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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 8, 2007

Local angles: Raleigh, Durham, Alamance, Chapel Hill, Lansdowne, Va.

Wake Tech students to discuss college success, challenges with chancellor

Wednesday, May 9
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Student Services Building
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh

Media representatives are invited to join representatives from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Technical Community College as they discuss the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP). Officials joining UNC Chancellor James Moeser and Stephen Farmer, UNC’s director of undergraduate admissions, will be Wake Tech’s President Stephen Scott; Gayle Green, dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Tonya Forbes, interim dean of Math and Natural Sciences; and Laura Boyd, academic adviser and C-STEP coordinator.

Ten to 12 C-STEP students – including a half-dozen who have either applied and been admitted to Carolina for the fall semester or whose applications for a specialty program are pending – will also participate in the visit.

A meeting and discussion will be followed by a luncheon that will feature remarks by Chancellor Moeser and a program discussion featuring Moeser and C-STEP students.
Launched in 2006, C-STEP recruits talented, low- and moderate-income high school students to pursue bachelor’s degrees through three local community colleges – Durham Technical Community College in Durham, Alamance Community College in Graham and Wake Tech in Raleigh.

The program is the Triangle’s piece of a $27 million partnership of eight colleges and universities nationwide with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation of Lansdowne, Va. The initiative aims to enable more community college students to transfer to four-year institutions. During the 2006-07 academic year, C-STEP has served 77 students, seven of whom are expected to enroll at Carolina in the fall. Also this fall, another 75 students – including 35 expected to enroll at Carolina next fall – will participate in C-STEP at the three partner colleges.

The visit to Wake Tech is part of the Carolina Connects initiative, launched in the spring of 2004. Since that time, Moeser has visited each part of the state to highlight the many ways in which Carolina serves the state’s people and its communities.

News release announcing the C-STEP program: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar06/jackkentcooke030606.htm

Wake Tech contact: Laurie Clowers, (919) 866-5929 or lcclowers@waketech.edu
News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or lisa_katz@unc.edu