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ETBU broadens reach for transfer students

By Special to the News-Journal
Dec. 19, 2017 at 6 p.m.


MARSHALL — East Texas Baptist University has broadened its reach for transfer students by signing agreements with nine educational institutions and ministry organizations

The organizations are the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Kilgore College, Jacksonville College, Trinity Valley Community College, Panola College, Navarro College, Tyler Junior College, Angelina College and Youth with A Mission,

"Transfer students make valuable contributions to the ETBU community. As a community college graduate, I personally know the value of the two-year college experience and how my education prepared me for university study," ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. "We welcome transfer students to come to ETBU to complete their education beyond their community college associate degree and technical occupational training."

As a result of these agreements, students will be better prepared to transfer to ETBU to complete their bachelor's degrees, officials said. Each agreement ensures that students and graduates of the community colleges will be able to seamlessly transfer courses, receive priority for admission and be granted priority consideration for scholarships at ETBU. The university also plans to offer $11,000 each year in academic scholarship support to Phi Theta Kappa honor students.

"The challenge of the Texas Higher Education Board to create a globally competitive workforce in Texas is all of our responsibilities. This step marks a strategic partnership toward this end," ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. "We are grateful for this collaborative effort and look forward to the future success of our students and institutions. These agreements allow us to build on students' previous education and toward the successful completion of an undergraduate degree, helping individuals reach their personal goals and providing a stronger workforce for Texas."

The initiative is an effort to provide increased academic opportunities for students across East Texas, officials said. ETBU will continue to establish educational partnerships and further relationships with more institutions committed to the holistic development of students because the program provides an accessible and affordable avenue for all students to receive a quality education.

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