DCCC Signs Agreement with North Carolina A&T

June 2, 2015 – Davidson County Community College was one of three community colleges formally entering into an agreement with North Carolina A&T State University on Monday to dually admit nursing students to earn bachelor’s degrees concurrently with their associate degrees in nursing. The ceremony, held on the N.C. A&T campus in Greensboro, also included representatives of Guilford Technical and Vance-Granville community colleges.

By signing the agreement, the community colleges and university formed the North Carolina Piedmont Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Collaborative. RIBN is an initiative of the Foundation for Nursing Excellence to improve health care by increasing the educational preparation and diversity of the nursing workforce.

“State and national reports indicate that the quality of nursing care increases greatly with the higher education of the nurse,” said Dr. Inez Tuck, dean of the School of Nursing at N.C. A&T. “We’re very pleased to join the RIBN coalition for North Carolina by signing this agreement today. This gives individuals interested in nursing the opportunity to earn two degrees in four years.”

Dually enrolled nursing students will take prerequisite general education and Associate Degree Nursing courses at one of the three community colleges while satisfying course requirements toward the BSN at N.C. A&T. The first students will enter the program in August 2016.

The co-admission agreement is intended to:

  • Improve student access to undergraduate education
  • Increase the efficiency of joint efforts in support of shared students
  • Improve the success of transfer rates through associate degree and baccalaureate degree completion

“We know that the health care system is truly changing and the need for professional nurses in the future who also have additional education is extremely important,” said Dr. Mary E. Rittling, DCCC president. “Working with these partners helps us increase the pipeline for our registered nurses to have that opportunity.”

In addition to Rittling, DCCC was represented by Jeannine Woody, vice president, Academic Programs and Services; Kim Benson, director of the nursing program; Rose McDaniel, dean; and Holly Weir, associate dean, School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety. Benson served as DCCC’s liaison for the collaborative planning.

*Editor’s note: Jeannine Woody (second from right), DCCC’s vice president for Academic Programs and Services, signs the North Carolina Piedmont RIBN agreement as Kim Benson (right), director of nursing programs, and Dr. Mary Rittling, president, look on.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.