New C3 partner schools in western North Carolina

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The Community College Collaboration (C3) program at NC State University is proud to welcome two new community college partners, the first from western North Carolina. On January 25, Gaston College and Catawba Valley Community College each signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the new partnerships and begin providing a clear pathway for students to transfer.

We are thrilled to welcome Gaston and Catawba Valley to the C3 program,” says Director Martha Harmening. “We have experienced tremendous growth since our original eight partner schools joined in 2018. We know there are outstanding students in this area who can benefit from the support of a program like C3, and we’re ready to smooth the transfer path to an NC State degree.”

Serving students from their campus in Dallas, NC and two satellite locations in Lincolnton and Belmont, NC, Gaston College enrolls students in 147 different programs of study. Students at Catawba Valley Community College can study at a number of locations across Catawba and Alexander counties. With a focus on lifelong education, these schools enable students to prepare for real world jobs in their communities.

Both schools maintain strong ties to North Carolina’s textile industry. This makes these community colleges a natural fit for a partnership with NC State, whose outstanding programs in the Wilson College of Textiles are unique in the nation.

Students from Gaston and Catawba Valley may begin applying to the C3 program in the fall of 2022, and the first participants will be admitted into C3 for the Fall 2023 term. Throughout the next year, the schools will work closely together to ensure students are aware of this unique opportunity and are prepared for success on the transfer pathway.

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