DeSoto Center 5197
W.E. Ross Pkwy.
Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 342-1570
College Parallel Programs
Students can get the pre-requisites they need to transfer seamlessly to any Mississippi four-year college at the DeSoto Center in Southaven. Students at DeSoto Center can take most courses in the following college parallel majors: accountancy*, business administration*, computer/management information systems, business and office administration, elementary education*, secondary education*, history, english, general college, psychology, sociology, and science. These programs are designed to transfer to most colleges and universities in our area.
For students planning a two- or four-year degree, Northwest Mississippi CommunityCollege and The University of Mississippi act as educational partners with a two-plus-two program. Northwest offers the first two years of the college academic program, and UM provides the third and fourth years, along with graduate study. The Associate of Arts degree is awarded by Northwest, while the University grants baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration (Management, HR, Marketing, Finance, & MIS), Liberal Arts, Elementary Education, Secondary Education (English, Math, & Social Studies), Health Sciences, Accountancy, Social Work, Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement, Corrections, & Homeland Security) and master’s degrees in Education (Curriculum & Instruction-Elementary, Leadership K-12, Literacy, & Professional Counseling), Accountancy, Curriculum and Instruction (MACI), Higher Education and Student Personnel, Teaching English as a Second Language, Health Sciences, and Professional MBA. These institutions also offer the RN to MSN program through this educational partnership and the Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. *These programs are part of the Two-Plus-Two Program.
Adult Structured Accelerated Program (ASAP)
ASAP is an accelerated associate degree program in Business Administration, Elementary Education, or General College at Northwest. Through the ASAP program, adult learners may complete their associate degree requirements in as little as two years by attending classes two nights a week on the Southaven campus. The curriculum and innovative format target the needs and learning styles of the adult student pursuing a full-time career. With the academic year divided into five eight-week terms, students may enroll in two classes each term earning a possible 32 semester hours per academic year. Two thirds of the credit would be through classroom contact time, with the remaining third through a directed “companion study” component.
DeSoto Center/Southaven offers the following technical programs: AccountingTechnology; Cardiovascular Technology; Funeral Service Technology; Hotel andRestaurant Management Technology; Business and Marketing Management Technology; Health-care Data Technology; Microcomputer Technology; Office SystemsTechnology; Respiratory Therapy; and one career program, Practical Nursing.
About DeSoto Center
The DeSoto Center campus, financed through the efforts of the taxpayers of DeSoto County, is a 94,000-square-foot structure situated on a beautiful 47-acre site in Southaven, Mississippi. This site, donated by the W.E. Ross family, offers the college opportunities to expand as DeSoto County continues to grow. The architectural design of the two-and-one-half-story, steel frame facility with a standing seam metal roof is post-modern with early Wrightian influences. Designed to accommodate 1,406 people, the building contains 28 classrooms, four computer labs, two science labs, one practical nursing lab, and 39 offices. The focal point of the DeSoto Center campus is a glass and steel tower that forms the atrium/commons. A closed-circuit TV system provides security for the building as well as the parking area, which has a capacity for approximately 800 cars.
In an effort to meet the training needs of the citizens of DeSoto County and surrounding areas, a career-technical campus was established in the Olive Branch Metro Industrial Park. The campus officially opened in the fall of 1985. DeSoto Center-Olive Branch offers an Aviation Maintenance Technology degree program and a Commercial Truck Driving course.