by Leigh Guidry of “The Town Talk”
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Get your degree in three refers to three years. And thanks to an agreement between Louisiana Tech and Louisiana College, qualified students could earn a BS in three years at Louisiana College. If students so choose, then then could matriculte to Louisiana Tech to gain another BS in only two years. That's two BS degrees in five years.
Among the many advantages of this study track is the money one can save on the first BS -- essentially up to 25 percent.
Leaders of Louisiana College and Louisiana Tech University signed a memorandum of understanding September 15. This program enables students to complete a degree in mathematics or business at Louisiana College in three years followed by an engineering degree in two years at Tech.
"The good news is this will give students in Louisiana more options," LC President Rick Brewer said.
While five years is longer than the traditional four-year path, Brewer said two degrees will make students more marketable and open more doors for a career or graduate school.
Brewer and Louisiana Tech President Les Guice talked about being "firm believers in collaboration" and that it is something Louisiana needs now.
"This state needs to be producing many more college graduates who can go on and elevate Louisiana," Guice said. "It's on us as leaders of higher education to make that happen."
Guice added that this could help meet a boom in business and industry in North Louisiana.
"Thousands of STEM jobs are available right now," Guice said. "This can help facilitate that and provide internship opportunities."
Brewer and other LC officials visited the Ruston school over the summer, meeting with faculty leaders across multiple disciplines, Brewer said. They contacted the school through an LC Board of Trustee member with ties to Tech.
"I was very surprised someone so new in his position was reaching out across the state, but he is trying to bring more resources to help this great institution," Louisiana Tech President Les Guice said. "Our two institutions are alike in a lot of ways. They both have a family spirit, and the positive culture supports student learning. I think this is a great match."
This partnership could be the first of several for LC. Brewer also is looking into agreements with schools a little closer to Pineville like Louisiana State University of Alexandria, Northwestern State University and Central Louisiana Technical Community College, as well as such agreements for other disciplines.
"It's unlimited with the possibilities out there," he said.
The agreement with Louisiana College also is a "special situation" for Tech as its first one with a private college, Guice said.
Norm Miller edited/contributed to this article.
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Ed.'s note: This article originally appeared in The Town Talk under the title: "What could 2 degrees in 5 years do for you?"