August 19, 2019 – Davidson County Community College has partnered with WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of national online nonprofit Western Governors University, to create a seamless pathway from associate to bachelor’s degree.
The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Davidson campus with leaders representing both institutions on August 19. The agreement ensures all articulated associate degrees earned at DCCC will transfer without the student’s need to repeat any coursework toward a bachelor’s degree through WGU. It additionally establishes a system to provide tuition discounts and access to scholarship funds for students.
DCCC graduates, faculty and staff will also receive a five percent discount on WGU’s tuition through the memorandum. They will be eligible to apply for scholarships through the WGU Community College Partnerships Scholarship program, which provides each recipient with tuition credit of $2,000, awarded over four terms at $500 each term.
“WGU North Carolina provides exceptional quality for students who desire an online education to fit their schedule and life,” DCCC President Dr. Darrin Hartness said. “WGU’s commitment to providing financial assistance to our students will help them continue to advance their education and careers at a more affordable cost. I look forward to seeing the personal and professional success our students who choose to take this path.”
“We are thrilled to add DCCC to our list of community college partnerships in an effort to help its graduates and staff fulfill opportunities to further their education,” WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt said. “Because WGU offers a competency-based learning model directly related to today’s industry demands, our graduates are more prepared to enter today’s workforce. We are committed to helping all North Carolina residents, whether in rural or urban areas, prepare themselves to meet our state’s job needs into the future.”
WGU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the high-demand fields of business, information technology, education and healthcare, including nursing. WGU maintains credit transfer policies in association with community colleges across the United States. WGU North Carolina officially launched in October 2017 through a partnership between the State and nationally recognized Western Governors University. More than 3,300 North Carolina residents are currently enrolled at WGU.
For more information about WGU North Carolina, visit www.wgu.edu/north-carolina.html. To learn more about Davidson County Community College, visit DavidsonCCC.edu.
About Davidson County Community College
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.
About WGU North Carolina
WGU North Carolina is an online competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for North Carolina residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Learn more at northcarolina.wgu.edu.