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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Students at Guilford Technical Community College will be able to apply for joint admission to the College of Engineering at N.C. A&T State University under a new agreement between the two schools, officials from both campuses made in a joint press conference on Tuesday at the Technical Education Center on GTCC’s Greensboro Campus.

The partnership is intended to improve access to undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, to provide coordinated services and activities in support of student retention and to increase graduation rates.

Under the new program, select students will be co-admitted to both GTCC and N.C. A&T simultaneously.The students will also receive coordinated federal and financial aid distribution, one application fee, special scholarships, access to co-curricular programs and coordinated degree completion.

Enrolled students will be able to apply credits towards bachelor’s degrees in civil or mechanical engineering at N.C. A&T’s College of Engineering, which will give students junior standing upon transition. More engineering classes will also be added to GTCC’s curriculum.

GTCC hopes to enroll up to 30 students in the joint program by the fall. Applications should be available by April.