Southern Joins Concord College in Agreement to Increase College-Going-Rate in Southern West Virginia

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 14 2002

Southern Joins Concord College in Agreement to Increase College-Going-Rate in Southern West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va. - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Concord College have reached a 2 + 2 Transfer Agreement in the Elementary Education and Business Administration programs.

The agreement guarantees Southern students acceptance directly into Concord College upon completion of the University Parallel Associate Degree with an elementary education concentration or business administration concentration. Southern students will enjoy the economic advantage of being able to live at home while earning the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree. Concord will then receive the students as transfers, allowing for completion of the bachelor’s degree in the traditional time frame.

Concord College and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College are pleased to be able to serve the students of our region in the most efficient manner.

Southern President Joanne Tomblin remarked, "This agreement focuses on a seamless transition for Southern associate degree graduates into baccalaureate programs at Concord College. Our mission as a community college clearly emphasizes the need for student-oriented, transferable learning. These efforts enable students to achieve work, career, and personal success. Recent higher education legislation has given West Virginia institutions the formidable task of expanding access to higher education for citizens in our region. This type of partnership and collaboration will broaden educational opportunities for our citizens and the state as a whole. The relationship between Southern and Concord has grown into an alliance that will provide increased access to higher education and thus, improve the state’s college going rate. By fostering these types of partnerships throughout the state, we help to provide opportunity for educational and economic growth," Tomblin concluded.

Concord President Jerry Beasley remarked, "This is Concord’s 130th year and we have a long tradition of preparing students for rewarding careers in teacher education and business administration. This agreement will make higher education in southern West Virginia more accessible and affordable to those served by Southern. Concord’s mission is to provide rigorous programs, primarily at the baccalaureate level, which prepare students to pursue various graduate study and career options and to assume leadership and professional roles in a multicultural society. This agreement will facilitate us maintaining our tradition of service to southern West Virginia. Concord is currently crafting Master’s level programs in teacher education and business administration. So, students will have the added benefit of pursuing their Master’s degree at a convenient location under the guidance of a dedicated faculty. We look forward to working with Southern and their faculty and staff in an effort to make higher education accessible."

For more information, call 1-304-384-5288 / 5211.