Thanks to a new partnership between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina, aspiring engineers can start their engineering bachelor’s degree at Catawba Valley Community College.
Under this new agreement between the two higher education systems, students can complete an Associate in Engineering at Catawba Valley Community College and transfer credits to any one of the five UNC engineering programs to complete a bachelor’s degree. This new option does what a report by the National Science Board called for: strengthening the link between community colleges and four-year institutions to create a workforce with stronger STEM skills.
The Associate in Engineering is designed specifically to meet prerequisite requirements of the University of North Carolina engineering programs. After graduating from CVCC and granted admission, students can enter as a junior at:
East Carolina University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Western Carolina University
UNC engineering program admissions are competitive, so no student is guaranteed admission.
Students and families will also save money by paying CVCC tuition for two years, which is a fraction of the cost of university tuition.
Engineers are in short supply according to industry experts. The average engineer’s salary in 2011 is $99,738 according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
For information about enrolling in the Associate in Engineering at CVCC, contact the Admissions Office at 828-327-7000, ext. 4216