MCC and Texas Tech Announce New Degree Opportunities


May 19, 2010

Representatives from McLennan Community College and Texas Tech University have announced more opportunities for Central Texans to earn higher degrees through the University Center at MCC.

Texas Tech is expanding its Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program for the fall, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is adding its RN to MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) online degree program.

“We know that not all of Texas can come to Lubbock to enjoy all that Texas Tech has to offer, so we’re interested in taking Tech to other parts of the state,” said Dr. Rob Stewart, senior vice provost at Texas Tech University.

MCC President Dr. Johnette McKown expressed her enthusiasm for what Texas Tech is bringing to Waco.

“We’re thrilled about what these opportunities are going to mean for our community,” she said.

The BGS degree program allows students to customize their degree by choosing three concentration areas instead of focusing on one area of study.

Texas Tech currently offers Biology, Communications Studies and English as concentration areas in face-to-face courses on MCC’s campus. The university plans to add the following areas this fall: History (offered face-to-face and online), Personal Financial Planning (offered online), Human Development and Family Studies (offered online), and Wind Energy (offered online).

“This is a degree that offers so many choices, so many opportunities,” said Dr. Patrick Hughes, assistant dean for academic programs for Texas Tech’s University College.

The BGS allows graduates to seek employment in a variety of fields instead of being limited to just a few. For example, with the Biology-Communications Studies-English combination, graduates can find careers in fields like:

· Freelance and grant writing

· Marketing and public relations

· Sales and customer service

· Human resources and management

· Education

· Science research and analysis

· Law

· Organizational and government policy

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s RN to MSN online degree program will also now be offered through the University Center at MCC. The program is designed to prepare individuals to become nursing educators.

This program will tie directly to MCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program, which trains students to become registered nurses. They can then go directly into Texas Tech’s MSN program without having to get a bachelor’s degree first, which saves about 20 credit hours—as well as tuition.

“Students don’t have to leave their communities,” said Dr. Chandice Covington, interim dean of the Perry School of Nursing. “They can learn the theory of nursing on their computers and go to local hospitals to learn nursing care at the master’s level.”

Students in the program can take prerequisites at MCC and will have access to MCC’s resources—like the nursing simulation lab and reading and writing centers—and to MCC’s faculty members, who will serve as mentors.

For more information, contact the University Center at MCC at 299-88UC.


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