(Chelsea Update would like to thank Fran LaFort for the information in this story.)
Washtenaw Community College (WCC), Jackson State University (JSU), Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) recently announced a partnership creating a pathway to success for students transferring associate degrees.
Announced ahead of National Transfer Student Week (Oct. 18-22), this marks the first comprehensive agreement – with benefits such as guaranteed admission and access to in-state tuition – between a Michigan two-year school and a Historically Black College & University (HBCU).
The Washtenaw Community College HBCU Pathway program creates opportunities for student success and transfer equity by providing a clear, direct, affordable and supportive pathway for community college students to attend HBCUs.
In addition to guaranteeing admission to JSU, MVSU and SUNO for WCC students who successfully complete requirements, the partnership opens access to in-state tuition and scholarships and waives application fees.
The new initiative also provides student support and mentoring from staff, faculty and HBCU alumni, arranges college tours at HBCUs, and hosts community-building activities, monthly career workshops and a student leadership summit.
Transfer agreements with other HBCUs will soon be announced.
Representatives from JSU, MVSU and SUNO will discuss the partnership and transfer information during a panel session hosted by WCC next week during National Transfer Student Week. Current and prospective WCC students and families, as well as members of the community, are invited to register to attend the virtual session from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20.