of reaching their dreams of a college education. We are looking forward to seeing more students graduate from JCJC and MUW."
Mayfield added, “With this agreement between the V3 College and JCJC, we have the opportunity to change the way we educate in Mississippi by four-year and two-year schools sharing resources, programs and creating opportunities for shared services.”