In the continuing effort to expand educational options for Pamlico Community College students, college officials have just broken new ground to create a broader range of opportunities for PCC graduates.
Dr. Cleve H. Cox, president, and Dr. María Fraser-Molina, vice president and chief academic officer, along with other college faculty and staff members visited Barton College in Wilson, NC on September 23 to execute a partnership with Barton College to establish three new articulation agreements. These articulation agreements will promote a seamless pathway for qualified transfer students from Pamlico Community College to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Barton.
Dr. Cox observed, “This agreement creates one of those highly desirous situations where everybody wins, most importantly the students and eastern North Carolina, where these graduates will help meet the changing needs of our population. We are proud to partner with Barton College on this endeavor and look forward to other agreements in the future.
Echoing Dr. Cox, “D. Norval C. Kneten, Barton’s president, noted, “Barton welcomes the opportunity to partner with Pamlico Community College through these new articulation agreements. This collaboration will open doors to provide an multitude of educational opportunities for students regionally as they complete their associate’s degree at PCC and continue their academic journey, enrolling at Barton to complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees. It is exciting to witness the energy and enthusiasm of the faculty members from both institutions as they realize these transfer students we both serve will be the beneficiaries of this significant partnership.
Both presidents affirmed that their respective schools were committed to their communities and to the region at large. They emphasized that this new partnership will only strengthen their institutions’ educational commitment to Eastern North Carolina.
The first articulation agreement focuses on Pamlico Community College students who have completed their Associate in Arts degree or Associate in Science degree with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Having met all standard admission requirements, these Pamlico Community College graduates may transfer to Barton College at the junior level with all baccalaureate general college core requirements satisfied, with the exception of the junior level general education capstone course (GEN 301) that will be completed during the Barton Experience.
Barton and Pamlico have also signed two bilateral agreements simplifying the process for students who successfully complete the Human Services Technology Associate in Applied Science degree at PCC to easily transfer to the Gerontology or Social Work programs at Barton College in order to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in either of these disciplines.
There is another special advantage for PCC graduates. If they enroll full time in Barton College’s day program under these agreements, they will qualify for an additional tuition scholarship.
Dr. Fraser-Molina added emphasis to the significance of these agreements between institutions with common goals. “The fact that both Barton College and Pamlico Community College are student-centered institutions fully dedicated to academic excellence and student success makes this a natural and meaningful partnership.”
Officials at Barton noted that this collaboration between the two colleges supports both institutions’ commitment to academically prepare students to be successful and productive leaders in their chosen professional fields.
Noting that both institutions have common goals, “Dr. Gary Daynes, provost/vice president for academic affairs, and interim vice president for external relations at Barton, said, “Pamlico Community College and Barton College both have deep commitments to their communities. We share a desire to improve the quality-of-life in our region. And we understand that the best way to do that is through education. These articulation agreements allow us to work side-by-side to help students achieve their educational goals. And, when they achieve their educational goals, the lives of their families and our communities will be better as well.”