RCC, Gardner-Webb Leads Way For Students To Bond With Bulldog


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Dr William M. Downs, president of Gardner-Webb University, and Kevin Parsons, vice president of education at Richmond Community College, shake hands after signing the Bulldog Bound co-admission agreement. Back row from left are Dr Ben Leslie, provost and executive vice-president of Gardner Webb, and Brent Barbee, executive vice-president / CFO of RichmondCC.

HAMLET – Richmond Community College continues to expand its co-admission agreements with four-year colleges and universities. College leaders recently traveled to Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs to sign the Bulldog Bound program, a direct entry admissions program.

“Bulldog Bound is a co-admission program between Gardner-Webb and RCC that is for community college students who intend to transition to Gardner-Webb after earning an associate degree,” said the vice-president. education president Kevin Parsons. “We are delighted to have another co-admission program to offer our RCC students, especially one from a very reputable university such as Gardner-Webb.”

Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, Baptist university that offers undergraduate and graduate training with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, while providing students with the opportunity to prepare for a variety of professions.

“Gardner-Webb University is committed to making world-class education accessible and affordable for anyone who wants it, and so we are delighted to sign these agreements with our friends at Richmond Community College. Together we are working to create an easy path between RCC and GWU, ”said Dr William M. Downs, President of Gardner-Webb. “We are indeed grateful for this productive partnership which makes student success our top priority and non-negotiable.”

The following associate degrees offered at RCC are eligible for Bulldog Bound:

• Associate of the arts

• Scientific associate

• Associate of the arts in teacher preparation

• Associate in science in teacher preparation

• Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Arts

• Associate of applied science programs in accounting / business, criminal justice, human services and nursing

“We are delighted to add Gardner-Webb to our recently announced Growing Our Own Teacher program with Lees-McCrae College and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke,” said Parsons. “Bulldog Bound opens up another affordable avenue for our students to pursue a career as a teacher without having to leave the state for a quality education degree.”

The Growing Our Own Teacher initiative provides RCC students with a seamless transfer path to access a Bachelor of Education program.

To learn more about college transfer degrees and co-admission programs such as Bulldog Bound, contact Director of Career and Transfer Services Patsy Stanley at (910) 410-1830 or by email [email protected] Located on both the Hamlet and Scotland County campuses, the Career & Transfer Center is open to the public and can be used as a resource for professional and educational exploration.

Wylie Bell is Director of Marketing and Communications at Richmond Community College.


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