By Brooklyn Brown
Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont Community College, met Thursday, Feb. 2, to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions that guarantees admission to WCU for all Central Piedmont graduates who satisfy certain requirements.
The memorandum launches the Catamount Connection Program. The program’s purpose is to create a direct pathway for Central Piedmont graduates to acquire an affordable and accessible four-year degree from WCU. As Deitemeyer announced, “Central Piedmont is excited and proud to partner with Western Carolina University to provide our students a direct-entry admissions pathway to the university.”
Brown said she wants to ensure that students from Central Piedmont have immediate access to the affordability and quality of WCU. “It is so critical for students to see that if they want to go to a four-year college, but went to a two-year college, they have a pathway for that four-year institution,” Brown said. “Western Carolina University is an NC Promise school; the affordability is there and, of course, the quality is always there. There are great advantages for us to have this memorandum of understanding, given that we are a quality four-year institution.”
Deitemeyer is equally thrilled to provide WCU as an option for their graduates. "We know our students will be well-prepared here and well-cared for at WCU,” she said. “In Cullowhee, they will enjoy challenging classes, a beautiful campus and a learning environment that fosters exploration, innovation and excellence. This program represents a wonderful opportunity for Central Piedmont students."
Students who wish to participate in the Catamount Connection Program must satisfy the following conditions:
For more information about how to transfer to WCU, visit https://www.wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/transfer-students/index.aspx.
For more information about applying to Central Piedmont Community College, visit https://www.cpcc.edu/admissions/start-your-application.