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Engineering Bachelor’s Degrees Start at CVCC

engineering cvccThanks 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

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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