MGCCC and Faulkner University sign articulation agreement

Dr. Mary S. Graham, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College president, and Dr. Billy Hillyer, Faulkner University president, signed an articulation agreement on June 6 that will facilitate credit transfer and a smooth transition for MGCCC graduates into the executive Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BCJ) programs at Faulkner University.

Dr. Mary S. Graham, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College president, and Dr. Billy Hillyer, Faulkner University president, signed an articulation agreement on June 6 that will facilitate credit transfer and a smooth transition for MGCCC graduates into the executive Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BCJ) programs at Faulkner University.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Faulkner University signed an articulation agreement on June 6 at MGCCC’s Estuarine Education Center in Gautier. The agreement will facilitate credit transfer and a smooth transition for graduates of MGCCC into the executive Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BCJ) programs at Faulkner State.

“We are on a mission at MGCCC to partner with as many institutions of higher learning as we can to facilitate a convenient and smooth transition to our students’ next level of education,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president. “We are excited about the opportunities this agreement will allow our students in these programs.” Graham said that up to 68 hours may be transferred to Faulkner State under the agreement once students have graduated from MGCCC.

Dr. Billy Hillyer, president of Faulkner University, said that the types of students higher education institutions now serve are very different than those of the past. “We still have traditional, right-out-of-high-school students but the majority of our students have either paused their education to work and start families or have put off education for some other reason,” he said. “They need flexibility in their classes and I feel we do that very well. Combined with the solid foundation they receive at MGCCC, students transferring to Faulkner under this agreement will have the opportunities to build on their success and achieve whatever level of education they aspire to complete.”

Faulkner University has a main campus in Montgomery, Alabama, with extended campuses in Mobile, Birmingham and Huntsville. A variety of online and on-ground programs are offered at the bachelor’s and graduate levels.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.