Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute President Dr. Mark Poarch, left, and Appalachian State University Chancellor Dr. Sheri Everts sign the Aspire Appalachian Co-Admission Program agreement on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on Appalachian’s campus in Boone. Photo by Marie Freeman

Leadership from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) and Appalachian State University announced a new co-admission agreement that will create a seamless pathway for students who want to start at CCC&TI and complete their degree at Appalachian.

The Aspire Appalachian Co-Admission Program will provide students who complete a two-year associate degree at CCC&TI with a 2.25 GPA or higher with guaranteed admission to Appalachian to finish their undergraduate degree. Joined by Appalachian State Chancellor Dr. Sheri Everts for the signing ceremony on Appalachian’s campus on Wednesday, Dec. 12, CCC&TI President Dr. Mark Poarch described the agreement as “monumental.”

“I want to thank Chancellor Everts, Provost Kruger and the entire leadership team at Appalachian State University for your vision, for your leadership and for your partnership,” Poarch said. “This is a monumental day for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. It’s great to be able to demonstrate the collaboration and strength we have in Western North Carolina.”

This past fall, 1,278 transfer students enrolled at Appalachian — seven out of 10 came from a community college.

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Originally published Dec. 14, 2018.

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