MCC, Texas Tech Set to Expand Partnership

Waco Tribune-Herald - The eight-year partnership between McLennan Community College and Texas Tech University is set to expand until at least 2022, in an effort to meet growing education and economic development needs in Waco.

Texas Tech officials want to boost the school's enrollment at MCC's University Center from about 200 students to 1,000 students by about 2020 with a slew of new degree programs and more faculty members. A new building on or near MCC campus will eventually hold the students pursuing bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech in Waco, Texas Tech Vice Provost Melanie Hart said.

"The importance of having an affordable degree is something that Texas Tech is really interested in," Hart said. "It's the right thing to do. These students are able to attend MCC. They get a good background education at a lower cost. Then, they transfer to Texas Tech, and if they have good-quality GPAs, they get additional scholarships that allow them to, really, cut the cost of the degree down to easily half of what it would have cost had they gone to Lubbock."

Enter Waco's Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation, with its longstanding philanthropic support of education. Executive Director Tom Stanton said the foundation will "lay the groundwork" in scholarships for the many nontraditional students who work and support families while attending college.

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