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A&M-Commerce, Tyler Junior College partnership expands access to education

A&M-Commerce, Tyler Junior College partnership expands access to education
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POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 12:12pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 3:13pm

On December 19, Texas A&M University-Commerce and Tyler Junior College formally announced their partnership to simplify the transfer process for students transitioning from associate degree programs at Tyler Junior College into bachelor’s degree programs at A&M-Commerce. The three-year partnership becomes effective Dec. 20, 2013.

Tyler Junior College students following the recommended program of study, common core and transfer curriculum, or who have earned an associate degree and meet all other admissions requirements, will automatically receive admission to A&M-Commerce in order to begin work toward their bachelor’s degrees.

“The best way for colleges and universities to deliver on the promise of educational opportunity is through partnership,” said A&M-Commerce President Dan R. Jones. “We are extraordinarily pleased that through the partnership that A&M-Commerce and Tyler Junior College has developed, more students than ever before will be able to secure their future by earning a baccalaureate degree.”

Students who transfer to A&M-Commerce before they complete their core curriculum will be awarded transfer credit for each core class completed and will be eligible for the award of an associate degree upon transfer to A&M-Commerce.

By applying at the beginning of their second year of enrollment, Tyler Junior College students may secure dual admission status with A&M-Commerce. Students transferring for dual enrollment under the partnership agreement must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 31 semester credit hours of core courses, including MATH 1314, ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302. There may be additional requirements for specific programs.

A&M-Commerce will accept up to 90 semester credit hours from Tyler Junior College. Representatives of both institutions will meet annually to share course information and to update equivalencies and admissions requirements.

Dual enrollees of A&M-Commerce and Tyler Junior College will be considered students of both institutions, and Tyler Junior College students will have access to A&M-Commerce facilities, such as the libraries and computer workstations, to enhance their success as students and to enable their smooth transition between schools.

Tyler Junior College graduates who enroll for six semester hours this spring will receive a $1000 scholarship, courtesy of A&M-Commerce alumni in Smith County. Students who enroll in 15 semester credit hours and who meet certain academic criteria will be eligible for general transfer scholarships ranging between $1000 and $2000 per year.

"We are honored to partner with Texas A&M University-Commerce to provide expanded educational opportunities for students in East Texas,” said Tyler Junior College President Mike Metke.

For more details on A&M-Commerce’s partnership with Tyler Junior College, please visit http://tamuc.edu/Money4TJCgrads.

About Texas A&M University-Commerce: Founded in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of The Texas A&M University System. Located in Northeast Texas, A&M-Commerce is home to more than 11,000 students, four academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 100 degree programs. As the region’s focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from a world-class science

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