THOMASVILLE — WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of national online nonprofit Western Governors University, has forged a new partnership with Davidson County Community College that will ease the transition for graduates to pursue bachelor’s degrees offered by WGU. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will also provide tuition discounts and access to scholarship funds.
The MOU establishes the principles that all articulated associate degrees at DCCC will transfer seamlessly to WGU without the student’s need to repeat any coursework toward a bachelor’s degree, facilitating a smooth process of the transfer.
In addition, DCCC graduates, faculty and staff will receive a five percent discount on WGU’s already cost-effective tuition. They will also be eligible to apply for scholarships through the WGU Community College Partnerships Scholarship program, which provides each recipient with tuition credit of $2,000, awarded over four six-month terms at $500 each term.
“WGU North Carolina provides exceptional quality for students who desire an online education to fit their schedule and life,” DCCC President Dr. Darrin Hartness said. “WGU’s commitment to providing financial assistance to our students will help them continue to advance their education and careers at a more affordable cost. I look forward to seeing the personal and professional success of our students who choose to take this path.”
“We are thrilled to add DCCC to our list of community college partnerships in an effort to help its graduates and staff fulfill opportunities to further their education,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “Because WGU offers a competency-based learning model directly related to industry demands, our graduates are more prepared to enter today’s workforce. We are committed to helping all North Carolina residents, whether in rural or urban areas, prepare themselves to meet our state’s job needs into the future.”
WGU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the high-demand fields of business, information technology, education and healthcare, including nursing. WGU maintains credit transfer policies in association with community colleges across the United States. WGU North Carolina officially launched in October 2017 through a partnership between the State and nationally recognized Western Governors University. More than 3,300 North Carolina residents are currently enrolled at WGU.