Martinsville Bulletin: New partnership between colleges will help local students

May 5, 2017

ARTINSVILLE–A new partnership between three local schools will make it easier for residents to take the college classes needed to advance their career in several technical fields. Friday morning, the presidents of the New College Institute, Patrick Henry Community College and Danville’s private Averett University signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow PHCC’s applied science degree recipients to seamlessly transfer into Averett’s bachelor of applied science in leadership studies program.

The program is targeted to current and former PHCC students with associate degrees in general engineering technology, industrial electronics technology, various types of business technologies, administration of justice, legal assisting, education assisting, emergency medical services, health technology geared toward nursing and information systems technology.

PHCC President Angeline Godwin said she often has heard area executives say they had to hire managers and supervisors from elsewhere to fill jobs at their businesses because they could not find anyone local with the necessary qualifications and skills.

Courses provided through Averett’s degree program will help area residents develop skills, such as critical thinking abilities, needed to be promoted into supervisory and management jobs, Godwin said.

Averett President Tiffany Franks said the “three sister institutions” are working together toward the same goal – “meeting the (economic) needs of the region by growing and developing the talents we have here” in Southern Virginia.

With this partnership, Franks said that students will be “poised to be promoted and move into positions of management and leadership within their workplaces.”

Until now, courses that were part of associate in science programs “generally have not transferred” to four-year degree programs, said NCI Executive Director Leanna Blevins.

“That can be very frustrating for students,” Blevins said, as they try to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Averett’s degree is offered through the university’s Graduate and Professional Studies program.

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