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Coburn Earns Criminal Justice Bachelor’s through Fayetteville State Partnership

Former PCC student Cameron Coburn, left, receives a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Fayetteville State University Chancellor James A. Anderson. Coburn took advantage of a criminal justice articulation between Pitt and Fayetteville State.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College graduate Cameron Coburn has completed a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University, making him the second Pitt student to take advantage of a transfer partnership between the two schools.

In 2008, Pitt and Fayetteville State signed an agreement that created a smooth path for PCC criminal justice students seeking bachelor’s degrees. Through the partnership, Pitt students can complete 90 of the 120 credit hours required for a four-year criminal justice degree at PCC before taking the final 30 hours online through Fayetteville State.

Essentially, students take their 100- and 200-level courses for an associate degree at Pitt before moving on to complete 300- and 400-level classes at Fayetteville State for a bachelor’s degree. Kimberly Gower was the first PCC graduate to complete a bachelor’s degree through the partnership.

Students who take advantage of the PCC-FSU articulation save considerably on the cost of a four-year criminal justice degree from Fayetteville State, since community college tuition and fees are considerably less than that of a university.

Current PCC criminal justice students can take advantage of the agreement as well as graduates of the program who want to continue their studies.

Coburn, who has served with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years, completed his criminal justice associate degree at PCC in 2009 before finishing its university transfer program two years later. He transferred to Fayetteville State and completed his four-year degree requirements this year.

The son of former PCC Athletics Director Charles Coburn, Cameron has also completed Pitt’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. He currently serves on the PCC Alumni Association Board of Directors and chairs the group’s events committee.

For more details on the PCC-Fayetteville State partnership, contact Altrice Gales, PCC criminal justice instructor, at (252) 493-7718 or by e-mail at agales@email.pittcc.edu.