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PCC, N.C. Wesleyan Partner to Expand Educational Opportunities for Area Students

PCC President G. Dennis Massey, left, and N.C. Wesleyan President James Gray III sign on to a new partnership between the schools that will allow PCC students and graduates to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration through Wesleyan College.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) have entered into a partnership to enhance and expand the educational opportunities of associate degree graduates in eastern North Carolina.

On Aug. 17, PCC President G. Dennis Massey and NCWC President James Gray III signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow Wesleyan to begin teaching business administration courses on the Pitt campus in January.

Massey said having N.C. Wesleyan offer courses at Pitt to the college’s graduating students so they are able to remain in Greenville while pursuing bachelor’s degrees was “positive news” and would likely stimulate a higher associate degree completion rate at PCC.

“This is an extension of the cooperative agreement we signed earlier this year with N.C. Wesleyan and underscores how important Pitt County is to the state and the region,” he said. “We are open to considering many ways to support the educational and career success of our students and others in this community."

Gray called the Pitt partnership a “significant step” toward expanding Wesleyan’s footprint in the region.

“PCC will be an excellent partner,” he said. “And having another option for a bachelor’s degree is good news for both full-time students and working adults who want to continue their education.”

As part of the agreement, Wesleyan will begin offering a number of courses on the Pitt campus from its business administration bachelor’s program. Students will have the option to take accelerated eight-week, one-night-a-week classes as well as accelerated eight-week online classes.

Wesleyan will establish a seamless, guaranteed transfer guide for PCC’s associate in arts, associate in science and some associate of applied science degree students. NCWC tuition will not exceed the state system’s direct cost of attendance.

“North Carolina Wesleyan College understands the importance of assisting working adults as they strive to further their education,” said Dr. Evan Duff, NCWC interim provost. “Partnering with high-quality community colleges has created opportunities for adult students that have not been seen before in this part of the state.”

Wesleyan has formed similar partnerships with Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington and Southeastern Community College in Whiteville. The partnerships are coordinated and managed by Duff through the Wesleyan Office of Adult and Professional Studies.

An advisor from Wesleyan will be available on Pitt’s campus to help students maximize their credit transfers and provide specialized support unique to the adult students. Bob Davis will serve as the onsite admissions and advising coordinator for the PCC program.

For more information about the partnership, contact Pat Baldwin, chair of PCC’s University Transfer and Foreign Languages Department, at (252) 493-7305 or the NCWC Office of Adult and Professional Studies at www.ncwc.edu.


08/24/2012