Rocky Mount, NC – North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) and Southeastern Community College (SCC) have entered into a partnership to enhance and expand the educational opportunities of associate degree graduates in southeastern North Carolina.
NCWC President James Gray III and SCC President Kathy Matlock signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday at Southeastern that outlines the details of the partnership.
“North Carolina Wesleyan College understands the importance of assisting working adults in their communities to further their education,” said Dr. Evan Duff, Interim Provost. “The best way to do this is by partnering with high quality community colleges and creating partnerships that have not been seen in eastern NC before.”
As part of the agreement, Wesleyan will offer a number of courses from its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program on the Southeastern campus starting in January 2013. SCC students will have the opportunity to take online classes through Wesleyan and graduates, who are at least 22 years old with a GPA of 2.0, will receive automatic acceptance at Wesleyan. NCWC tuition will not exceed the state system’s direct cost of attendance. Wesleyan will establish a seamless, guaranteed transfer guide for SCC’s associate in arts, associate in science and some associate of applied science degree students.
Wesleyan has formed a similar partnership with Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. The partnerships are coordinated and managed through the Wesleyan Office of Adult and Professional Studies. Katie Ferrell is the director of the program at CFCC and John Dismukes will serve as the admissions and advising coordinator for the program at SCC in Whiteville.
“A significant advantage of this partnership is that an advisor from Wesleyan will be available here on Southeastern’s campus to help students maximize the transferability of their credits,” said Dr. Morgan Phillips, SCC vice president of academic and student affairs.
Matlock emphasized that the agreement with Wesleyan is the latest in a series of partnerships with four-year institutions that expand educational opportunities for SCC graduates and other individuals in Columbus County who have earned associate’s degrees.
“For nearly 50 years, Southeastern has put short-term training and two-year degree programs within reach for thousands of Columbus County students. This partnership with NC Wesleyan is just one of the ways that SCC is working to ensure that four-year degree programs are accessible for our students who desire to continue their education,” said Matlock.