A-B Tech Signs 2+2 Agreement with Appalachian State for Fermentation Sciences

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A-B Tech Community College and Appalachian State University signed a 2+2 agreement for associate of science degree graduates to transfer seamlessly to Appalachian for fermentation sciences.

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“I see this as a great prototype for the kind of agreements we need in place to develop workforce needs and to assure timely graduation for transfer students.” - Mike Mayfield, Appalachian State University’s Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

A-B Tech Community College and Appalachian State University have signed a 2+2 agreement for associate of science degree graduates to transfer to Appalachian for fermentation sciences.

Officials believe the agreement marks the first time any U.S. community college and four-year university have partnered to offer a fermentation sciences degree. This is also Appalachian’s first 2+2 agreement with a North Carolina community college.

Under the agreement, A-B Tech students who successfully earn an associate of science degree will be able to transfer to Appalachian to finish the last two years of their bachelor’s degree in fermentation sciences. The University will guarantee space availability for six A-B Tech students prior to fall enrollment.

“Our students will take courses that not only satisfy the requirements for an associate of science degree, but will also fit the criteria Appalachian State wants to give students the appropriate background needed for their program,” said Dr. Jon Wiener, Associate Dean of Math and Science at A-B Tech.

“I see this as a great prototype for the kind of agreements we need in place to develop workforce needs and to assure timely graduation for transfer students,” said Mike Mayfield, Appalachian’s Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

The bachelor of science degree program in fermentation sciences was developed at Appalachian and was approved by the UNC General Administration in June 2012.

The signing of the agreement follows the Nov. 28 announcement of A-B Tech’s new Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast, which will offer a two-year degree in fall 2013 in addition to continuing education and workforce development in the beverage industry. Hands-on training will be provided in a fermentation facility designed specifically for brewing, winemaking and distillation at the College’s Enka site. Together, the 2+2 agreement and the Institute will help meet the training needs of the region’s rapidly-growing beverage industry.

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas or certificates in more 50 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 specific job training and retraining and personal enrichment classes.

A-B Tech enrolls nearly 27,000 curriculum and continuing education students, and an estimated one in four Buncombe and Madison residents has attended a class at the College.

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