Partnership between Piedmont Community College and Pfeiffer University expands educational and financial opportunities for those seeking higher education

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A new collaborative effort between Piedmont Community College and Pfeiffer University will provide educational opportunities to any student and/or employee of Piedmont Community College, as well as citizens of Person and Caswell Counties.Pfeiffer University President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith; Piedmont Community College President, Dr. Walter Bartlett

Piedmont Community College President, Dr. Walter Bartlett, and Pfeiffer University President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, announced an agreement on Tuesday, March 8 that will make it easier for students to transfer to Pfeiffer University to complete a bachelor’s degree in:
• Criminal Justice (online)
• Health Administration (online)
• RN to BSN (online)
• Business Management and Leadership (online)
• Human Relations (Charlotte)

The articulation agreement also provides opportunities for college employees and community members to earn a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields of study at a 20% discount if they earned their associate’s degree at PCC.

Those seeking to earn a graduate level degree have a similar opportunity. When working with a Pfeiffer University representative at PCC, students can earn a discount of 20% off the cost of tuition in one of the following disciplines:
• Master of Business Administration (online or Charlotte)
• Master of Business Administration with the Master of Science Leadership (Raleigh or online)
• Master of Arts in Teaching (online)

“I am really excited about this collaboration,” shared Keith. “At Pfeiffer, we are expanding our online presence and seated presence. With our undergraduate and graduate programs I really think we can offer a great opportunity for PCC students. This agreement makes higher education more affordable and accessible.”

A Pfeiffer delegate will be available at PCC on Thursday, March 17, and Wednesday, April 27, in Building E from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Future dates will be listed on the PCC website calendar, located at

Community residents can visit PCC’s Person County Campus to meet with a Pfeiffer Representative even if he/she has not completed an Associate’s degree at the college.

“During our most recent strPCC & Pfeiffer articulation agreement signing photoategic planning session, community members requested more opportunities for bachelor and master degree programs. This agreement assists us in moving in the right direction,” commented Bartlett. “We are very appreciative to Pfeiffer University for their partnership in opening the door to future success for PCC students, employees, and community members.”

Courses offered as face to face/hybrid on PCC’s Person County Campus by certified instructors if a cohort of 12 or more students are interested in beginning at the same time will also be discussed as a future possibility.

For more information about these programs at PCC, as well as the transfer options to Pfeiffer University, contact Dr. Michelle Aheron at (336) 322-2115 or e-mail her at

About Piedmont Community College

Piedmont Community College serves over 5,000 students through curriculum and continuing education classes in Person and Caswell counties. Piedmont Community College strives to be the leading contributor to the economic, educational, and cultural vitality of our communities by providing high-quality services and programs that ensure student success in personal development and professional achievement. To learn more, visit or www.facebook/com/piedmontcc.

About Pfeiffer University

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs on its campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Raleigh, and online. Vested in its history as a United Methodist-related university and propelled by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service. Visit Pfeiffer at or Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.


Photo (top): Pfeiffer University President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith; Piedmont Community College President, Dr. Walter Bartlett

Group Photo: sitting: Pfeiffer University President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith; Piedmont Community College President, Dr. Walter Bartlett
Standing: Dr. Christopher Parker, Vice President, Pfeiffer with PCC representatives: Lee Proctor, Interim Dean, Student Development; Shelly Stone,Provost, Caswell County Campus/Dean, Caswell Curriculum Programs; Dr. Michelle Aheron, Dean, Accelerated & Innovative Learning Programs; Alisa Montgomery, Dean, Health Sciences and Human Services/Director, Associate Degree Nursing Education; Lionell Parker, Dean, Learning Resources Centers; Dr. Libby McPhaul-Moore, Special Assistant to the Vice President, Instruction and Student Development for Distance Education and Strategic Initiatives; Walter Montgomery, Dean, Technical and Occupational Programs; and Dr. Joyce Johnson, Vice President, Instruction and Student Development