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Wesleyan Celebrates Cummins Engine Partnership


Rocky Mount Cummins Engine Plant officials met recently with members of North Carolina Wesleyan College’s faculty and staff to celebrate the partnership between Cummins and Wesleyan’s adult student program, ASPIRE. The partnership allows Cummins employees to further their education, which can lead to a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Wesleyan. More than 40 Cummins employees take courses on-site at the Cummins Engine training facility, where Wesleyan has offered as many as four courses per semester. In addition, Cummins has provided paid internships for several Wesleyan students from the college’s traditional day program.

Pictured above, front row, left to right: Cummins employees Richard Rains, Director of Quality; Anita Davis, Human Resources Generalist; Jacquelyn Deloach, Community Engagement Leader; Harvey Self, Director of Materials; Wesleyan’s Richard Kennedy, Admissions and Advising Coordinator; Dr. Evan Duff, Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies; Calvin Ballance, Cummins Plant Manager; Michael Pratt, Vice President of College Advancement and Strategy; John Judd, Director of Assembly, Test, Paint, Upfit, Kitting and Marine. Second row: Wesleyan’s Michael Drew, Director of ASPIRE/Rocky Mount; Marcus Rich, Assistant College Store Manager and ASPIRE Instructor; Doretha Chichester, Admissions Representative; Provost Dr. Michael Brown; Cummins’ Mark Striemer, Director of Machining B; Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark; John Brown, Corporate Liaison/ASPIRE; Tiffany Alexander, Director of Internship and Career Services; Elizabeth Lancaster, Registration Specialist.