GTCC, A&T announce partnership
Guilford Technical Community College and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announced a joint partnership that will give GTCC students an opportunity to apply for joint admission to N.C. A&T’s College of Engineering beginning this fall.
The partnership is intended to improve access to undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, to provide coordinated services and activities in support of student retention and to increase graduation rates.
“This new and exciting groundbreaking agreement supports several of GTCC’s major initiatives including our Completion by Design initiative we are leading for the state; our increasing focus on STEM programs to support economic development for Guilford County business and industry; and our continued cooperative efforts with the area’s higher education community,” said Randy Parker, president of GTCC. “It also provides a pathway to a bachelor’s degree at a lower cost for Guilford County citizens.”
The co-admission agreement is the first of its kind for both institutions and for the state in the field of engineering. Only a few dual-enrolled programs currently exist between North Carolina’s public universities and community colleges. Agreements like this support efforts by the state’s community college and university systems to improve the completion rates of students and to align with the UNC system’s new strategic plan.
“N.C. A&T has long-been committed to the education of STEM professionals and leaders on the local, regional and national levels. This partnership with GTCC will enable the university to better meet our nation’s growing need for qualified STEM professionals,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. of N.C. A&T. “A&T’s vision is to become the institution of choice for some of the world’s best and brightest students and it is only natural for us to form strategic partnerships like the one we’re announcing today with GTCC.”
The partnership involves two components: A co-admission program agreement and an articulation agreement. Under the new agreement, select students will be co-admitted to both GTCC and N.C. A&T simultaneously.
The curriculum articulation agreement will allow successful students to apply 65 credits towards bachelor’s degrees in civil or mechanical engineering at N.C. A&T’s College of Engineering, giving students junior standing upon transition. Five new lower division courses in engineering will be added to GTCC’s curriculum.
GTCC hopes to enroll up to 30 students in the co-admission program by fall 2013. Students will be required to satisfy specific not-yet-determined admission requirements in order to participate.
“This partnership holds tremendous promise for our students and our community,” said Maurice O. “Mo” Green, Guilford County Schools superintendent. “The more we can open doors to higher education for our graduates, the better.”
How does this benefit co-admitted students?
A variety of benefits will be offered to students co-admitted to GTCC and A&T including:
•Coordinated federal and financial aid disbursement
•One application fee for N.C. A&T
•Special scholarship opportunities for Guilford County Schools graduates
•Coordinated student and academic services
•A seamless transition to N.C. A&T upper-division coursework for students who maintain established academic standards during their first two years at GTCC
•Access to co-curricular programs (e.g., internships, student clubs)
•Coordinated degree completion