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Released April 8, 2004


LONG BEACH, Miss. -- For the first time ever, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will hold an on-site registration at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, allowing a customer-friendly enrollment process for the company's employees.

This is the first time this has ever happened, but it won't be the last. Southern Miss plans to continue offering the on-site registration for future semesters.

"As a customer-friendly university, we will offer the convenience of on-site registration 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 be on-site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27 in the Administration 2 Building and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29 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.

"Northrop Grumman Ship Systems continues to strive for improvements that will further our employees' educational opportunities, and this is a prime example," said Bill Glenn, manager of communications at Northrop Grumman. "Southern Miss has been an excellent partner in this process and we are excited about our continued relationship."

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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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM