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Collaborative Program Between Bluefield State College and Southern Gives Students an Opportunity for Four-Year Degree in Criminal Justice

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    Wednesday, March 31 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

Saulsville, WV – Bluefield State College and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the delivery of a Baccalaureate Degree program in Criminal Justice effective July 1, 2010, the schools announced today.

Bluefield State College will deliver the entire program beginning this fall at Southern’s Wyoming/McDowell
Campus located in Saulsville. Courses in the collaborative program will be provided using flexible
delivery modes including traditional on-site courses during evenings and on weekends.

A press conference and an MOU signing ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 31 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wyoming/McDowell Campus. A reception will follow and the public is invited to attend.

College officials participating from Southern include President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Vice President for Academic Affairs Katie Smith-Cox and Dr. Cindy McCoy, dean of university transfer programs. Representatives from Bluefield State College include President Dr. Albert Walker, Dr. Don Smith, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Professor Mike Lilly, criminal justice program director.

"Bluefield State College is excited and gratified to partner with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in the delivery of a baccalaureate degree program in criminal justice.  This Memorandum of Understanding permits students throughout southern and southwestern West Virginia to benefit from the enhanced access to a program with outstanding career potential,” Dr. Walker said. “It also enables Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and BSC to maximize resources to the benefit of all parties involved--students, faculty, staff, and the regions we serve."

Initial details of the curriculum for the criminal justice option at Southern and of the courses required to complete the Criminal Justice B.S. degree at Bluefield State College are listed on the colleges' web sites.

“It is always a pleasure to work with the administration, faculty and staff at Bluefield State College,” President Tomblin said. “This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern a wonderful opportunity to acquire the criminal justice baccalaureate degree.  In addition, courses will be delivered in a format that will allow students to have more flexibility in attaining a degree. We look forward to starting yet another chapter in Southern’s 40-year history as well as helping students from our region become successful.”

This is one more example of the two institutions collaborating to bring higher education opportunities to students in West Virginia.

Bluefield State College is a member institution of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College operates four campuses and two sites located in Boone, Logan, Lincoln, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. Kentucky students residing in Pike, Martin, Boyd and Lawrence counties are eligible for in-state tuition rates. The college's web site is and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.

Southern is a member institution of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Contact: Cynthia L. Crigger, 304-896-7412