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Community colleges, NC Wesleyan sign collaboration agreement

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ROCKY MOUNT — As local colleges are ramping up for a new academic year, they are also working to foster a culture of collaboration. On Thursday, the presidents of North Carolina Wesleyan College, Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College met to sign a statement of collaboration.

“It’s important that local higher education institutions work together. What better way to collaborate than to have a statement of collaboration that shows Wesleyan as well as Nash and Edgecombe community colleges are working together on joint program development and grant opportunities? Let’s show the community we are not competitors, we work as a team,” said Evan D. Duff, interim president of North Carolina Wesleyan College.

This agreement strengthens the need for collaborative discussions regarding trade-specific training and educational opportunities for the region. Each institution certifies that it will work in sync with its partners to contribute to industry demands. This alliance will lead to cross-professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, while also serving the needs of students, organizations and members of these communities.

“As we collaborate and look for partnerships we welcome these opportunities… together we can make this a better region,” added Nash Community College President Bill Carver.

“I believe the residents of the Twin Counties and surrounding areas deserve our best, and our best can only be realized through our collaboration and teamwork,” said Edgecombe Community College President Gregory K. McLeod. “For them and for us, we can’t afford not to work together.”