PRESIDENT’S REPORT | October 2013 Missouri State University, SCC sign agreements SCC designated as Military Friendly School® SCC was named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www. militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. SCC’s Enrollment Services Department created a one-stop shop for veterans and current service members. SCC began the Honoring Military Families Scholarship in February 2012. A Student Veteran Organization was organized in the fall of 2012, and in spring 2013 SCC opened a Student Veteran Lounge and began a veteran-specific orientation. SCC also hosts Veterans Week events in the fall. For more information, contact Tomi Schwandt, SCC coordinator of veteran benefits and scholarships at 636-922-8268 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ALLIED HEALTH UPDATES State grant will support SCC nursing program Partnership scores another award The SCC Associate Degree Nursing Program recently was awarded $142,260 from the Missouri Board of Nursing. The funds will assist the college in increasing the capacity of the nursing program by integrating technology into the multi-disciplinary teaching strategy, adding faculty/staff to support integration of technology into the curriculum, and acquiring state-of-the-art simulation software/ equipment. The Chesterfield-based civic group, Progress 64 West, will present a joint award to LU and SCC for the new Center of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at their 26th Annual Community Excellence Awards Banquet on Nov. 27. This year’s keynote speaker will be Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Missouri State University and SCC signed three articulation agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding Oct. 4 to promote seamless transfer for students. This agreement provides students who have earned an Associate of Arts at SCC the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree at MSU. Any SCC student who has earned an Associate of Arts and adheres to the transfer guidelines is guaranteed that MSU will accept designated freshman and sophomore education credits and all general education credits and will apply them to the bachelor’s degree in a manner consistent with the transfer guidelines. “The access to educational opportunities provided by SCC to students in our community will be strengthened as a result of these agreements.” said Chris Breitmeyer, SCC vice president for academic and student affairs. “I am hopeful we will continue to collaborate on ways to provide students access to a bachelor’s degrees and beyond.” Students seeking online degrees will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in communication, professional writing, general business or finance. In the field of education, students with an Associate of Arts in Teaching may transfer in four Bachelor of Science in education degree completion programs: early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education and special education/ cross-categorical. In addition, the agreement for the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree completion program will allow practicing nurses to complete their degree online through MSU.