PCC to launch weekend and evening Transfer and Nursing programs in Fall 2017

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In response to the changing demands in adult education, Piedmont Community College (PCC) will launch a Weekend and Evening Program, in Fall 2017, for prospective students interested in pursuing either an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree in the College’s University Transfer Program or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). The programs are designed for anyone interested in earning a degree from PCC while attending classes only in the evenings or on the weekends.

Students in the Weekend and Evening Program will be able to take full advantage of the same curriculum and dedicated faculty that day students experience.

“At Piedmont Community College, we are always striving to meet the needs of current and prospective students,” commented Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President. “A large number of students work part or full-time and have trouble with the traditional daytime schedule. It’s our responsibly to offer alternatives that encourage students to pursue higher education without sacrificing employment opportunities.”

The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs are designed to provide a solid understanding of foundational skills in each degree area, while providing a variety of general education courses that can be transferred to a four-year university or college in North Carolina.

Students can choose from traditional in-class courses, hybrid/blended learning, and entirely online formats. These two degree programs provide a solid foundation for future bachelor’s degree course work. Moreover, students in these University Transfer programs will only have to complete two additional years at the four-year institution once they graduate from PCC.

It is also one of the least expensive ways to earn a bachelor’s degree from a public college or university.

Prospective students interested in the Associate Degree program at PCC can attend classes and clinical experiences offered in the evening and weekend format, culminating in an associate degree in applied science with a major in Nursing in just two years. Students who are accepted into the program must enroll in and successfully complete prerequisite courses in Fall 2017 and officially start the two-year ADN program in January 2018. Upon completion of the nursing major, students will be eligible for the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) Exam.

With the world population living longer and needing more care, the healthcare field is one of the best places to get a job, and will likely stay that way for many years to come.

“We are pleased to be able to offer a wonderful educational opportunity to students who may want or need a course of study outside the typical workday schedule,” says Alisa Montgomery, Dean of the Department of Health Sciences and Human Services. “The Weekend and Evening Program in Nursing will particularly benefit those who need to balance the demands of work and family, while attending a nursing program.”

Dr. Joyce Johnson, Vice President, Instruction and Student Development, states, “We are aware that many adult students have very different needs. Not only are their schedules different but their lives have different priorities. We recognize and respect those differences, and we have designed new programs to accommodate them.”

To learn more about the different degree programs, please contact:

• Associate in Science degree: Karen Sanders, Dean, Department of Mathematics and Science, at (336) 322-2190
• Associate in Arts degree: Wayne Cohan, Dean, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, at (336) 322-2205
• Associate Degree in Nursing: Alisa Montgomery, Dean, Department of Health Sciences and Human Services, at (336) 322-2213
Additional information about each Weekend and Evening Program can be found on the PCC website at www.piedmontcc.edu/schedule.