WCC and UNC Wilmington sign Pathway to Excellence Program agreement

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WCC and UNC Wilmington sign Pathway to Excellence Program agreement


WCC and UNC Wilmington sign Pathway to Excellence Program agreement

WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College (WCC) and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) have signed an agreement for the establishment of the Pathway to Excellence program. The Pathway to Excellence (PTE) program is a partnership between UNCW and WCC that provides a pathway for guaranteed admission to UNCW for students completing an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Engineering with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in transferrable, college-level coursework from WCC.

“We are excited about enhancing the connections between Wilkes Community College and UNCW,” Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli said. “Thanks to the Pathway to Excellence program, we look forward to welcoming even more of WCC’s outstanding students to the Seahawk community.”

In addition to guaranteed admission to UNCW, high achieving WCC transfer students will be given priority consideration for a Transfer Merit Scholarship. Students in the program will have access to a UNCW Transfer Student Success Coordinator that will meet with them on the WCC campus during each semester. The coordinator will work in collaboration with WCC Advisors to create a successful path of transfer for students.

“I was more than a little surprised and impressed when Chancellor Sartarelli reached out to arrange a meeting with me to discuss this new Pathway to Excellence program, which will guarantee admission to UNC-Wilmington for our students who complete their associate degrees at Wilkes Community College,” said Dr. Jeff Cox, Wilkes Community College President.  “Our students who transfer to four-year institutions are very successful when they get there—we just have to get more students who are in that transfer pipeline to go on to a university to finish their bachelors’ degrees, and this program will help us reach that goal!”

WCC VP of Instruction, Dr. Yolanda Wilson stated, “We are incredibly grateful for this transfer partnership with UNC-Wilmington and the opportunities this Pathway to Excellence program will afford our students.  Creating a seamless transition between our institutions is only strengthened by their willingness to apply application fee waivers for our students planning to transfer and reflects their desire to remove any unnecessary barriers that may prevent that from happening.”

For more information about the Pathway to Excellence program, you may contact Dr. Sheneele Wagoner, WCC advisor at [email protected] or 336-838-6195.


About UNC Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with an enrollment of nearly 17,500 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. As a doctoral university with high research activity, UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.