December 7, 2017
East Texas Baptist University partnered with Angelina College (AC) through an articulation agreement on Thursday, December 7. The agreement, signed by ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn and AC President Michael J. Simon, will provide an affordable avenue for AC students to pursue a quality, Christian education at East Texas Baptist.
"East Texas Baptist is thankful for the leadership of Dr. Simon to enhance our educational partnership with Angelina College," Dr. Blackburn shared. "As a community college graduate, I personally know the value of the two-year college experience and how my education prepared me for my calling. We desire to see more outstanding students consider East Texas Baptist for university study and preparation for their careers. ETBU looks forward to welcoming new AC students and graduates to the Tiger Family."
Since 1968, Angelina College has been providing a student-centered learning experience to more than 5,300 students. The college is committed to participating in the communities surrounding the campus, supporting cultural and economic development. AC offers associate degrees and certificates in Social/Behavioral Sciences and Business, Fine Arts, Science and Mathematics, Language Arts and Education, Technology and Workforce, and Health Careers academic divisions. AC also offers customized workforce training, adult basic education, police and fire academies, and personal enrichment courses through our Community Services division.
"We are very pleased to partner with our friends at ETBU and to provide Angelina College students a seamless pathway to continue their education," Dr. Simon commented.
The agreement will ensure that eligible graduates of PC will be able to seamlessly transfer approved courses, receive priority for admission and scholarships at ETBU. The University will also offer $11,000 each year in academic support to Phi Theta Kappa students.
"The challenge of the Texas Higher Education Board to create a globally competitive workforce in Texas is all of our responsibilities," ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. "This step today, taken by our two institutions, marks a strategic partnership toward this end. We are appreciative of the efforts of Angelina College and look forward to the future success of our students and institutions."
As a part of the Tiger Transfer Track Program, ETBU is actively pursuing partnerships with schools in the surrounding community. In addition to the recent partnerships with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT), Kilgore College, Jacksonville College, Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC), Youth with A Mission (YWAM), Panola College, and Navarro College, East Texas Baptist will continue to establish and further relationships with more organizations committed to the holistic development of students.