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Released April 28, 2004


LONG BEACH -The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast registered 23 new students at its first-ever on-site registration at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems on Tuesday and will take this customer-friendly enrollment process to a second Northrop Grumman site on Thursday.

"Approximately 60 employees of Northrop Grumman expressed interest in Southern Miss courses," said Dayonne McGuire, director of continuing education for Southern Miss Gulf Coast. "While 23 registered Tuesday, others took application materials with them and we anticipate even greater response in time."

While Tuesday marked the first time that Southern Miss has taken registration to the ship builder in Pascagoula, it won't be the last. Southern Miss plans to offer on-site registration for future semesters.

"We're very excited about the interest in Southern Miss at Northrop Grumman," said Dr. Ken Malone, chief operating officer at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. "We are committed to helping Northrop Grumman employees advance their careers through our many world-class programs at Southern Miss."

Southern Miss representatives will return to Northrop Grumman from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday in the NGSS Engineering and Design Center to handle admissions, records, advisement, and financial aid for summer semester registration.

All eligible Northrop Grumman employees will be allowed to defer tuition payment until the end of the semester and use the Northrop Grumman tuition refund benefit.

"This first on-site registration was a tremendous success," said Bill Glenn, manager of communications at Northrop Grumman. "This endeavor would not have been possible without the effective partnership of the Southern Miss/Northrop Grumman team. This process provides one more tool for our employees to utilize in furthering their education."

In the registration process, student copies will be permitted for the following: transcripts from each college or university attended, or high school transcripts or GED scores for undergraduate students. To register, employees must bring these materials with them at that time; official copies may be provided later.

Southern Miss Gulf Coast offers day and night classes in Jackson County and at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Evening classes are also offered at Keesler Air Force Base.

To accommodate certain nontraditional students, Southern Miss offers a "Test Drive a Degree" program. This allows a nontraditional student who meets specific requirements the opportunity to come back to school and take a class free of charge.

To be eligible for the "Test Drive" program, there are other requirements and conditions besides the minimum requirement of having 27 semester hours with an average grade of "C." The student must not have attended college during the past three years; nor have earned a bachelor's degree; nor be enrolled in any other institution during the "Test Drive" semester, and the student can only take one "Test Drive" course. For more information, call Southern Miss at (228) 497-3636 or (228) 865-4599.


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