Holmes Community College, along with the other 14 community and junior colleges in Mississippi, signed an agreement with Millsaps College to enhance the opportunities for students to transfer directly from a community college campus to the Millsaps campus in Jackson. The agreement outlines coursework that aligns with the Compass Curriculum followed by all students at Millsaps.
"The execution of this agreement streamlines the path for students to transfer from community and junior college campuses across Mississippi, where they have been building an incredibly strong academic foundation, into the classrooms at Millsaps," said Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps College. "We are proud to partner with these institutions from around the state and support their students as they continue their education and find their path in the world."
Millsaps has, for several years, worked to attract transfer students from community and junior colleges. The college offers the following support specific to transfer students:
Students who have at least a 2.8 GPA and 30 transferrable credit hours are guaranteed admission and at least $10,000 in scholarship funds. Students with at least a 3.2 GPA and 30 transferrable credit hours are guaranteed admission and at least $15,000 in scholarship funds. Students who are part of Phi Theta Kappa honorary society with a GPA of 3.5 and 30 transferrable credit hours are eligible for at least $17,000 in scholarship funds.
"We are so thankful for this opportunity for our students to have a clear and dedicated pathway to the world-class faculty and opportunities at Millsaps College," added Dr. Jesse Smith, president of Jones County Junior College and chair of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. "Dr. Pearigen's leadership has afforded students at the Mississippi community and junior colleges this tremendous opportunity, and we are extremely thankful."
Holmes has grown from an agricultural junior college in Goodman into a multi-campus institution that offers the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, technical and career certificates, and workforce training. The college now offers more than 50 academic majors, approximately 30 professional programs and a variety of student support services. Included in those support services are counselors who prepare students for successful transitions to four-year institutions.
"The Articulation Agreement between Holmes Community College and Millsaps College will facilitate the student's transfer process by providing a list of specific courses for each area requirement," said Holmes Vice President for Academic Programs Dr. Fran Cox. "It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Pearigen and Dr. Gidden's Compass Curriculum team."
IN THIS PHOTO: Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey is pictured with Millsaps College President Dr. Robert Pearigen following the articulation agreement signing.