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Wingate, Central Piedmont partner to expand college access

From staff reports

Wingate University has expanded its Gateway to Wingate program to include associate-degree graduates of Central Piedmont Community College, who will now be able to complete their bachelor's degrees for $2,500 a year or less. 

The new pathway, which will expand college access and give academically qualified Central Piedmont grads a seamless admissions process and high-quality academic advising, became a reality today as the presidents of both colleges signed articulation agreements at Central Piedmont. A separate agreement signed today provides a pathway for qualified Central Piedmont students to enter Wingate's Doctor of Pharmacy program. 

“We are excited and honored to announce this public-private partnership, knowing it will be a great benefit to Central Piedmont students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “We are thrilled to offer this option and pathway to our students who will grow and thrive at Wingate, where they will enjoy smaller class sizes, superb advising and a supportive campus community.

“At the same time, this transfer pathway is a wonderful example of higher education partners in the Charlotte region working together to broaden access to a bachelor’s degree and greater opportunities beyond,” Deitemeyer added.

Gateway to Wingate students who complete an Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Arts (AA), or Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) at Central Piedmont with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.50, and are in good academic standing, will be guaranteed admission to Wingate University. When enrolled, they will receive access to Student Success Services, collaborative academic advising, collaborative financial aid counseling, collaborative career counseling, and long-term planning for admission and preparation for Wingate University graduate programs. Central Piedmont students can enter the program as early as the fall semester, which starts next month.

“Our state needs two million people with postsecondary degrees or certificates by 2030, and that won’t happen unless colleges of all stripes work together,” said Dr. Rhett Brown, president of Wingate University. “That’s why we couldn’t be more pleased to have this opportunity to work with Central Piedmont to break down barriers — whether cost, transferability or time-to-degree — so students get the support they need to prepare for the careers they want. We look forward to opening the door for associate-degree holders to build on the success they’ve already achieved at Central Piedmont."

Since 2018, more than 80 Central Piedmont students have transferred to Wingate. One of those transfer students, psychology major and Charlotte native Lauren Tikalsky, addressed Wingate and Central Piedmont officials at the signing event to share her experiences at both institutions.

“Central Piedmont was my first choice. I wanted to be able to stay home and to work full time while still getting my education. They were able to give me the freedom and capability to keep working and the opportunity to start my education and also be able to stay with my family,” said Tikalsky, who has her sights set on becoming a clinical mental health counselor.

After earning her associate’s degree, she said the process of transferring to Wingate was easy.

“Valerie Graham (Director of Transfer and Specialized Admissions at Wingate) kept me up to date and was always emailing me to help me get my information in and to make sure the process was working for me,” Tikalsky said. 

She’s completed one semester at Wingate already and is eager to head back to class next month with the start of the fall semester.

“I’m looking forward to seeing more Central Piedmont students at Wingate,” she said. Drs. Brown and Deitemeyer shared the sentiment.

“We expect that number to grow significantly with the launch of the Gateway to Wingate program,” Dr. Deitemeyer said.

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July 19, 2022