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ECC and Wesleyan Sign Transfer Agreement

Dr. Dewey Clark and Dr. Deborah Lamm sign agreements

Dr. Dewey Clark, president of North Carolina Wesleyan College, and Dr. Deborah Lamm, president of Edgecombe Community College, reauthorize an agreement that enables ECC graduates of specific Associate in Applied Science degrees to transfer to Wesleyan to complete four-year degrees.

Edgecombe Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College reauthorized a collaborative articulation agreement last week that will help qualified ECC graduates transfer to Wesleyan.

The goal is to enable a seamless transfer for students who enroll at Wesleyan following completion of their two-year degree at ECC.

The articulation agreement targets Edgecombe Community College students who complete specific Associate in Applied Science degrees: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, General Education, Human Services Technology, Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Nursing, and Office Administration.

Through the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the North Carolina Community College System, ECC graduates who have completed an Associate in Arts degree or an Associate in Science degree may transfer to Wesleyan.

Transfer agreements for students who complete these degree programs have been in place for years between the community college and Wesleyan.

“We have a long history of successful partnerships with Wesleyan,” says Dr. Harry Starnes, dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Edgecombe Community College. “This articulation agreement is especially beneficial to local students who prefer to stay in the area to pursue higher education.”

Associate in Applied Science degrees typically are not college transfer programs. Dr. Starnes explains, “Industry is starting to demand more than a two-year degree from prospective employees, so any steps we can take to strengthen training in the applied sciences will benefit students and local employers.”

Wesleyan is among a number of independent North Carolina colleges and universities that have signed the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the North Carolina Community College System. This agreement enables any student who has obtained an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree from any community college statewide to transfer into certain baccalaureate degree programs at Wesleyan.

“Edgecombe Community College continues to educate outstanding students who are very prepared to continue and earn bachelor’s degrees,” says Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. “It is important that we provide these students with an easy transition, credit for the quality work they have done at Edgecombe, and affordability through merit scholarships.”