MidAmerica Nazarene University and Johnson County Community College officials announced today a revised articulation agreement reaffirming the enduring partnership between the two schools. Signed by MNU President David Spittal and JCCC President Joseph M. Sopcich in a meeting at JCCC, the revised agreement reaffirms previous agreements and provides new benefits to JCCC students who transfer to MNU. 

 
The articulation agreement outlines how credit hours from JCCC transfer toward a degree plan at MNU. This saves students’ time and money by ensuring that completed courses at JCCC count toward an MNU bachelor’s degree. MNU will continue to accept Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees from JCCC and guarantee university admission to new transfer students with junior standing. Additionally, students may utilize the reverse transfer process to have MNU courses posted at JCCC should they choose.

New in the agreement are benefits and discounts for JCCC transfer students. AA and AS graduates who are within two years of graduation from JCCC are eligible for a 20% discount in the following professional studies degree programs at MNU:

In an effort to welcome JCCC students to MNU, the university has also invited currently enrolled JCCC students to attend MNU sports, cultural arts, community life or other designated free student events with their JCCC student identification card. 

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“Reaffirming our commitment to JCCC students who wish to transfer to MNU is the goal here,” says Spittal. “We are delighted to now offer students a discount into several of our degree completion programs and we hope to see many JCCC students enjoying our events here at MNU.”
 
The JCCC/MNU agreement germinated on a Southwest Airlines flight somewhere over the heartland. Boarding the plane, Sopcich noticed the seat next to Spittal was empty. “And because this was Southwest, and you can sit where you want, I plopped myself down next to David,” Sopcich said.

They talked about the similarities of their institutions and articulation agreement action plan.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with MNU and all the great work you do in this community,” Sopcich said. “Your institution is a fixture, certainly in Olathe, but in Johnson County as well, and we appreciate your efforts to come together to work with our team.”