news-category: Academics Gardner-Webb and Richmond Community College Officials Expand Co-Admission Agreements By Office of University Communications On May 5, 2021 Gardner-Webb President Dr. William M. Downs, and Richmond Community College Vice President for Instruction Kevin Parsons sign the Bulldog Bound direct-entry admission program. Partnership Creates Seamless Pathway for Students Transferring to GWU BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University officials recently expanded co-admission agreements with Richmond Community College (RichmondCC). Leaders from the two institutions recently signed “Bulldog Bound,” a direct-entry admission program. “We are excited to have another co-admission program to offer our students at RichmondCC, especially one with a highly regarded university such as Gardner-Webb,” said RichmondCC Vice President for Instruction Kevin Parsons. Gardner-Webb President Dr. William M. Downs added, “Gardner-Webb University is committed to making a world-class education accessible and affordable to all who want it, and we are therefore so pleased to sign these agreements with our friends at Richmond Community College. Together, we are working to create an easy pathway from RichmondCC to GWU. We are indeed grateful for this productive partnership that puts student success as our top, non-negotiable priority.” Representatives of Gardner-Webb and Richmond Community College pose after signing the agreement. Seated are GWU President Dr. William Downs, left, and RichmondCC Vice President for Instruction, Kevin Parsons. Standing are, Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Ben Leslie, left, and RichmondCC Executive Vice President/CFO Brent Barbee. The following associate degrees offered at RichmondCC are eligible for Bulldog Bound: Associate of Arts.Associate of Science.Associate of Arts in Teacher Preparation.Associate of Science in Teacher Preparation.Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.Associate of Applied Science Programs (Accounting/Business, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Nursing). “We are pleased to add Gardner-Webb to our ‘Growing Our Own Teacher’ program,” Parsons said. “Bulldog Bound opens up another affordable avenue for our students to pursue a career as a school teacher without having to go out of state to get a quality degree in education.” The “Growing Our Own Teacher” initiative provides a seamless transfer pathway for RichmondCC students to enter a bachelor’s degree program for education. For more information about the “Bulldog Bound: Direct Entry Admission Program,” email [email protected]. About Richmond Community College: RichmondCC serves approximately 10,000 students, with about 30 percent enrolled in curriculum programs and nearly 70 percent in workforce training programs. RichmondCC offers more than 60 degrees, diplomas and certificates, along with college readiness courses, online classes and adult education services. About Gardner-Webb University: Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu. Gardner-Webb President Dr. William M. Downs, and Richmond Community College Vice President for Instruction Kevin Parsons sign the Bulldog Bound direct-entry admission program.