Thursday, July 28th 2022

Kilgore College, UT Tyler sign agreement joining forces to benefit Longview-area students

Kilgore College and The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) officially joined forces July 27 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding to create a unique opportunity for Longview-area students who are pursuing a college degree.

Through this agreement, signed by both institutions at the Longview University Center (LUC), students can dual enroll at KC and UT Tyler with the assurance of a seamless transition of credits from one institution to the other.

UT Tyler will also utilize $10 million in funding from the Texas Capital Construction Assistance Projects (CCAP) for LUC facility development and improvements to accommodate the partnership objectives.

This unique partnership will guarantee seamless pathways to include dual credit and associate degree programs offered by KC to baccalaureate (and post- baccalaureate) degree programs offered by UT Tyler, with students having access to services from both educational institutions through a special dual admission.

“Today we are signing this agreement to make the bold statement that the whole of our two institutions is greater than the sum of our parts,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president. “From today forward, KC will work hand-in-hand with UT Tyler to serve East Texas students in the most streamlined version of educational student support to provide a clearer and more precise pathway for our students – educational pathways that will lead to associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and beyond.”

“It’s a deep thread in our mission as an institution to promote partnerships through outreach to area schools and universities,” said Dr. Brenda S. Kays, KC president. “It’s always exciting when two educational institutions can work together for the benefit of students. We look forward to gathering data and working with appropriate community partners to assess the regional workforce needs and plan for appropriate program offerings at the LUC.”

KC and UT Tyler will also unveil a plan for students that explicitly outlines the courses to take to avoid any duplication in course offerings to ensure a seamless transition for students through appropriate pathways.

“I am excited to expand our partnership with Kilgore College to enhance our services to the greater Longview community. This partnership capitalizes on the strengths of both institutions to provide a cohesive path to a four-year degree, and this is valuable not only to the students, but to the community as well,” said UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP.

VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT by Rachel Stallard/KC Marketing