Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has signed an agreement with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown, North Carolina, that will allow GTCC graduates to complete an online bachelor’s degree through Fayetteville State University for no more than $10,000. The community college enrolls just over 10,000 students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 37 percent of the student body.
The new initiative, called the $10k Pathway Plan will allow community college students to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, fire and emergency services administration, business administration, psychology or sociology. While the program is entirely online, the university will provide regular face-to-face meetings with faculty when program participants request them.
Both institutions are members of the Bill and Melinda Gates Frontier Set, which aims to enhance student access and success in education and to eliminate racial disparities in college attainments. “We are committed to our students’ success and actively seek innovative learning opportunities to help them achieve their educational goals,” said Guilford Technical Community College President Randy Parker. “The $10K Pathway Plan provides GTCC students with another resource to further their education.”
Fayetteville State University has already signed similar agreements with Fayetteville Technical Community College, Richmond Community College, and Davidson County Community College.