Greensboro, NC-- Tuesday afternoon at a scheduled news conference, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) announced an engineering partnership.
The agreement will give GTCC students an opportunity to apply for joint admission to NC A&T's College of Engineering beginning in fall 2013.
Dr. Harold Martin, Chancellor at NC A&T and Randy Parker, President of GTCC officially signed the agreement papers during the news conference on GTCC's Greensboro campus.
The partnership is intended to improve access to undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, to provide coordinated services and activities in support of student retention and to increase graduation rates.
The partnership involves two components: A co-admission program agreement and an articulation agreement.
Selected students will be co-admitted to both GTCC and NC A&T simultaneously. The following benefits will be offered to co-admitted students:
- Coordinated federal and financial aid disbursement
- One application fee for N.C. A&T
- Special scholarship opportunities for Guilford County Schools graduates
- Coordinated student and academic services
- A seamless transition to N.C. A&T upper-division coursework for students who maintain established academic standards during their first two years at GTCC
- Access to co-curricular programs (e.g. internships, student clubs)
- Coordinated degree completion
The curriculum articulation agreement will allow successful students to apply 65 credits towards bachelor's degrees in civil or mechanical engineering at NC A&T's College of Engineering, giving students junior standing upon transition.
Also, five new lower division courses in engineering will be added to GTCC's curriculum and include: Engineering Graphics, Introduction to Engineering, Engineering Statics, Engineering Dynamics and Engineering Materials.