UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
Waco-- McLennan Community College and Tarleton State renewed their contract yesterday. They have made new additions to the agreement to allow more students to use the program. School officials say these changes will increase the number of students on the MCC campus.
Dr. Johnette McKown, president of McLennan Community College says, "What has happened in the past is people would stop out. They had full time jobs, they could not go to Tarleton, they weren't enrolled in online degrees, and so this is just an opportunity for people in the Waco area to be sure that they get bachelors, and masters degrees, and even a doctorate degree right here in Waco."
Since the first contract between the two school in 2002, officials say the number of Tarleton students at MCC has increased from 73 students to 728 students who are currently enrolled.
There are a number of reasons why Tarleton students may choose to take classes online or on the MCC campus rather than at Tarleton. One student, John Espino, is enrolled through Tarleton, but lives in the Waco area. He says the reason he chooses the MCC campus is, "the flexibility for me, you know, family, work, you know, its cheaper here. It really is."
Students and faculty believe that by adding new degrees to the contract, more students will be able to share the great experience and facility at McLennan Community College.