Lees-McRae signs new articulation agreements with CCC&TI

BANNER ELK ─ The long relationship between Lees-McRae College and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) was extended on February 28 when Kevin Phillips, vice president of enrollment and student affairs, and Mark Poarch, president of CCC&TI, shared the latest Articulation agreements signed between the institutions.

Four new agreements strengthen and build on a previously established statement of intent, offering even more opportunities for CCC&TI students to continue their education through pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Lees-McRae.

Three of the agreements provide direct transfer for graduates of the CCC&TI Associate in Emergency Management program into the Lees McRae online bachelor’s program in criminal justice. The agreements apply to students who have graduated from three different streams of the Emergency Management program: those earning BLET credits, Public Safety Certificates, and Criminal Justice Certificates.

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The fourth agreement provides direct transfer for graduates of the CCC&TI Associate in Human Services Mental Health Concentration to the Lees-McRae online bachelor’s degree in Human Services.

“CCC&TI and Lees-McRae College have enjoyed an excellent partnership over many years,” said Poarch. “We are proud to expand this partnership and work together again to ensure our students have the opportunity to pursue further education after they graduate from CCC&TI.”

In addition to its affiliation with the Lees-McRae Guaranteed Admission Program established through the direct transfer agreements, the college offers discounted pricing for students transferring through the program. A rebate of $30 per credit hour is available for students enrolled in an online graduation program, and an additional rebate of $20 per credit hour is offered to law enforcement officers, chartered police officers, registered nurses, medical personnel and members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society .

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“By providing more opportunities for students to continue their education in specific academic programs such as Criminal Justice and Human Services, Lees-McRae is able to help more and more students achieve academic and professional success,” said Phillips. “Our flexible course schedules and online offerings are ideal for CCC&TI students to earn their bachelor’s degree in a short amount of time at a very affordable cost. We hope to be able to offer more options and ways in the future.”

CCC&TI is now one of dozens of regional community colleges working with Lees-McRae on these types of arrangements to solidify a continuing education path for their graduates while strengthening Lees-McRae’s student body.

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