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Articulation Agreement Improves Access to Higher Education

Presidents of Lincoln University and State Technical College of Missouri signed an articulation agreement Wednesday, May 15 to show their shared commitment to increasing opportunities for students to access and succeed in higher education.

This articulation agreement, an important milestone for the Central Missouri Innovation Campus (CMIC) program, allows students to seamlessly transfer credits between State Technical College of Missouri and Lincoln University. This ensures that graduates enter the workforce with the skill sets and technical degrees local business partners and the economy need.

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the event as their extensive coordination with local business and education partners helped make the grant funds possible. With input from area businesses and educators, they prepared the grant application and Gov. Jay Nixon awarded the funds last August to establish the CMIC.

"It's a pleasure to witness this agreement today," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "It will make a real and lasting difference for our community."

The CMIC program is designed to respond to critical information technology needs in central Missouri. This category was identified by area business partners as a skill set that is highly in demand. The CMIC program will reduce education costs for 127 area students who choose this field. Their access to dual credit hours, applied learning experiences, and higher education is increased with these grant dollars.

"For many years our area business partners have told us that finding qualified IT workers is a challenge," said Director of Economic Development, Missy Bonnot. "We're pleased that our education partners have signed this important agreement to further improve graduate preparation for this career."

The agreement provides students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming at State Tech the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at Lincoln. Students who are accepted into the CMIC program and have earned the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming are guaranteed that Lincoln University will accept designated freshman and sophomore credits to apply toward a Bachelor's degree in CIS.

"The value of this articulation agreement is two-fold," said Lincoln University Interim President, Dr. Connie Hamacher. "This agreement strengthens the collaboration between State Tech and Lincoln University. And, our students will benefit from the internships with our local businesses. This is a win for Lincoln University, a win for State Technical College of Missouri and most importantly, a win for both our students."

Dr. Donald Claycomb, President of State Technical College of Missouri agrees: "We believe that the Innovation Grant provides both Lincoln University and State Technical College of Missouri an excellent opportunity to collaborate and better meet the information technology needs of the greater Jefferson City area and the state of Missouri. This articulation demonstrates the commitment of both institutions to develop innovative initiatives to better serve our students."

The CMIC program is scheduled to begin fall 2013.

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