Elizabeth City State University provost, Dr. Van Newkirk, standing, discusses some of the programs ECSU offers during a community college partnership meeting held on the campus of Roanoke-Chowan Community College in June.

As community college partnerships with Elizabeth City State University continue to grow, a recent meeting at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in June outlined expanded cooperation and new programs between the two institutions.

According to ECSU provost, Dr. Van Newkirk, a meeting last month to develop an “educational consortium” further explored how relationships with the region’s community colleges can give the students of Northeast North Carolina more options to attain higher education degrees.

“This would make it easier for students from any of the institutions to take (ECSU) classes at a member institution,” said Newkirk of the agreements between ECSU and area community colleges.

Newkirk announced that most recently, pending final approval, ECSU will offer its Elementary Education and Birth to Kindergarten programs on the Roanoke-Chowan campus. He said the university also agreed to explore the likelihood of offering its Elementary Education programs on the campuses of Martin Community College and Nash Community College.

The June meeting was an opportunity for ECSU to not only discuss these agreements with community colleges, but also showcase some of its courses and offerings such as the Mobile STEM Lab.

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Originally published July 13, 2018. Written by Robert Kelly-Goss.

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