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Louisiana College, LCTCS Presidents Sign Agreement to Help Community College Grads Transition to Four-Year Degree



by Monica Levitan

Louisiana College president Dr. Rick Brewer and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) president Dr. Monty Sullivan have signed a transfer agreement that will ensure that the coursework of LCTCS students transferring to Louisiana College is accepted.

Central Louisiana Technical and Community College students will also benefit from the agreement.

Under the new agreement, students at LCTCS who complete their associate’s degree in certain disciplines and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above will be accepted to Louisiana College. LCTCS students who did not earn an associate’s degree can also be accepted to the college as long as they have at least 24 completed credit hours and a 2.0 GPA or above.

“It’s a win-win for students across the state, including some families who may not can afford a four-year education to begin but can afford a two-year education,” Brewer said. “Now we’re giving them an opportunity to get that degree there and move forward and join us at Louisiana College.”

Louisiana College, a private, Baptist college, will offer pre-transfer advising through online, in person and phone call advising to LCTCS students, according to The Town Talk.

“We do a lot of things that those two-year schools do well, such as nurturing students, mentoring them, leading them on pathways for employment, and career opportunities,” Brewer said at the signing. “Most importantly because we’re about transforming lives, preparing graduates and transforming lives, and producing what we believe are 21st-century leaders.”

College officials hope to have around 1,500 students enrolled at the institution by 2020, Brewer said. Currently, there are around 1,300 students enrolled.

There are 13 technical and community colleges within LCTCS. Over 15,000 LCTCS students transfer to four-year institutions every year, LCTCS data shows.

During the signing, the two institutions also announced they have partnered to offer an “Academic Achievement Award” for eligible Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members. The award will be given on a first-come, first-served basis and will be a “gap scholarship” that will pay for any tuition and fees left after financial aid.

The scholarship will be up to $5,000 annually or $2,500 a semester.