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PCC-Wesleyan 'Two Degrees in Three' Pact Makes Bachelor's Degree More Affordable

WINTERVILLE—An innovative partnership between Pitt Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College is making access to a bachelor's degree more attainable and affordable.

Administrators from both colleges say their new “Two Degrees in Three” program is designed for working adults in Eastern North Carolina who are college-ready. Students who enroll in the program, they say, can earn associate and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration after three years of year-round study.

“Being the first of its kind, this partnership has many unique qualities that have never been seen between two schools in North Carolina,” said N.C. Wesleyan President James Gray. “Both schools provide the exact number of credits students will need to complete their associate and bachelor’s degrees.”

Through the partnership, students take 64 credit hours at PCC and another 60 through N.C. Wesleyan to get the 124 hours Wesleyan requires for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. PCC will then accept 12 hours from the upper-level courses students take at Wesleyan and apply them toward the 76 hours needed for an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration.

“The partnership between PCC and N.C. Wesleyan is designed to accelerate a student's completion time, and it provides increased levels of support that enhance student success,” said Maria Pharr, PCC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Pharr said students will take a combination of accelerated eight-week, five-week, and online classes through a cohort model in which they move through each class together.

“The cohort system provides students with a team atmosphere in which all of the class members understand the complexities of work and social responsibilities and therefore help and motivate each other,” she said.

Evan Duff, N.C. Wesleyan Interim Provost and Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies, said one of the partnership’s most important features is the “affordability factor.”

Duff explained that students who complete the program will have paid roughly $60,000 less on average over three years than their counterparts who attended a traditional four-year private school for the same degree. The savings, he said, is approximately $5,000 less on average compared to a traditional public college or university in North Carolina.

“Students who take advantage of the ‘Two Degrees in Three’ program also earn two degrees in three years versus one in four years,” Duff said.

For more information on the PCC-N.C. Wesleyan partnership, contact PCC’s Alton Wadford at (252) 493-7745 or awadford@email.pittcc.edu.