By Brooklyn Brown
On Wednesday, June 21, Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and Joel D. Welch, president of Western Piedmont Community College, signed a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions that guarantees admission to WCU for all Western Piedmont graduates who satisfy certain requirements.
The MOU will offer a direct pathway for students at Western Piedmont to earn their four-year degree at WCU.
“Western Carolina University is proud to partner with Western Piedmont Community College in streamlining the pathway for transfer students to further their education,” Brown said. “As a community college graduate myself, I understand the unique challenges that students often face in their transition from community college to university and look forward to helping provide a pathway that is not only affordable but also leads to a high-quality, four-year education.”
Welch is excited to see the impact Western Piedmont students will leave at WCU.
“Western Piedmont Community College is excited about our new partnership with Western Carolina University and the opportunities that it will provide to our students,” he said. “Through our partnership, students will have a straightforward path to pursue their educational goals. I look forward to seeing our students achieve great things at WCU.”
Students who are interested in participating must satisfy the following conditions: