JCCC agreement with Central Methodist University to benefit students

JCCC signs agreement with Central Methodist University to benefit students

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – In a document signed today, Central Methodist University agreed to accept a Johnson County Community College associate of arts or associate of science degree as fulfillment for CMU’s general requirements.

On top of that, the private university in Fayette, Missouri, agreed to allow JCCC students to transfer up to 88 credit hours. That’s 25 credit hours more than most colleges and universities will accept in transfer.

The boost in credit hours will translate into significant savings for JCCC students who want to stay here for most of their third year paying JCCC’s lower tuition, said Rick Moehring, JCCC’s dean of learning engagement and student success. CMU also agreed to treat JCCC students as their native students in regard to eligibility for student scholarships. That’s another perk that most universities don’t provide to transfer students.

“Johnson County Community College is a strong, progressive institution and we know their students will come well prepared to complete their bachelor’s degrees through Central Methodist,” CMU President Roger Drake said. “We couldn’t have asked for a finer college to be our first partner in Kansas.”

CMU was founded in 1854 and enrolls more than 5,000 students, including nearly 1,100 on its main campus in Fayette in central Missouri. CMU already has partnerships with community colleges in Iowa, Illinois and Arkansas.

The articulation agreement came about after a CMU alum urged JCCC President Joe Sopcich to explore the possibility of the two schools working together.

“When we talked to them,” Moehring said, “we found out that a lot of our nursing program graduates were already going there for their bachelor’s in nursing. For students who are looking for a private school with a small-town feel, we feel that CMU will be very welcoming to our students.”

Sopcich said that CMU has always provided a wonderful opportunity for JCCC students to pursue their dreams of earning a bachelor’s in nursing.

“Now, with both of our institutions working together, we’ve opened even more doors regarding scholarship opportunities and acceptance of transfer credits,” Sopcich said. “We look forward to seeing our students succeed at CMU and their lives beyond.”