NSU, LDCC finalize credit transfer agreements

NSU, LDCC signing 2017
Northwestern State University and Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe finalized transfer agreements that benefit students pursuing careers in manufacturing and forensic science.

One agreement will allow Certificate for Manufacturing (C4M) students who complete LDCC’s program to receive seven hours of credit towards NSU’s associate and/or bachelor’s degree in engineering technology.  C4M is an industry-based certification recognized by the secondary system as well as business and industry.

“The articulation of Certificate of Manufacturing with Louisiana Delta Community College provides a set of stackable credentials that enables graduates to pursue two and four year degrees in Engineering Technology,” said Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology.  “It is all about creating opportunities for students, and inspiring their interest in high-paying manufacturing jobs that support the economic development and prosperity of our state,”

NSU has similar agreements in place with Bossier Parish Community College, Central Louisiana Technical Community College and Northwest Louisiana Technical College, which are a result of identifying the need to fill the skills-gap in advanced manufacturing in Louisiana, Ahmad said.

A second agreement the institutions signed Tuesday will allow completers of the Associate of Applied Science in Forensic Science at LDCC to transfer credits towards NSU’s Bachelor of Science in biology with a forensic science concentration.

“The Bachelor of Science in biology with a forensic science concentration is designed to educate students who are interested in working in a crime lab,” said Dr. Francene Lemoine, director of NSU’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences.  “This route is specifically geared toward students who are more interested in the science behind evidence analysis as opposed to those who are interested in evidence collection.  It is important very important that each group of individuals have an understanding and appreciation of the work of the other.  We are excited to have LDCC students transfer to NSU to further their education in this area.  It is a growing field and we are happy to do what we can to get our graduates into the workforce as quickly as possible.”

For more information on these programs, contact Ahmad at ahmada@nsula.edu or Lemoine at lemoinef@nsula.edu.