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ASPIRE-Cape Fear Program Coordinator Announced

NC Wesleyan College and Cape Fear CC announce Program Coordinator

ROCKY MOUNT, NC:  Katie M. Farrell has been named Education Coordinator for ASPIRE-Cape Fear, the new adult degree program under development in Wilmington through a partnership between North Carolina Wesleyan College and Cape Fear Community College.  Farrell is joining the NC Wesleyan staff with more than 7 years of professional experience in business and higher education, most recently at Mount Olive College-Wilmington.

“Katie is an excellent addition to the Wesleyan ASPIRE staff,” said Dr. Evan Duff, NCWC vice president for adult education.  “She understands the complexities that adult students face and she has a diverse background that will be beneficial to Wesleyan.  She will be an asset to the students we serve in Wilmington.”

Farrell graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.  She is working toward completing the Master of Science Degree in Higher Education with concentration on College Administration and Leadership.  She expects to graduate in February 2012.

In her new role, Farrell will provide administrative leadership and coordination in the development and operation of ASPIRE-Cape Fear serving adults in the Wilmington area and eastern North Carolina.  Beginning in mid-November from an office in the CFCC Applied Technologies Building, she will recruit and advise students, assist with registration paperwork, direct students to sources for financial aid, and oversee the total program.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with adult students in the Wilmington area,” Farrell said. “I am looking forward to serving as a liaison between these two great educational institutions.”

Earlier this fall, NC Wesleyan and Cape Fear CC announced a partnership to provide two bachelor’s degree programs on Cape Fear’s campus.  The initial offerings include courses toward the B.S. in Business Administration or Elementary Education.  Enrollment is in process and first evening courses will begin on January 9, 2012.

According to Duff, the administration has been interviewing professors and is already working through the admissions process with more than 60 potential students.  Of this group, approximately 65 percent are business administration majors and 35 percent are elementary education majors.  He said, “Having bachelor’s level courses on the community college campus allows CFCC graduates and others with associate degrees to make a smooth transition to NC Wesleyan College.  We are very pleased with the response so far.”

All of the bachelor’s degree-related courses will be taught by Wesleyan faculty on the CFCC North campus or in downtown Wilmington.  Course will be offered from 6:00 – 10:00 pm one night each week for 8 weeks with a mix of classroom and online experiences.  This schedule allows students to attend full-time, but also, meets the needs of working students who may choose to attend on a part-time basis.

The elementary education degree provides state licensure for students who complete those requirements. Tuition is comparable to the state university system and financial aid is available for qualified individuals, including veterans.

Individuals seeking more information about the ASPIRE-Cape Fear adult degree program should visit the NC Wesleyan College website www.ncwc.edu/adult or call 1-877-867-NCWC (1-877-867-6292).