Rocky Mount, NC- North Carolina Wesleyan College President James A. Gray III and Durham Technical Community College President Bill Ingram met in Durham on Thursday January 3, 2013 to sign a memorandum of understanding that formalized a transfer partnership between the two schools. The transfer partnership opens new opportunities for students by fostering completion of both the associate’s degree at Durham Tech and the bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan.
“It is our pleasure to collaborate with a community college with the strengths that Durham Tech offers,” said Gray. “Together we can help all of our students succeed. We are trying to listen to what our students and communities are asking for and respond in a positive way. We are all part of the same continuum of education, and North Carolina Wesleyan College is proud to be included in the Durham Tech family.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the two institutions will collaborate on strategies that facilitate the seamless and successful transfer of DTCC graduates to NC Wesleyan undergraduate degree programs. As an added bonus, Durham Tech traditional program graduates, who wish to transfer to the traditional program at NC Wesleyan in Rocky Mount, can qualify for a special financial aid package. The unique arrangement with Wesleyan will level the direct cost of attendance at the private 4-year college to be equivalent to a state-supported institution as bench-marked against NC State University and East Carolina University.
Ingram echoed Gray’s enthusiasm for the partnership. He said, “Durham Tech is delighted to enter into this partnership with North Carolina Wesleyan College. Wesleyan’s mission to prepare students for their professional advancement, support life-long learning, and encourage responsive participation in the community is closely aligned with Durham Tech’s stated purpose of enhancing students’ lives and our broader community through teaching, learning, and service. We are eager to become a part of the Battling Bishop team and we are thrilled to have North Carolina Wesleyan join the Durham Tech family.”
Along with the college presidents, other officials were present for the signing. DTCC representatives included: Dean and Head of the Department of Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer Program Dr. Thomas Gould and Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement Wanda Maggart. Wesleyan representatives included Interim Provost and Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies Dr. Evan Duff and College Advising Coordinator for the Raleigh-Durham Campus Dr. Jane Fruitt.