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Winston-Salem State Joins University Center to Offer Nursing Degree

ASHEBORO (July 2, 2012)

University Center of Randolph County, Winston-Salem State University signing ceremony

Dr. Brenda Allen (left), provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs with Winston-Salem State University, and Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president, sign an agreement establishing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University Center of Randolph County. Classes will begin this fall.


The University Center of Randolph County has added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Winston-Salem State University. A signing ceremony to formally welcome Winston-Salem State as a new partner was held Monday morning at Randolph Community College, with the agreement being signed by Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president, and Dr. Brenda Allen, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for Winston-Salem State.
           
“We are very excited about this opportunity to welcome Winston-Salem State University to the University Center of Randolph County,” said Shackleford. “Now our Associate Degree Nursing graduates can get a bachelor’s degree right here on our campus.”
           
“We are happy to add you to our (program),” said Allen. “You have some great students here and we’re happy to move them to the next level.”
           
Allen was joined at the ceremony by Dr. Peggy Valentine, dean of the School of Heath Sciences at WSSU. Valentine noted that WSSU has 16 satellite sites around the state with over 400 nursing students and over 70 adjunct instructors. “This will certainly add another 50 students or more from this region,” she said. She said that students who already have an associate degree can earn a bachelor’s degree from WSSU in 13 months. “It is a very fast-paced program,” she said. The first students will start in the program this fall; the classes will be located on RCC’s Asheboro Campus with instructors employed by WSSU.
           
Cieanna Hairston, RCC’s division chair for Health & Public Service, estimated that 98% of RCC’s recent ADN graduates are already looking into enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program.
           
Also attending the ceremony were Mac Sherrill, chair of the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees; Donald Andrews, superintendent of Randolph County Schools; and several RCC staff and faculty members.
           
The University Center of Randolph County was established in 2008 as a collaborative effort between Randolph Community College and area four-year colleges and universities. Courses are offered in particular disciplines, creating opportunities for students to complete a baccalaureate degree without leaving Randolph County. The University Center currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through Salem College; a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education through Pfeiffer University.   
           
For more information on the new program with WSSU, contact RCC at 336-633-0315.