Contributed by SUSCC

Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC) and the University of West Alabama (UWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Feb. 22 making concurrent enrollment between the two colleges official.

The concurrent enrollment agreement with the University of West Alabama, one of the most affordable institutions in the state, will allow students to simultaneously pursue an Associate in Science degree at SUSCC and a bachelor’s degree at UWA in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). Students may choose from optional tracks in Graphic Design or Sports Communications. 

“Such a unique course of study is not offered at any other four-year institution in Alabama,” said Tyler Laye, director of academic programs at SUSCC. “The IMC program boasts a 100% job placement rate and prepares students for a variety of careers, including social media marketing, website design, advertising and business communications, so this is a great advantage for our students who are pursuing this route.”

Students will take UWA IMC major classes online while enrolled in general education required courses at SUSCC. After graduation from SUSCC, students can choose to complete their bachelor’s degree fully online or transfer to UWA’s beautiful 600-acre campus in Livingston, AL. Students who transfer from SUSCC upon completion of the concurrent enrollment program and earning an Associate in Science with a 3.0 GPA or higher will be eligible to apply for an academic scholarship providing $3,000-4,000 per year that is renewable for up to four consecutive semesters for on-campus classes. SUSCC students who receive an academic scholarship will also be eligible to apply for housing scholarships at UWA ($2,000 for their first year on campus, non-renewable). 

This new degree path will be available to SUSCC students beginning the Fall 2021 Semester. For more information on concurrent enrollment programs at SUSCC, contact Laye at