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ECC, N.C. Wesleyan renew transfer agreement

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N.C. Wesleyan President Dewey Clark, seated at left, and ECC President Greg McLeod sign a renewal agreement that enables ECC graduates to transfer to Wesleyan. Standing from left are Wesleyan leaders Evan Duff, Michael Drew, Cheryl Barnhill and ECC leaders Mark Lorence, Harry Starnes, Michael Jordan and Debbie Batten.

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From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Edgecombe Community College and N.C. Wesleyan College recently reauthorized an agreement 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.

Leaders from both colleges attended the May 2 signing ceremony at ECC. The reauthorized agreement greatly expands the number of specific Associate in Applied Science degrees from ECC that will transfer to Wesleyan.

ECC degrees that are newly accepted by Wesleyan are:

■ Biotechnology

■ Computed Tomography

■ Distribution Management

■ Entrepreneurship

■ Geospatial Technology

■ Health Information Technology

■ Healthcare Management Technology

■ Historic Preservation Technology

■ Hunting and Shooting Sports Management

■ Manufacturing Technology

■ Radiography

■ School Age Education

■ Supply Chain Management

■ Surgical Technology

■ Trucking Operations

The previous transfer agreement targeted students who completed the following Associate in Applied Science degrees at ECC: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, General Education, Human Services Technology, Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Nursing and Office Administration. No changes were made to the transfer agreement regarding these degrees.

Through the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the N.C. Community College System, ECC graduates who have completed an Associate in Arts degree or an Associate in Science degree also may transfer to Wesleyan. Transfer agreements for students who complete these degree programs have been in place for years between Wesleyan and the community college.

“We have a long history of successful partnerships with Wesleyan,” said Greg McLeod, president of Edgecombe Community College. “Our transfer agreements are 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. “Any steps we can take to strengthen training in the applied sciences will benefit students and local employers,” Dr. McLeod added.

Dewey Clark, president of Wesleyan, emphasized the significance of the college’s new degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

“Logistics for this area is going to be what technology was for the Research Triangle. It’s a game changer,” he said. This new major at Wesleyan aligns with ECC’s Supply Chain Management program.

CSX broke ground recently at the site of its proposed intermodal rail facility across from Wesleyan. A new Triangle Tire plant and a new Corning distribution center in Edgecombe County also will increase the need for logistics professionals.

“Everything that we consume daily comes in on a truck, and that will not change. We need smart, creative minds to figure out how to get goods from one place to another,” Clark added.

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