NICEVILLE — Students at Northwest Florida State College now will have a smoother transition and easier access to a four-year bachelor’s degree program, the college announced Tuesday.

Through a partnership with Florida State University Panama City, students can now be part of the FSU Panama City program, which will “seamlessly” transfer college transcripts from NWF State to FSU Panama City. The new program will also offer transition help for NWF State students to better prepare them for completion of their four-year degree at the university.

“This partnership will allow students to map their education through an advanced degree without having the burden of unnecessary courses and additional tuition,” said Randy Hanna, the dean of FSU Panama City.

Hanna said FSU Panama City advisers will have a regular presence in NWF State's Advising Center to advise students about the program.

“This partnership ties in directly to FSU Panama City’s commitment to provide opportunities for student success, timely degree completion and preparation for students entering the workforce,” said Jim Allen, FSU Panama City’s director of enrollment management and student success.

Students who earn an associate of arts degree and meet program requirements are guaranteed admission to FSU Panama City, according to a press release from NWF State.

“The Connect to FSU Panama City program is a seamless pathway to success for Northwest Florida students seeking a bachelor’s degree from FSU Panama City,” said Devin Stephenson, president of NWF State. “We must continue to remove the barriers that impede our students’ progress toward a degree or credential. This program is a step toward removing these obstacles for Northwest Florida students.”