MOBILE, Ala., (July 27, 2020) — Bishop State Community College and Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday, July 27 to formalize partnership programs for students enrolled in technical education programs.

The agreement outlines a pathway for Bishop State students to complete MSU’s new Bachelor of Applied Science program, leveraging the strengths of both institutions to provide more opportunities in technical education and meet current and future workforce demands.

“We are excited to provide this opportunity to our students,” said Bishop State President Dr. Reggie Sykes. “This articulation agreement with Mississippi State creates a seamless transfer, specifically for our students enrolled in our technical programs, which makes it easier for them to continue to excel and reach their goals."

Bishop State Community College President Dr. Reggie Sykes signs a memorandum of understanding with Mississippi State University on Monday, July 27, 2020. This agreement creates a transfer pathway for Bishop State students to complete MSU’s Bachelor of Applied Science program. Pictured with Dr. Sykes is Roderick McSwain, Dean of Instruction (left), and Wilbert Bryant, Dean of Students (right). (Photo by Courtney Steele)

“We are proud to partner with Bishop State as we provide a pathway for their technical education students to carry their course credits over in pursuit of a four-year degree, increasing their career opportunities and earnings potential,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “This is a great day for both MSU and Bishop State as we expand educational opportunities in the Gulf Coast region.”

The agreement between Bishop State and MSU is the first out-of-state agreement for both institutions and outlines which courses must be completed at each institution to fulfill degree requirements, as well as library and campus resources that can be used by students dually enrolled at each institution. Credits in the degree program can be earned through online or in-person courses. MSU advisors work closely with BAS students at community colleges to provide guidance on transferring credits and using the degree program to maximize career potential.

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum signs a memorandum of understanding with Bishop State Community College Monday [July 27] to create a pathway for Bishop State students to complete MSU’s Bachelor of Applied Science program. Pictured with Keenum is Susan Seal, executive director of MSU’s Center for Distance Education. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

MSU launched its Bachelor of Applied Science program in August 2019, significantly expanding the university’s acceptance of technical credit from community colleges and military training. It is intended to serve the needs of adults who have completed a technical associate’s degree program through a community college or the military and need additional education to advance their careers.

For more on the Bachelor of Applied Science program, visit

Bishop State Community College is a state-supported, open-admission, urban community college with a mission to provide its students with a quality and affordable education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully enter the workforce and thrive. For more, visit

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