Wayne Community College is signing up its first group of students who will earn an associate degree in one year.
The new “Five after Five” program allows students to earn an associate in arts degree by taking prescribed courses in each of five eight-week mini-semesters (three full semesters). The degree will provide college credits that can be transferred to any four-year university in the University of North Carolina System under the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.
The “after five” portion of the title refers to the fact that the program’s seated classes will be held after 5 p.m. on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The rest of the courses are taught online.
Organizers note that “students must be 100 percent dedicated to the rigor of the program.” They must meet certain qualifications to enter the program and are required to maintain a minimal grade point average and other standards to remain in the program.
The accelerated program will begin this fall with 24 students.
More about the program and the application packet can be found at www.waynecc.edu/programs/five-after-five/.
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves 12,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 70 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.