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Ribbon Cutting Marks Start of Wesleyan’s ASPIRE Classes in Manteo

A ribbon cutting celebrated the first day of classes for 14 students enrolled in North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Aspire program, which opened January 13 for the first time on the College of the Albemarle’s Dare County Campus in Manteo.

Aspire is an adult student program that provides class sessions one night a week for 5 or 8 weeks and leads to four-year bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Organizational Administration, Marketing, and Accounting. The program is fully accredited and offers financial aid and advising.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Karen Brown, and Dare County Commissioner Chair Warren Judge welcomed officials and guests to the event. Attending were Chamber Board Member Tim Kelly of Staples; Chamber Ambassadors Glenn Sawyer, AFLAC; Penny Bentley and Phyllis Neal, OBX Bank; and Tyler Booth, BB&T. Also attending were Dan Jones, Landon Price, Bill Rea, Nancy Chappell, Anne Morrisette, and Shelley Watson. Charter Business was recognized as a Chamber sponsor of the ribbon cutting program.

Pictured: front row, left to right: Bill Rea, Dan Jones, Dr. Evan Duff, Tracy Grant, Shelley Watson, Tyler Booth, Karen Brown and Landon Price. Second row/back row: Commissioner Warren Judge, Nancy Chappell, Anne Morrisette, Glenn Sawyer, Penny Bentley, Phyllis Neal, Sheri May, Tim Kelly, and more.

Tracy Grant is regional coordinator of the Aspire program at College of the Albemarle’s Dare County Campus. She can be reached at 252-473-2264 ext. 224 and