Haywood Community College signs articulation agreement with Lees-McRae

Lees-McRae College has expanded its partnerships with North Carolina educational institutions to include Haywood Community College. The agreement establishes a Memorandum of Understanding between the two colleges, providing the opportunity for Haywood students to transfer to Lees-McRae and earn a bachelor’s degree. 

Lee King, president of Lees-McRae, and Shelley White, president of Haywood, signed the agreement in person on Monday, Nov. 9. The two schools soon begin working on specific academic program articulation agreements that will take advantage of both institutions’ strengths.

“HCC is excited to work with Lees-McRae to expand options for our students to pursue even higher educational goals,” said Shelley White, president of Haywood Community College. “Creating seamless pathways and partnerships helps our students navigate their transfer options and opens new doors for their future success.”

Haywood is the only educational institution in North Carolina to offer an associate degree in wildlife management, which pairs well with the Wildlife Biology major at Lees-McRae. The Wildlife Biology program at Lees-McRae offers courses in Zoology, Ecology, Field Biology, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Field Botany, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Fresh-Water Biology, Conservation Biology, and Animal Behavior. 

In addition to classroom instruction, students have the chance to get hands-on experience in the field by working with injured animals in the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, evaluating ecosystems on location, or engaging the community in environmental education sessions. By choosing to complete their education at Lees-McRae, Haywood students will expand their skills and gain additional experience to help them pursue a fulfilling career. 

The education programs at Lees-McRae, including the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education, will also benefit students who are interested in the Early Childhood Education program at Haywood. 

“Lees-McRae is very excited to partner with Haywood Community College,” said Kevin Phillips, vice president for enrollment management at Lees-McRae. “We want to increase the awareness of our outstanding academic programs to more students, and we look forward to showcasing the Lees-McRae experience to Haywood’s students. There are simply a lot of great possibilities that both schools can capitalize on, and the students are the ones who really benefit from this partnership. 

The new partnership also features increased academic scholarships for all Haywood students. The increased scholarships can be up to and including 60 percent off of tuition for Lees-McRae. In addition, Haywood students who enter into a Lees-McRae degree completion program online will receive a tuition discount of $30 per credit hour. Further discounts of up to $20 per credit hour are also available to law enforcement personnel, sworn police officers, registered nurses, healthcare personnel, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members.

To learn more about Lees-McRae and the partnership with Haywood Community College, please contact Transfer Admissions Counselor Savanna Buff at 828.898.8840 or buffs@lmc.edu.  

By Emily WebbNovember 09, 2020
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