Hinds Community College and Delta State University 2+2 Program
Teacher preparation programs can also increase recruitment efforts by partnering with community colleges to create degree-articulation agreements. For rural communities, which are often far from a four-year university, local community colleges can support the teacher pipeline through innovative programs that leverage these articulation agreements.
The 2+2 program, is a partnership between Hinds Community College (HCC) and Delta State University that offers junior- and senior-level courses for a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Students attending college in Central Mississippi and wishing to complete their Elementary Education degree can take classes at a designated Hinds campus, by way of traditional classroom, video conferencing, and online options. Because of the large number of students of color enrolled in community colleges—more than 40% in the U.S. by some estimates—such partnerships have the potential to attract more candidates of color to the teaching profession.
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