Pfeiffer University and Stanly Community College strengthen local higher education choices

Dr. John Enamait and Dr. Colleen Keith

Pfeiffer University and Stanly Community College (SCC) are expanding an existing partnership through Pfeiffer’s Partnership Program to further deepen Stanly County’s higher education options at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Already in place is a $15,000 merit scholarship for students who transfer to Pfeiffer after completing associate degrees at SCC. Starting in January 2017, these students will receive an additional scholarship of $2,000 annually when they enroll full-time in seated classes on Pfeiffer’s Miseneheimer campus. This applies to full-time commuter students as well as those who live in a residence hall.

At the same time, SCC graduates who choose to complete bachelor’s degrees online at Pfeiffer will receive a 20 percent tuition discount. That discount applies also to SCC faculty and staff seeking to earn master’s degrees, which also are available online. Moreover, all Stanly Community College students are eligible to receive a Pfeiffer University ID, granting them access to university resources such as the G.A. Pfeiffer Library and admission to university events and Falcons athletics.

“Pfeiffer University and Stanly Community College are equally committed to offering a clear and affordable post-secondary pathway in Stanly County,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, president, Pfeiffer University. “With bachelor’s degrees becoming increasingly essential for career sustainability, Stanly County residents have an excellent opportunity for preparing to meet the demands of the economy.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 15.6 percent of Stanly County’s residents hold bachelor’s degrees or higher. By 2018, an estimated 60 percent of available jobs nationwide will require at least a bachelor’s degree.

“Higher education is necessary for individuals and communities to succeed in a global environment,” said Dr. John Enamait, president, Stanly Community College. “Now more than ever, people in Stanly County will be able to able to map a course that leads to meaningful and long-lasting careers.”