FPC partnering with other community colleges

Frank Phillips College is entering into what it considered a unique partnership with two area community colleges.FPC, Amarillo College, and Clarendon College signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that has been signed by all three colleges outlining the arrangement.The objective of the MOU is to ease and improve the student transfer process, provide additional options, and leverage resources all toward the ultimate goal of helping students earn a college degree.“The signed agreement is just the first step in getting all three institutions headed in the same direction,” FPC President Dr. Jud Hicks said. “We have meetings set up in January to discuss and work out the details of this partnership. The end result is that this will be good for students and good for higher education in general.”Hicks said the planning that will be going on after the first of the year doesn’t mean students can’t take advantage of this agreement beginning during the upcoming spring semester.“We want students to visit with our advisors right now so that students help define this agreement,” he said. “The agreement doesn’t mean much if we don’t address the needs of the students.”Practically speaking, one such scenario would be for students who want to be in a program that is not offered by FPC to begin their college course work there with the intent of getting as many hours as possible from the local community college and then to transfer those hours to one of the other colleges within the partnership.The transfer of hours is only one component of the agreement. In addition, each college will work with each of the other colleges to provide student advising, to work through student financial aid, and to address numerous other issues to help insure that the student has a seamless transfer to the next institution.“For example, students can earn 15 to 18 hours of college credit from their local community college and then transfer to one of the other community colleges to complete their degree,” Dr. Hicks said. “We feel like there are barriers to students being able to start college and then additional barriers to complete. This agreement is designed to help remove some of those obstacles.”“The MOU compliments the recent expansion of several programs at FPC,” according to Shannon Carroll, Chief Academic Officer for FPC, “including workforce related programs (Pump & Engine and Instrument & Electrical) and in the agriculture area with such programs as the Beef Cattle Enterprise and our collegiate FFA program.Each of the three colleges offers signature programs in addition to strong academic transfer classes and some traditional programs in nursing, welding, and cosmetology. For questions and assistance, contact Krista Wilkinson, Coordinator of Student Experience, (806) 457-4200, ext. 742 at the Borger Campus or Cassie Laxton, Allen Campus Director, Perryton at (806) 648-1450.