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ETBU signs an articulation agreement with Panola College

By Special to the News-Journal
Nov. 22, 2017 at 6 p.m.

ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn and Panola College President Gregory Powell sign an articulation agreement to enhance the existing partnership between the two institutions.

East Texas Baptist University's partnership with Panola College marks the university's sixth articulation agreement with institutions and organizations in the region.

The articulation agreement, signed Nov. 14 by ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn and Panola College President Gregory Powell, offers students at Panola and ETBU access to enhanced educational opportunities.

"ETBU is honored to partner with Panola College in the education of students in East Texas. Our region has a bachelor's degree completion rate of less than 35 percent and we want to provide greater opportunities for East Texans and Panola College students and graduates to receive an affordable Christ-centered education at ETBU," Blackburn said.

Located in Carthage, Panola College is an award-winning community college. It was established in 1947, operating with two temporary buildings. Now, the institution stands with 19 permanent buildings and serves more than 2,600 students in Marion, Panola, Shelby and Harrison counties.

Powell's vision for expansion led to the partnership between his college and ETBU.

"Panola College is delighted to sign this articulation agreement with East Texas Baptist University," Powell said. "This provides our students with a seamless transfer pathway as they continue their education towards bachelors' degrees."

The agreement will ensure that eligible graduates of Panola College will be able to seamlessly transfer approved courses, receive priority for admission and be granted precedence for scholarships at ETBU. The university will offer $11,000 each year in academic support to Phi Theta Kappa students.

ETBU is actively pursuing partnerships with schools in the surrounding community in order to provide further academic opportunities for students across East Texas.

In addition to the recent partnerships with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT), Kilgore College, Jacksonville College, Trinity Valley Community College and Youth With A Mission, ETBU will be establishing and furthering relationships with more institutions committed to the holistic development of students, according to the university.

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