Rocky Mount, NC—North Carolina Wesleyan College recently relocated its Goldsboro adult degree program from 139 West Walnut Street to 1101 Parkway Drive. The college will hold a ribbon cutting at the new location on July 15 at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
“It was sad to leave the downtown area where they have welcomed us for over 13 years,” said Laura Estes, executive director of Wesleyan’s ASPIRE Program. “However, we love the new visibility we have from Highway 70. We have already had new applicants who came in after they saw the sign on the building from the road.”
Wesleyan began offering classes at the Parkway Drive location on June 23. The facility offers 11 classrooms compared with 7 at the downtown location and will better accommodate the growing enrollment of Wesleyan’s ASPIRE Program (Adult Student Program: Innovative, Respected, Engaging), according to Dr. Evan Duff, Wesleyan’s Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies.
Estes notes that she has heard many positive comments about the move from students as well as faculty, who say that the new location has the look and feel of a college.
Liz Meador, a Wesleyan English instructor, said students and faculty are excited about the updated computers and fresh furnishings. “I think students will take pride in the building and perform well in the atmosphere conducive to their learning and to achieving their academic goals,” she said.
Wesleyan’s ASPIRE program in Goldsboro provides multiple bachelor’s degree programs for adults through the Office of Adult and Professional Studies. Mature men and women may tailor their course loads to meet personal, career, and life goals through accelerated classes, online, and hybrid courses, and other options.
The Goldsboro program offers degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Educational Studies, Elementary Education (K-6), Marketing (online), Organizational Administration, Psychology, and Religious Studies.
The adult degree program in Goldsboro began at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in the mid-1970s and moved to the downtown location in 2001. Laura Estes has been an administrator with the program since 2000.
“We are excited about our new friendships and nearby businesses such as the YMCA and Pepsi,” she said. “We look forward to becoming a good neighbor with a positive effect.”
North Carolina Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Current enrollment is approximately 1,600 traditional and adult students. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in 28 majors and 18 minor degree programs and, in addition to the home campus in Rocky Mount, NC, supports nine regional locations throughout Eastern North Carolina. Visit www.ncwc.edu.