CLINTON, Miss. (July 9, 2019)— Just 35 miles away from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is Mississippi College, the state’s oldest institution of higher learning. The distance between the two organizations got a little shorter this week when a partnership agreement was signed by Mississippi College Interim Provost Debbie Norris, ERDC Director Dr. David Pittman, Mississippi College Math Department Chair John Travis, and ERDC Graduate Institute Director Dr. Stan Woodson.
The partnership will allow ERDC employees to obtain graduate degrees in mathematics from Mississippi College by way of the ERDC Graduate Institute, which is located at the Waterways Experiment Station site in Vicksburg. The Graduate Institute teams up with colleges and universities across the region to offer ERDC personnel the chance to further their educations while maintaining full-time employment.
Travis was excited about the agreement being signed and believes it will be a blend of “an outstanding research facility” and a “stellar university equipped with a quality teaching and learning environment.”
For now, only mathematics classes will be offered, but both organizations plan to add more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs in the future.
Mississippi College will join the ranks of Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, Texas A&M University and the University of Southern Mississippi to offer classes and work more closely with ERDC to discover, develop and deliver ways to make the world safer and better.