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Gateway program eases transition from CPCC to Wingate University

Wingate President Rhett Brown and CPCC President Kandi Deitemeyer display T-shirts from each other's schools Tuesday.
Darnell L. Vennie
Central Piedmont Community College
Wingate President Rhett Brown and Central Piedmont President Kandi Deitemeyer display T-shirts from each other's schools Tuesday.

Wingate University and Central Piedmont Community College announced a new program Tuesday that makes it easier for students who start at Central Piedmont to earn a bachelor’s degree from Wingate.

Gateway to Wingate” guarantees admission to students who earn certain associate’s degrees and maintain a 2.5 grade point average. They’re also eligible for $2,500 Gateway Scholarships.

Central Piedmont students can enter the program as early as this fall. A separate agreement provides a path for CPCC students to enter Wingate’s doctorate of pharmacy program.

Wingate is a private university with campuses in Union County, Charlotte and Hendersonville. Central Piedmont, part of the North Carolina community college system, has eight campuses in Mecklenburg County.

“We are excited and honored to announce this public-private partnership, knowing it will be a great benefit to Central Piedmont students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree,” Central Piedmont President Kandi Deitemeyer said in a statement. “This transfer pathway is a wonderful example of higher education partners in the Charlotte region working together to broaden access to a bachelor’s degree and greater opportunities beyond.”

Wingate President Rhett Brown said that "our state needs two million people with postsecondary degrees or certificates by 2030, and that won’t happen unless colleges of all stripes work together.”

Ann Doss Helms has covered education in the Charlotte area for over 20 years, first at The Charlotte Observer and then at WFAE. Reach her at ahelms@wfae.org or 704-926-3859.