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LRU enters into articulation agreement with Asheville-Buncombe Tech
LRU enters into articulation agreement with Asheville-Buncombe Tech



Lenoir-Rhyne University and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) recently entered into an articulation agreement for Entrepreneurship Studies. Through this partnership, qualified A-B Tech graduates will be able to seamlessly matriculate into LRU's Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship Studies program.Students of A-B Tech who meet certain requirements will be given priority admission to the BA in in Entrepreneurship program, currently offered at LRU's main campus in Hickory. The University's future plans for the program include offering adult entrepreneurship as well as business administration studies at its campus in Asheville – the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.According to Wayne B. Powell, President of LRU, the agreement with A-B Tech is symbolic of the University's commitment to Western North Carolina. "This is a seminal moment for Lenoir-Rhyne," he said. "A formal partnership with A-B Tech will increase the capacity of both institutions to change lives for the better in the Asheville area. We are extremely proud of our growing relationship with the largest and most academically diverse community college in this part of the state."The BA in Entrepreneurship Studies program stresses entrepreneurship as a way to not only achieve personal success, but to positively impact society. The degree prepares students to launch new companies, enter the free market, build sustainable profits, and contribute to jobs creation. The program reinforces skill sets in marketing, accounting, sales, and leadership. The major is supported by the LRU Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship. The Center features an incubator which serves as a vast resource for the area's budding entrepreneurs, providing step by step instructions for the complete development of a product or service. From legal assistance and patents to mentorships and funding, the CCSE aims to support entrepreneurs in their establishment of innovative, profitable businesses.Michael Dempsey, Dean and Director of LRU's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, is hopeful that the agreement will provide the beginnings of a pathway for students who are interested in social entrepreneurship and the practice of addressing social issues, such as hunger, homelessness, and child abuse, through business strategies. "The Asheville area has one of the highest per-capita number of nonprofit organizations in the state, which is evidence of the commitment the leaders of this region have made to helping people in need," he said. Dempsey added that a program focused on social entrepreneurship would help students develop the skills that are necessary for starting and sustaining nonprofit and for-profit socially conscious enterprises.For more information about the articulation agreement with A-B Tech or other Asheville-based graduate degree programs of Lenoir-Rhyne University, visit www.asheville.lr.edu or call (828) 407-4270