UNC Asheville and A-B Tech sign Bulldog Trailblazer Promise to promote student success and access

UNC Asheville Interim Chancellor Joe Urgo and A-B Tech President Dennis King sign the Bulldog Trailblazer Promise. Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville Interim Chancellor Joe Urgo and A-B Tech President Dennis King sign the Bulldog Trailblazer Promise. Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville

Press release from UNC Asheville:

A-B Tech students will have new opportunities to attend UNC Asheville through the Bulldog Trailblazer Promise direct-entry admission program, which creates a pathway to UNC Asheville available to students upon graduation from A-B Tech.

“Our commitment to student success and access to education extends beyond our campus with this partnership with A-B Tech, helping create a clear path for students to attain their bachelor’s degree,” said UNC Asheville Interim Chancellor Joe Urgo. “Every year, many students attend UNC Asheville after earning their associates degree from A-B Tech. The Bulldog Trailblazer Promise program streamlines that process, and ensures that our region’s students have access and resources to continue their pursuit of higher education.”

Each year, more than 100 qualified students transfer to UNC Asheville from A-B Tech, and make up around 30 percent of UNC Asheville’s transfer students. The Bulldog Trailblazer Promise program will provide A-B Tech students with access to information about academic programs, faculty, and staff at the UNC Asheville campus who will facilitate their transition to UNC Asheville.  This program prioritizes the ability to get admission, financial aid, and registration services communicated early in the transition process, which sets A-B Tech students up for maximum success at both institutions.

“The new Bulldog Trailblazer Promise program enhances the ability of A-B Tech university transfer students to investigate and map out their future at UNC Asheville through in-depth information about academic programs, faculty, and staff at the UNC Asheville campus,” said A-B Tech President Dennis King. “The momentum achieved through these services will clearly mark the way for our students and ease their transition to the university setting.”

The two institutions also collaborate to provide the CORE (Connecting Opportunities for Regional Excellence) Scholarship Partnership, which provides qualified students with a full scholarship at A-B Tech for two years while earning an associate’s degree, and for two years at UNC Asheville, while completing a bachelor’s degree.

UNC Asheville is one of 17 constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina, a North Carolina constitutionally mandated, legislatively created agency of the State of North Carolina.  The University is the designated public liberal arts university in the UNC System and its practice of the liberal arts emphasizes the centrality of learning and discovery through exemplary teaching, innovative scholarship, creative expression, co-curricular activities, undergraduate research, engaged service, and practical experience.

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.

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