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Entrepreneurs transition from CVCC to LR – Local schools partner on student transfers

Tue Jun 17 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — When Dr. Ralph Griffith joined Lenoir-Rhyne University as the head of its newly-created entrepreneurship programs he had several goals in mind. Chief among them: Recruit top-quality students. With one of the nation’s top two-year entrepreneurship programs just across town, he didn’t have far to look.

In October Griffith approached Catawba Valley Community College with a proposal designed to benefit both schools. It’s an articulation agreement allowing every student who graduates from CVCC with an associate’s degree in entrepreneurialism to transfer every one of their courses to LR. There’s no transcript evaluation procedure, which can take weeks, where an official goes through the student’s transcript class-by-class deciding which courses transfer as electives and which ones transfer for course credit.

“If you transfer to a school without an articulation agreement in place, it can be very difficult to graduate in four years—for many people it can take five years to graduate,” Griffith said. “Our new agreement puts these students on an established track. Take these classes at CVCC; take these classes when you transfer to LR. It’s much easier and straightforward—there’s no guesswork involved.”

Lenoir-Rhyne’s articulation agreement applies to every student who has ever graduated from CVCC’s entrepreneurial program during its four-year history—not just recent grads or future grads.

“Their program is top-notch,” Griffith said. “They’ve got one of the country’s premier entrepreneurial programs at the community college level.”

The agreement became official at the signing ceremony held on June 16.

This is the second articulation agreement formed between LR and CVCC. The first one was the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses program. Better known as RIBN, the program allows students to take three years of classes at CVCC or other participating community colleges while paying that community college’s tuition rate. During that three-year course of study students take one class per semester at LR and pay the standard LR tuition rate. After three years in the program students take the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse.

Once students become nurses they’ll have the opportunity to start working in their field and earning an income while taking their fourth year of courses at Lenoir-Rhyne—at a reduced tuition rate.

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