North Carolina Wesleyan College and Cape Fear Community College recently announced a partnership to provide two bachelor’s degree programs on Cape Fear’s Wilmington campuses. On January 10, after months of planning and coordination between the two schools, more than 30 students will begin their first classes leading to careers in business administration or elementary education.
To staff the program, Wesleyan recruited adjunct professors from the Wilmington area to teach the relevant courses and hired Katie Farrell as the full-time educational coordinator to recruit and advise students interested in these degrees. All instructors have a minimum of a master’s degree with many having earned doctorate degrees. In addition, some of Wesleyan’s full-time faculty will teach occasionally in Wilmington.
Farrell oversees the total program and expressed excitement about the launch of the first classes.
NCWC President James Gray will join her to welcome the first group of students. She said, “I am delighted to work with these great students, who are eager to take advantage of the opportunity to complete their degrees through this unique program that is designed for the convenience of the adult learner.”
According to Farrell, an additional 60 students are in the process of applying for the program, which offers year-round rolling admissions and course completion in an eight week cycle. The first course offerings include: Business Communications, Religion, Books for Children, and Psychological Development in Childhood. The next term will begin in early March.
Each course will be offered one night each week for 8 weeks with a mix of classroom and online experiences. This schedule is designed to allow students to attend full-time, but also, to meet the needs of working students who prefer to attend on a part-time basis. Tuition is comparable to the state university system and financial aid is available for qualified individuals.
Students will have access to Smarthinking, an online tutoring service, and the NCWC library has coordinated with the CFCC library to teach and assist students with information literacy skills. The elementary education degree provides state licensure for students who complete those requirements.
“It is exciting to see this partnership come to fruition,” said Dr. Evan Duff, vice president for adult programs at NCWC. “The level of interest we have received demonstrates the need for more educational programs that accommodate working adults in eastern NC. Wesleyan is proud to be meeting those needs.”
Duff noted the college has agreements with several NC community colleges which allow students with associate degrees to transfer credits to Wesleyan’s four-year programs. However, he pointed out that delivering the classes on Cape Fear’s northern and downtown campuses is a new approach. “This is the first partnership in several years where we’re physically offering the degrees on their campus and accommodating their students. So, this is a different approach for Wesleyan.”
According to Duff, many students with an associate’s degree in applied science from CFCC’s vocational programs have some difficulty finding four-year colleges that accept their credit hours. The Wesleyan program allows students to transfer up to 64 credit hours from many of the AAS degrees, which is the maximum a four-year school can accept for a two-year degree.
Individuals seeking more information should visit the NC Wesleyan College website www.ncwc.edu/adult or email Katie Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (910) 520-6786.