Durham County

NCCU deal with Vance-Granville Community College to spark more joint degrees

N.C. Central University and Vance-Granville Community College are expanding their joint-degree offerings.

Officials say the two schools have signed an agreement that will allow students to begin study at Vance-Granville’s campus in Henderson, complete an associate’s degree and then pursue a NCCU bachelor’s in early childhood education or family and consumer services.

The signing builds on an existing joint degree program that gives Vance-Granville students a chance to get a N.C. Central bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

NCCU will provide the new degrees at Vance-Granville, giving students support services and access to resources like the Durham campus’ library. Vance-Granville will handle recruiting and provide the necessary classrooms and labs.

Central’s interimin chancellor, Johnson Akinleye, said he and other university leaders “look forward to seeing these students soar to graduation so they can begin to educate and inspire the newest generation of North Carolina citizens.”

A degree in early childhood education typically prepares its bearers for work in pre-school and kindergarten programs, presuming they pass their state licensing exam, NCCU officials said. One in family and consumer services can lead to work in counseling, social services and child-care agencies.

Monday’s announcement comes about five weeks after Akinleye and other officials signed an agreement that should lead to the creation of so-called “two plus two” joint degree programs with Alamance Community College. That move firmed up a neighboring-county degree network that also includes a link between NCCU and Wake Technical Community College.

The point is helping students “earn a bachelor’s degree here in our community,” said Stelfanie Williams, Vance-Granville’s president.

Ray Gronberg: 919-419-6648, @rcgronberg