Forsyth Tech UNCG Co-Admission Program

Joel Welch (from left), vice president of instructional services at Forsyth Technical Community College, Gary Green, president of Forsyth Tech, and Dana Dunn, provost of UNCG, sign a new co-admission agreement between Forsyth Tech and UNCG on Tuesday.

WINSTON-SALEM — UNCG has added Forsyth Technical Community College to its roster of admissions partners.

Forsyth Tech is the latest area community college to sign onto UNCG’s Spartan Passage. The two schools signed an agreement Tuesday at Forsyth Tech.

The Spartan Passage co-admission program lets students start higher education at a community college and finish a four-year degree at UNCG. Once admitted into the program, students are enrolled at both schools.

While they’re taking classes at a community college, Spartan Passage students can use UNCG facilities, such as the library and the student recreation center, and come to student-only events at the school. They also have access to UNCG’s financial aid and academic advising offices.

“They can begin to familiarize themselves with our campus, and it won’t be a distant and unfamiliar place when it’s time for transfer,” UNCG Provost Dana Dunn said Tuesday.

Forsyth Tech students who are attending school full time and pursing two-year degrees in either arts or sciences fields are eligible for Spartan Passage. Once students earn an associate’s degree, they can move to UNCG as juniors.

UNCG has been an attractive destination for Forsyth Tech students, and UNCG officials hope this program will increase those numbers. From 2014 to 2017, Forsyth Tech President Gary Green said, 180 students transferred from his school to UNCG. That’s more than transferred to Appalachian State (74) and Winston-Salem State (68) combined.

Over the past year, UNCG has signed similar Spartan Passage agreements with the community colleges in Alamance, Rockingham and Randolph counties.

UNCG has an arrangement with Guilford Technical Community College called G-Squared. It has similar student perks as Spartan Passage, but UNCG has agreed to accept GTCC students majoring in just four subjects: biology, business administration, drama and psychology.

The first students enrolled in all of these co-admission programs will start school in August.

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The Winston-Salem Journal ontributed to this report.

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