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Pictured are, from left, HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., ECCC President Dr. Charles McCollum, and Vice President of Instructional Services Dr. Joy Cooley.

Halifax Community College (HCC) has formed a new partnership with Eastern Carolina Christian College (ECCC). A formal agreement was approved by the HCC Board of Trustees on June 26.

As part of the agreement, HCC will provide 44 hours of general education courses to ECCC students. Courses will include English, math, history, sociology, biology, physical science, psychology, communications, physical education, and humanities. All courses are college transfer classes and are approved by the University of North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. All faculty members who teach the courses hold a master's degree in field or a master's degree with 18 hours in field.

ECCC students will have full access to HCC's library and all resources available to HCC students while enrolled in courses. Students must meet course pre-requisite and placement requirements.

"We look forward to our collaboration and anticipate a productive and positive experience for the students and the colleges," said HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. "We're glad they came to us. It gives us an opportunity to have more students on campus."

Located in Roanoke Rapids, ECCC is seeking accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, so the partnership will assist in the process. "With this partnership, we won't have to reinvent the wheel," said ECCC President, Dr. Charles McCollum. "We want people to know that they have an official college in town that will have the same accreditation as any other college."