Nunez Community College and University of Southern Mississippi Partner on New Pathways Agreement

FRONT L-R: Dr. Tina Tinney, Nunez Community College Chancellor, Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk, USM Vice Provost for the Gulf Park campus, Dr. Chris Winstead, USM Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; BACK L-R: Katie Nettles, Nunez Interim Dean of Career and Technical Education, Tonia Loria, Nunez Vice-Chancellor of Academics, Dr. Diedra Minor, USM Director and Instructor, Applied Technology, Dr. Heather Annulis, USM Associate Director, School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development and Professor of Human Capital Development, Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, USM Interim Co-Director for USM’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development and Professor of Human Capital Development, Dr. Zikai Zhou, USM Assistant Visiting Professor, Industrial Engineering Technology/Logistics

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Nunez Community College (NCC) and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) announced that they have entered into an agreement that creates a transferable pathway for NCC students to become eligible for direct admission into USM’s Applied Technology and Industrial Engineering Technology/Logistics programs. 

Through this agreement, which was detailed in a press release, Nunez career and technical education (CTE) students will have access to a pathway for successfully completing an Applied Technology Bachelor of Science degree or Industrial Engineering Technology/Logistics Bachelor of Science degree from USM.

“Partnerships such as the Nunez Community College partnership respond to local, state, and regional workforce demand. Both the Logistics and Applied Technology Bachelor of Science programs demonstrate close ties and partnerships with business and industry,” said Dr. Cyndi Huff Gaudet, interim co-director for USM’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development and Professor of Human Capital Development.

The fully online programs at USM offer ease of access for NCC students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree, regardless of their geographic location.

“The Applied Technology partnership promotes a ‘no-dead-end’ pathway for students completing community college technical programs. The Applied Technology BS degree program builds on students’ technology foundation learned from the community college and helps students advance their careers by integrating the communication, collaboration, change leadership, supervisor and project management skills required for today’s high-growth, high-demand workforce,” said Gaudet.

“The Industrial Engineering Technology/Logistics partnership with Nunez Community College ensures both institutions are proactively addressing challenges and opportunities to support the growth of the maritime economy across the Gulf Coast region,” she added.

USM is currently the only university in the world whose Logistics curriculum qualifies students to be awarded Demonstrated Senior Logistician (DSL) and Demonstrated Master Logistician (DML) designations through the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). According to SOLE, these designations “are provided based on continuous experience and professional development.”

Students in the Applied Technology and Industrial Engineering Technology/Logistics programs are typically non-traditional students who are employed full-time in their field, but need a four-year degree in order to seek upward mobility in their field or organization.

In these academic programs, students utilize career and technical education (CTE) skills learned as they obtain their bachelor’s degrees and apply their competencies in the workforce. And after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, graduates have the opportunity to earn higher credentials, leadership positions and greater economic success.

“We are thrilled to partner with The University of Southern Mississippi to offer an innovative pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Technology,” said Dr. Tina Tinney, chancellor of Nunez Community College. “This unique articulation agreement between Nunez Community College and USM provides a seamless transfer for students who are interested in supervisory and management roles in CTE fields. Through flexible online coursework, students with an Associate’s Degree in a CTE field can earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Technology or Industrial Engineering Technology within two years. This articulation agreement opens the door for bright, highly motivated students who want to experience all that our two institutions have to offer in academic quality, convenience, and preparation for career success.”

NCC and USM officials took part in the signing ceremony on July 10 at the USM Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Mississippi.

For more information about the Applied Technology and Industrial Engineering Technology/Logistics programs at The University of Southern Mississippi, visit https://www.usm.edu/undergraduate-programs/applied-technology.php and https://www.usm.edu/undergraduate-programs/industrial-engineering-technology.php.

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