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UNCP, Wayne Community College sign BraveStep agreement

Wayne Community College President Dr. Thomas Walker (left) shakes hands with UNCP Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings after signing a BraveStep agreement during a recent ceremony

UNC Pembroke has established a seamless pathway for Wayne Community College students to continue their education at UNCP.

The two institutions recently signed a BraveStep agreement allowing students to begin their college career at WCC and transfer to UNCP after completing 30 credit hours at the community college located in Goldsboro.

Qualified students who are selected will be co-admitted to both institutions and can participate in North Carolina’s Reverse Transfer Program. This will allow them to obtain an associate degree from WCC with the credits they earn from UNCP.

This co-admission partnership with our regional community colleges is designed to prepare students for the challenges of a four-year institution ensuring their successful transition and ultimate degree completion.

“This pathway will provide students an affordable, high-quality education and ensure they are primed for academic success at UNCP. This is a partnership structured not around institutional silos but instead around our shared mission of changing lives through education throughout our state,” said Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings.

BraveStep students will enjoy the privileges of a UNCP student while attending WCC. They will have a UNCP student ID and access to all campus resources, programming and admission to athletic events and Givens Performing Arts Center events. They will also receive academic advising from both institutions to ensure a smooth transition once they have completed coursework at WCC.

Cummings and WCC President Thomas Walker signed the official agreement during a ceremony at WCC on July 10. At the event, Chancellor Cummings touted the NC Promise Tuition Plan which has contributed to a 14 percent enrollment growth.

“We are expected to experience another increase this fall. But our top priority will remain providing access to higher education for students in North Carolina. And, BraveStep is an important way we honor that commitment. This partnership is also an important way we are addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead,” Cummings said.

The collaboration is one way UNCP continues to build pathways between public universities and community colleges to improve student outcomes, reduce financial burdens and maximize the public investment.

Wayne Community College is the latest community college to sign a BraveStep agreement. UNCP has similar agreements with Robeson, Southeastern, Brunswick and Richmond community colleges.