DANVILLE, Va. (May, 29, 2019) — Today, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks and Piedmont Community College (PCC) President Dr. Pamela G. Senegal signed an articulation agreement and a community educational partnership agreement between the two schools in order to make the transfer process to Averett smooth for graduates of PCC. These two agreements will bring the total to four between the two schools, which already provide options for Bachelor of Applied Science and Department of Nursing students.

The articulation agreement focuses on traditional students studying sociology and criminal justice, allowing for students who have completed PCC’s Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in criminal justice technology to transfer to Averett University and continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in sociology/criminal justice. The students will enter Averett with a junior status and can expect to graduate after completing a minimum of 60 credits at Averett.

The community educational partnership agreement, geared toward adult students entering Averett’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program, guarantees acceptance of any PCC student to Averett who has completed an associate’s degree. All the students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

“At Averett University we are extremely pleased to embark on another market-driven partnership with our neighboring Piedmont Community College. Our shared goal is to provide pathways to careers for high-demand jobs,” said Franks. “This opportunity in sociology/criminal justice is in response to the current industry needs, and creates an easy transition for students who are expanding their knowledge and want to earn the next-level degree.”

Both the community educational partnership agreement and the articulation agreement allow for a seamless evolution for students to move onto a four-year university, including many scholarship and financial aid options. Members of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, are automatically awarded a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are admitted to Averett University.

“Piedmont Community College students interested in sociology and criminal justice are being offered a wonderful opportunity with this new agreement with Averett University. In addition to their credits from PCC transferring seamlessly, students can also receive scholarship funding that will make continuing their education at a four-year institution a much more obtainable goal,” said Dr. Senegal.

About Averett University
Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed into a dynamic institution that serves students of all ages, offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors and special programs, along with five graduate programs with a number of concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with regional campuses throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse student body, and boasts an alumni network that spans the globe.

About Piedmont Community College
Piedmont Community College offers a wide variety of curriculum programs and short-term training designed to prepare students for the workforce or a four year college or university. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Students can chose programs that lead to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Fine Arts – Visual Arts (A.F.A.), Associate in General Education (A.G.E.), or Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees. To learn more about Piedmont Community College, visit www.piedmontcc.edu.

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