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ASPIRE partners with Rocky Mount Engine Plant

Cummins RMEP

President Gray welcomed the first group of students to the ASPIRE program on-site at Cummins RMEP.

Rocky Mount, NC:  North Carolina Wesleyan College is continuing to expand educational opportunities for adults in the Rocky Mount area. As part of recently announced partnership with Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, the college has begun the first of several courses that will be offered on-site in the company training facility.  Cummins RMEP employees seeking to enhance their work skills or complete their college degrees will be able to enroll and attend in a location adjacent to their work place.  The training center is located across the street from the plant’s main facility.

The first course began in mid-October with 12 students enrolled in Principles of Management (BUS 206).  Other courses that will be offered include Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.

According to Dr. Evan Duff, NCWC Interim Provost, the requirements and guidelines for these courses are identical to those offered to other students.  He said, “Students can earn college credit by taking these courses.  They can choose them for their own professional development or apply them to a college degree that can be completed through coursework in the ASPIRE program on the NCWC campus.  The only difference is the convenience of having the classes within the workplace.”

Cummins RMEP

Cummins RMEP Human Relations Director Ron Ellis, President James Gray, and RMEP Plant Manager Calvin Balance

NC Wesleyan’s ASPIRE programs are nonresidential baccalaureate degree programs designed to meet the educational needs of adult learners.  ASPIRE is the acronym for Adult Student Programs: Innovative, Respected, & Engaging.  The program allows mature women and men to tailor their degree work to meet personal, career, and life goals.  Learners work at their own pace with the option of maintaining full-time or part-time course loads.  ASPIRE learners can take advantage of 5-week, 8-week, hybrid, and online classes, as well as opportunities for earning credit through alternative options such as testing.

Cummins RMEP has been a strong supporter of the college for many years and the two organizations have worked together on several educational initiatives for the benefit of the community.  However, this particular partnership developed over the summer through discussions with NCWC corporate liaison, John Brown, Dr. Duff, and the company’s human resources director Ron Ellis and employee relations representative Anita Davis.

The company and the college celebrated this new venture with a reception to launch the first course.  NCWC President James Gray and RMEP Plant Manager Calvin Balance attended and offered words of encouragement to the first students to take advantage of this work place opportunity.

For more information about the NC Wesleyan ASPIRE program, visit the college website at or contact Rocky Mount ASPIRE, Annette Everett at 252-985-5128 or email