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Piedmont Community College expands degree options with Wesleyan

Published Friday, December 18, 2015
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) and North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) have reached a partnership agreement that will enhance and expand options for PCC students. The articulation agreement, signed December 15, allows PCC students in a variety of programs to transfer 60 credit hours towards a baccalaureate degree and enter NCWC with junior status.
Signing of articulation agreement
“Our mission at Piedmont Community College is about student success. The ultimate student success is gaining employment in the career of their choice. To do that requires pathways and partnerships,” commented Dr. Walter Bartlett, president, Piedmont Community College.

“Pathways provide a clear and well laid out plan for going from where they are to where they need to be. We need partners to accomplish this,” continued Bartlett. “We have good partnerships with the school systems so that our secondary students have multiple pathways to transition from the secondary schools to the community college. What we are doing today is establishing pathways for our graduates to smoothly transition to Wesleyan.”

Associate degrees included in the new Piedmont Community College - North Carolina Wesleyan College articulation agreement include:
• Accounting
• Associate in Arts
• Associate in Science
• Business Administration
• Criminal Justice
• Early Childhood
• General Education
• Medical Assisting
• Healthcare Management Technology
• Medical Office Administration
• Human Services Technology
• Computer Integrated Technology

NCWC will also provide PCC with a complete list of courses accepted from NC Community Colleges and how they transfer to Wesleyan. In addition, other associate degrees will be considered by NCWC on a course-by-course basis determined by Wesleyan’s comprehensive transfer guide for community colleges.

Dr. Michael B. Brown, Wesleyan’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, said, “We have a model that works really well for community college students who want to transfer, whatever their age—from students who want to have a residential experience to adults who are seeking a four-year degree while they work and have their family responsibilities. We have staff that know how to help adults overcome challenges that happen when they are working full-time, have a family, and are also enrolled in college. We can help them reach their career and professional goals.”

To further enhance the transition for students, Wesleyan will designate a member of its admissions staff to be a main point of contact for students who have completed their degree program at PCC and wish to transfer. PCC will do the same.

Wesleyan serves residential, commuting, and Adult Degree Program (ASPIRE) students on its main campus in Rocky Mount, NC. Ten satellite ASPIRE campuses that offer many evening courses for non-traditional students are located throughout the state.

For more information about these programs at PCC, as well as the transfer options to North Carolina Wesleyan College, contact Dr. Michelle Aheron at (336) 322-2115 or e-mail her at Michelle.Aheron@piedmontcc.edu.

Photos: (above and bottom right) Dr. Walter Bartlett, President, PCC and Dr. Michael B. Brown, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, North Carolina Wesleyan College

(bottom left) sitting: Dr. Walter Bartlett, President, PCC and Dr. Michael B. Brown, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, North Carolina Wesleyan College

standing: Lisa Cooley, PCC; Walter Montgomery, PCC; Alisa Montgomery, PCC; Lee Proctor, PCC; Wayne Cohan, PCC; Dr. Michelle Aheron, PCC; Dr. Mike Ammons, Wesleyan; Dr. Evan Duff, Wesleyan.

Signing of articulation agreement  Signing of articulation agreement