JSU helping to create bachelor’s degree pathway for community college students

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut, have partnered to help HCC graduates transfer to Jackson State University. The agreement aims to provide a seamless transfer for students who enroll at JSU after completing their two-year degree at HCC.

Jackson State University and Housatonic Community College enter into an agreement creating a pathway for students to attain bachelor’s degrees. Left to right: HCC CEO Dr. Dwayne Smith and JSU President Thomas K. Hudson, JD

“This memorandum of understanding solidifies our commitment to helping HCC students elevate to the next level of their educational journey,” said JSU President Thomas K. Hudson, JD. “It also reinforces our mission of being a student-success driven institution creating a diverse pipeline of talent that helps fuel our nation’s economy.”

Leaders of both colleges signed the MoU on Feb. 3 at HCC. The MoU allows HCC students to transfer credits and enroll at JSU at the in-state tuition rate.

Dr. Dwayne Smith, CEO of Housatonic Community College, stated, “Certainly, a priority is for Housatonic scholars to transfer to CT educational institutions. With that said, Jackson State University offers additional excellent, diverse educational opportunities that are affordable for our scholars.”

With open-access missions, low tuition and fees, and greater flexibility, community colleges such as HCC often serve a large number of underserved students, including significant shares of first-generation college students, ethnic minority students, and those from low-income families. 

Agreements such as this encourage community college students to enroll in four-year colleges, opening new doors to further their education and creating a pathway to higher economic mobility. According to the most recent institutional data, Housatonic students transfer to more than 100 schools annually.  

Jackson State University, located in Jackson, Mississippi, is a comprehensive urban research university offering degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. 

To learn more about Jackson State University visit jsums.edu and visit Housatonic.edu to learn more about Housatonic Community College.