FLOWER MOUND, TX (KAUZ) - The new MSU Texas student learning center in Flower Mound is officially open.
The new campus was filled Wednesday morning with officials from MSU Texas, North Central Texas College, and Flower Mound city leaders as they celebrated a partnership that will bring more educational opportunities to students.
"I was speechless during the ceremony. It's like a dream come true," MSU's President, Dr. Suzanne Shipley said. "We've been planning for a couple of years and when something is that long in planning it's so unusual when you get to stand there to see it happen."
Dr. Keith Lamb, the Vice President for Student Affairs, said the idea started as a small conversation a few years ago at a coffee shop on the MSU campus between himself and Dr. Emily Klement, NCTC's Associate Vice Chancellor for External Relations.
"(We were) just talking in general about partnerships and how Midwestern could serve North Central Texas College students and we knew we wanted to do something together in the metroplex but we just didn't know what that was," Dr. Lamb said.
On Wednesday, 150 visitors toured the new student learning center in Flower Mound.
This new partnership will allow NCTC students to finish their associate degrees and then continue their education at MSU Texas to pursue a bachelor's degree on the same campus.
"We have a lot of people in this area that are out there with unfinished business," Dr. Klement said. "They maybe have good jobs but might be unable to go up because they didn't finish that bachelor's degree."
The 31,000 square foot facility comes with classrooms, science laboratories, interactive television classrooms, tutoring and testing space plus a conference room.
Dr. Shipley has hope this new partnership can serve non-traditional and traditional students for years to come.
"What happens for MSU is that our name gets known in a highly populated area," Dr. Shipley said. "We are only serving working adults here, and what that means is when those working adults find out what a great degree we can give them, they can tell people with families who want to send their traditional age student to Midwestern State in Wichita Falls."
A list of programs being offered in that campus can be found in the campus web page.