MCC, Texas Tech mark first decade of partnership

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) McLennan Community College and Texas Tech University are marking 10 years of a partnership that has allowed hundreds of students to graduate as Red Raiders without ever leaving Central Texas.

The program started as a one-degree program and now offers a total of 13. More than 300 students have since graduated. (MCC photo)

The Texas Tech University Higher Education Teaching Site in Waco began partnering with MCC to offer bachelor’s degrees in 2009 and to mark the milestone a celebration will take place this Friday.

MCC President Dr. Johnette McKown said the way in which the program has grown from a handful of students to more than 300 is truly amazing.

“It’s been very exciting because students can get a Texas Tech degree in Waco and at not much cost to the way we partner together so it’s a great thing,” McKown said.

The program started as a one-degree program and now offers a total of 13.

More than 300 students have since graduated.

Dr. Lewis Snell, director of Texas Tech University at Waco, said the majority of those graduates are local.

“Eighty five percent or more are local students,” Snell said.

McKown adds that the partnership allows the students all the same comforts of the community college.

“It’s just really wonderful the way we have a partnership together and students can have all the same access that our students have whether it's a bus pass or career services or tutoring,” McKown said.

“So, it's a great partnership and different from other colleges in that regard.”

Carey Hobbs is a longtime supporter and alum of Texas Tech who lives in Waco.

He’s been thrilled with results of the program.

“It’s exciting for Waco and the students here for opportunities they wouldn’t have,” Hobbs said.