13 JCC Students Selected For NC State C3 Program

Program offers guaranteed pathway for completion of bachelor’s degree

Johnston Community College is pleased to announce its first cohort of dual-enrolled students selected in NC State University’s Community College Collaboration (C3) program.

C3 is intended for community college students from low-to-moderate income backgrounds with demonstrated potential for academic success who aspire to transfer to NC State after completing their associate degree. C3 provides academic and program support for students during their time in community college and prepares them for a successful transition to NC State and timely completion of a bachelor’s degree.

C3 students have up to three years to complete their associate of arts, associate of science or associate of engineering degree at JCC. After completion of the degree and maintenance of a 3.0 or better GPA, C3 participants are guaranteed admission to NC State. Entry into specific majors may be more competitive.

Dawn Dixon, dean of university studies and educational technologies at JCC, said JCC is excited to build and strengthen its partnership with NC State through the C3 program.

“The C3 dual admission program complements our Career and College Promise (CCP) program,” Dixon said. “Almost 50 percent of the students selected by NC State had CCP credit. Several of the students received our new Stay the Course Scholarship which results in an affordable pathway to a bachelor’s degree.”

Pictured from left with JCC’s Jagger are C3 students Haley Evans of Selma; April Godwin of Kenly; Jessica Creech of Clayton; Adonis Kinsey of Clayton; Angelina Greco of Smithfield; Travis Martin of Clayton; Mary Lee Howell of Smithfield; Ahmad Musleh of Dunn; LeAnn Biscoglio; and Osmar Sanchez of Wilson; Dawn Dixon, dean of university studies and educational technologies at JCC; Sirus Forghani, academic advising and transfer specialist; and Martha Harmening, C3 program director.

“JCC is a nationally recognized community college for its organizational philosophy for student success. Our students continue to show above average performance as transfer students at senior institutions and outnumber other community college participants in total number of Goodnight Scholars selected to NC State. As an institution, we will continue to work diligently to ensure our students are ready for this new opportunity and for any and all opportunities that become available to them,” she added.

Current JCC students selected for the inaugural C3 dual-enrolled program are: LeAnn Biscoglio of Clayton; Katelyn Brewer of Wendell; Jessica Creech of Clayton; Haley Evans of Selma; April Godwin of Kenly; Angelina Greco of Smithfield; Mary Lee Howell of Smithfield; Adonis Kinsey of Clayton; Kobie Langston of Dunn; Travis Martin of Clayton; Ahmad Musleh of Dunn; Tracey Powe of Knightdale; and Osmar Sanchez of Wilson.

Mary Lee Howell, an associate in arts major at JCC, is ecstatic about her selection to C3. A Princeton High graduate, Howell plans to study communications media at NC State with hopes of becoming a news reporter.

“Being selected to the first group of C3 students from Johnston Community College meant the world to me,” Howell said. “I honestly cried when I opened that letter because this is a dream.”

Howell said attending JCC first after high school is preparing her to be a better student once she transfers. “It definitely saves a lot of money, and it gets you accustomed to the college feel and what they expect of you when you are at the university level,” she said.

Martha Harmening, C3 program director, said she looked forward to watching the C3 program grow and develop at JCC.

“It is refreshing to work alongside community college partners who are so passionate about what they do and the students they serve,” Harmening said. “Thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication to C3 and the JCC students who we will serve together.  I think JCC will really become a model for C3 success.”

JCC is one of eight community college partners in C3. Other community college partners include Alamance Community College, Central Carolina Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Nash Community College, Vance-Granville Community College, Wake Technical Community College, and Wilson Community College.

Visit www.johnstoncc.edu/dap for more information about dual admission at JCC and upcoming information sessions.