Troy University has signed agreements with two Alabama community colleges that would allow for students to get a head start toward earning a bachelor’s degree while still pursuing their associate’s degree.
The concurrent enrollment agreements were signed with Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC) and Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) on Thursday and will provide a seamless pathway for community college students who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree at TROY. SUSCC and CVCC students will receive a discounted rate for TROY courses taken under the agreement.
“Any time we can do a process that makes it easier for students, saves them money and helps them accomplish their goals easier, that’s what we are here for,” said Gerald Dial, Troy University Trustee and a member of the SUSCC Foundation Board of Directors. “This process will mean a lot for students going forward.”
The agreement with SUSCC will enable students to concurrently enroll to complete up to 15 semester hours at TROY in one of the following degree paths: Accounting, Data Analytics, Economics, Global Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Sport Management and Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.
“We are pleased and excited to partner with Troy University to provide a clear and seamless pathway for our students through this concurrent enrollment agreement,” said Todd Shackett, SUSCC President. “This will save our students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at TROY both time and money, and enable them to achieve their educational goals quicker.”
The agreement with CVCC focuses on education degree programs in an effort to provide teachers for Alabama classrooms.
Under the agreement, CVCC students can concurrently enroll in TROY to earn up to 18 semester hours toward a degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Collaborative Education.
“We are creating pathways for students to get their bachelor’s degree at Troy University,” said Sohail Agboatwala, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration at TROY. “The goal should always be to serve our students.”
CVCC President Jackie Screws said the timing of this agreement could not be better due to the shortages currently experienced within the field of education.
“This is a great time in the history of our country for us to come together as educational partners – Troy University and Chattahoochee Valley Community College – to address what I believe is a critical shortage of educators,” Screws said. “We have a limited number of individuals going into the field of education. To pair our two institutions together sends a great and profound message. I think it is a win-win for both institutions, and I certainly think it is going to be a win for our community and our students.”
Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, Vice Chancellor of TROY’s Phenix City Campus, said the new agreement is the continuation of a strong partnership that has existed between the institutions.
“This partnership is an exciting opportunity for both Troy University and Chattahoochee Valley Community College,” Dr. Rosser-Mims said. “President Screws and I have made a commitment, which has already been in place prior to my taking on this role, to ensure that these two institutions work lock-step together to support the students and the community overall. The partnership will further solidify the message that we want to ensure we are providing low-cost education and removing barriers for students to complete a degree in a timely fashion.”