SCC college transfer students succeed at Western Carolina

Staff Report

DOBSON — Ten Surry Community College transfer students recently graduated from Western Carolina University (WCU).

Druid Atwell of Pilot Mountain, Greysen Brendle of Boonville, Amanda Gatewood of Walkertown, Katie Harris of Mount Airy, Christina Lashmit of Mocksville, Katelyn Overby of Pinnacle, Jordan Schwartz of Mount Airy, and Charles Tabor of East Bend all received a bachelor’s degree. Charlee Bowman of Mount Airy received a master’s degree and Gary Hamm of Galax, Virginia, received a doctorate degree.

The College Transfer program at Surry gives students a head start on a bachelor’s degree before attending a four-year college or university. Students benefit by being able to explore different fields of study at a lower tuition cost than that of a four-year college, while also preparing themselves academically for the rigorous university workload.

The revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) makes courses easily transfer from a North Carolina community college to a state university, in this case, Western Carolina. Research shows that students who transfer from a community college outperform students who go straight to a four-year school. Surry is evaluated on how well transfer students do after the transition to a university, and historically SCC has outperformed other community colleges in the state.

College Transfer students have the option to choose an Associate in Science, Associate in Arts or an Associate in Fine Arts. All these programs are offered at the Dobson campus, and starting in Fall 2016, the Associate in Arts degree will be offered at The Yadkin Center in Yadkinville. The Associate in Arts degree is also offered online. For more information on the College Transfer program, visit or contact Dean of Arts and Sciences Connie Wolfe at 336-386-3220 or

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