North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). The program will funnel successful students from STEM programs at the community college to bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University.
The community college enrolls about 15,000 students in degree programs. The latest Department of Education data shows that Blacks make up 46 percent of the student body at GTCC.
Under the agreement, students can apply for dual admission to both institutions. After completing two years of study in engineering at the community college, students will transfer their credits to North Carolina A&T’s degree programs in civil or mechanical engineering. Guilford Technical Community College will add five new courses in engineering to its curriculum to allow its students to qualify for upper-level courses once they transfer to NCA&T as juniors.
Beth Pitonzo, vice president of instruction at GTCC, stated, “The United States is not producing enough engineers to meet the current demand, so anything we can do to increase the pipeline is important.”