UNC Asheville, A-B Tech renew partnership allowing eligible students to transfer with ease

Posted on the WLOS website on March 20, 2024

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — UNC Asheville and A-B Tech have renewed their partnership to help students make an easy transition from the community college to the university.

The Bulldog Trailblazer Promise agreement, which began in 2018, is a direct-entry program that provides guaranteed admission to UNC Asheville for qualified A-B Tech graduates.

A-B Tech is one of the largest feeder schools to UNCA, accounting for about 20% of its transfer program.

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About half of A-B Tech's students plan to attend a four-year university after graduating.

Renewing this agreement comes at a crucial time for UNC Asheville, which faces a $8 million budget deficit due to declining enrollment.

"We are hoping to continue to welcome a lot of transfer students to UNC Asheville," said Dr. Kimberly Van Noort, UNCA chancellor. "We're working hard with our community college partners to think about the transfer pathways -- the career pathways that our students are most interested in -- and working to make sure those degrees are available to them."

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"Fifty percent of our students are transfer students, so they want to go on to university, and many of them go to UNCA," said John Gossett, A-B Tech president. "We're happy today to solidify that transfer agreement."

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