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On Thursday, JSU President Dr. Carolyn Meyers joined with Holmes President Glenn Boyce to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. On Thursday, JSU President Dr. Carolyn Meyers joined with Holmes President Glenn Boyce to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi legislature has long desired to have 60 percent of young people in Mississippi earn a four-year college degree. Two higher education institutions are working toward that goal.

Holmes Community College Freshman Curtisa Johnson plans to spend two years at Holmes Community College then move on.

"I'll go to Southern and finish elementary education, and I want to major in law too. I want elementary education to be my minor. So I'll go to Ole Miss, major in law," she says.

But will Southern Miss and Ole Miss accept all of her prior coursework for credit? Or, will any of the classes she's taking at HCC overlap with what's offered at the other institutions?

Those are problems that Holmes Community College and Jackson State University are trying to solve. On Thursday, JSU President Dr. Carolyn Meyers joined with Holmes President Glenn Boyce to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

"A commitment to make the transition between Associate and BS degrees as seamless, problem free, convenient and comfortable as possible," Dr. Meyers says.

The average age of the student body at HCC is between 26 and 28 years old. Part of the agreement aims to strategically select the course work offered at each campus and make the financial aid process easier so students are more inclined to forge ahead with a four-year degree.

"Taking away any confusion they have, the barriers and obstacles that makes them stop out again and lose that dream," Boyce says. "We are just really committed to this 60% goal with the State of Mississippi in order to create a much greater economic development opportunity and be more competitive across the nation."

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