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RCC Announces Spartan Passage

Jan 12, 2018


Partnership Expands Educational Opportunities for Rural Students

Rockingham Community College (RCC) today announced a new co-admission agreement with The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to facilitate degree completion and student success by improving access to undergraduate educational resources, university facilities and support systems.

The RCC-UNCG “Spartan Passage” partnership expands opportunities for transfer students, regardless of location, to access and complete their baccalaureate degrees in a selection of nearly 60 popular majors including Business Administration, Biology, Psychology, and Computer Science.

The first of its kind in Rockingham County, the UNCG-RCC partnership is significant for the mostly rural community, with an average population density of 250 people or less per square mile. Rockingham is not alone; approximately 2.2 million people – one in five North Carolinians – live in the state’s rural communities. Of the 100 counties in the state, 80 are considered rural.

“Our new partnership is designed to improve accessibility to resources and expand educational choices for RCC students,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “With a seamless transition to our campus, this collaboration with RCC will produce a greater number of qualified graduates in a shorter timeframe at a tremendous cost-savings.

“RCC is excited to partner more closely with UNCG. Traditionally, UNCG has been the primary university of choice for students who want to transfer and complete a four-year degree. Making this a more seamless transfer for our students will help to encourage more RCC students to look more closely at UNCG to further their education,” said Dr. Mark O. Kinlaw, RCC President. “The partnership also gives our students the opportunity to enjoy the smaller environment that RCC offers while easing our students into the larger environment of a major university.”

Application for the “Spartan Passage” program has been streamlined to benefit students with a waived application fee for UNCG; access to campus facilities, events, activities, and services, including the UNCG University Library (in-house and online); the new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Health and Wellness; academic advising, financial aid, among other benefits.

About The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Rockingham Community College

Rockingham Community College is located in Wentworth, North Carolina and was chartered in 1963 as a comprehensive, public community college with an open-door admissions policy. RCC participates in the comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the NC Community College System and the University of North Carolina System with regard to transfer of credits. The college offers over 50 degrees, diplomas, and certificates and employs 154 faculty and staff members. For additional information, please visit rockinghamcc.edu and follow RCC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or call 336-342-4261.


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