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BRCC, LSU sign academic partnership

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) computer science graduates are now able to seamlessly transfer to Louisiana State University (LSU) thanks to a new academic partnership that was recently signed.

The agreement between the two schools was signed during a ceremony held at BRCC's Mid City Campus with the Dean of BRCC's S.T.E.M Division, Dr. Jo Dale Ales, and LSU's Dean for the College of Engineering, Dr. Richard Koubek.

The articulation agreement will provide greater educational resources for students and ease of the overall process of transfer between BRCC and LSU.

With the new agreement in place, students who successfully complete BRCC's new Associate of Science in Computer Science degree can be admitted to LSU's College of Engineering's Computer Science Program as a junior. Students will receive full credit for courses taken at BRCC.

"Our goal is to see our students succeed," said Dr. Jo Dale Ales, Dean of BRCC's S.T.E.M. Division. This agreement provides a pathway to that success. We want our students, when they finish BRCC, to go on and finish their Bachelor's degree without having to repeat courses or take additional courses, and this agreement will allow them to do just that," Dr. Ales continued.

"The agreement will also play a role in Louisiana's  economic development, " added Dr. Richard Koubek, Dean of LSU's College of Engineering. "The articulation agreement between BRCC and LSU's College of Engineering AS to BS in CSC further exhibits our continued desire to meet the computer science workforce demands for Louisiana," Dr. Koubek said.

BRCC currently has over thirteen program specific articulation, or "2+2" agreements with four-year colleges and universities around the state.

"Students can find so many advantages to starting their higher education journey on a community college campus," said BRCC's Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Elaine Vallette. "For example, BRCC's small class size provides a real benefit to students pursuing a degree in a high-demand, high-wage field like Computer Science. These agreements make for an easier transition to a four-year environment."

 For additional information, students can also contact BRCC's S.T.E.M Division at (225)-216-8226.