USM and Northshore Technical Community College Sign Applied Technology Pathway Agreement

November 02, 2017
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USM and NTCC officials, along with St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Superintendent Trey Folse, celebrate the signing of the Applied Technology Pathway Agreement on Oct. 24 in Lacombe, La.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) have entered into a Pathway to Applied Technology Bachelor of Science Agreement. This agreement establishes a transferable pathway for NTCC students to become eligible for direct admission into USM.

USM and NTCC officials took part in the signing ceremony on Oct. 24 at NTCC’s Lacombe campus in Lacombe, La.


Through the pathway, students will be provided with a transparent outline for successfully completing an Applied Technology Bachelor of Science degree from USM and an associate degree and/or certificate of completion from NTCC. The institutions will partner to facilitate student access through a seamless blend of curricula.

“This partnership demonstrates our responsiveness to the workforce needs of our local, state, and regional industry partners,” said Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, Chair of the Department of Human Capital Development at USM. “Our Applied Technology program prepares professionals with the technical leadership skills needed by organizations to compete in today’s global economy.”

Gaudet added, “The B.S. in Applied Technology builds on the student’s technology foundation from the community college to advance their careers by integrating the communication, collaboration, change leadership, supervisory and project management skills required for the high-growth, high-demand workforce. We look forward to a successful partnership with Northshore Technical Community College.”


The Applied Technology Pathway between USM and NTCC helps to ensure both institutions are proactive in addressing challenges in the economy and resulting changes in the higher education landscape.

“Northshore Technical Community College values transfer partnerships with university partners. The uniqueness of the Applied Technology transfer pathway with The University of Southern Mississippi centers on flexible online opportunities in the fields of industrial technologies for Northshore graduates by providing future opportunities for advancement and promotion based on Bachelor’s degree attainment,” said NTCC Chancellor William S. Wainwright. “This partnership is unparalleled in its strategy and aggressive approach to offering dynamic continued education access for our students therefore strengthening Louisiana’s economy through investing in talent.”


NTCC students who successfully transfer to USM will earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology from USM after successfully completing the additional required coursework at USM and meeting all USM Applied Technology degree requirements. Students can transfer up to 60 credit hours from NTCC to USM to be applied toward the 120 credit hours needed to complete a bachelor’s degree in applied technology. In order to graduate from USM, students must achieve all graduation requirements outlined in the USM Undergraduate Bulletin in effect at the time they enter NTCC.


For more information about the Applied Technology Pathway at The University of Southern Mississippi, contact Diedra Minor, director and instructor of applied technology at or 601.266.5671.