RCC, UNCP boost
Roger Brown, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, President Charles Chrestman
and Mark Kinlaw.
Officials for UNC
Pembroke and Robeson Community College signed a landmark agreement December
4 that will give a lift to birth-to-kindergarten (BK) education in the
agreement will allow students to earn a two-year associate degree in
Early Childhood at RCC, and, with two additional years at UNCP, they
may complete a bachelor's degree with teacher certification in BK.
and the legal community have focused on the early education of children
as a key to later success, UNCP and RCC educators said.
Allen C. Meadors and RCC President Charles Chrestman signed the pact
Thursday morning in the boardroom of Lumbee Hall on UNCP's campus.
is about students, and this represents a good opportunity for our students
to continue their higher education," Dr. Chrestman said. "This
is a very good day for us, and we are very, very pleased to enter into
this agreement. It is something we have wanted for a long time."
agreed, saying the early childhood agreement is the first of more pacts
"This is the
beginning of several programs of this nature," Chancellor Meadors
said. "In the world today, education is what it is all about, and
this is an important mechanism for students to start their education
at RCC and then be prepared to walk straight in our doors."
Dr. Warren Baker,
Dean of UNCP's School of Education, and Dr. Jane Huffman, Chair of the
Education Department, were also on hand for the signing ceremony.
will help meet the many, many needs for early childhood education in
the region," Dr. Baker said.
thing about this is, that for students, there will be no delay in the
progress of their four-year degree," Dr. Huffman said.
UNCP has approximately
200 students in its Birth-Kindergarten program, and RCC has 317 students
in its Early Childhood program said Dr. Mark Kinlaw, RCC's Vice-President
for Instruction and Support Services.
Dr. Kinlaw said,
"RCC is excited about this articulation between our Early Childhood
program and UNCP's BK program. At RCC, we believe that we must get involved
in helping to provide more students who pursue teaching as a profession."
this articulation will encourage students to earn their associate degree
and continue their studies at UNCP and eventually enter the teaching
field in birth-to-kindergarten," he said. "We believe this
agreement is good for both RCC and for UNCP. Most importantly, we believe
it will be good for our students."
The BK degree prepares
teacher education candidates to work with children birth-five years,
with and without disabilities, in a variety of settings including public
schools, More at Four programs, Head Start, public and private child-care
facilities and agencies serving children birth-to-five years of age,
and their families.
Dr. Karen Stanley,
Coordinator of the Birth-to-Kindergarten program at UNCP, said graduates
of BK programs are in demand.
"There is a
great demand for BK licensure now because of the increased emphasis
on early intervention and preparing young children for school at the
local, state and national level," Dr. Stanley said.
For more information,
contact Karen Stanley at 910.521.6528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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