Colleges' Growth Positions Elizabeth City For Future

Area colleges add to city's growth and development.

On Monday, September 23, 2013 - 17:09
Elizabeth City

The three major colleges in Elizabeth City have good news, with a big emphasis on new.

New developments at College of The Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University and Mid-Atlantic Christian University have positioned Elizabeth City for the future. College of The Albemarle even has a new president – Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer -- who took office in April 2010.


No Jet Lag

College of The Albemarle has made even more recent news by expanding its aviation maintenance curriculum, which is especially important since Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County recently opened an aviation business park. The expanded curriculum includes avionics, sheet metal fabrication and composites courses, and will help lead students to eventual Federal Aviation Administration-certified careers.

“College of the Albemarle is also celebrating our 50th anniversary," says Lisa Johnson, director of marketing. "We were chartered in December 1960, and in September 2011 we will observe our 50th class of enrollment. Then in May 2012, we will commemorate our 50th graduating class."


Just What the Doctor Ordered

At Elizabeth City State University, part of its function is to serve as a branch campus for the University of North Carolina’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. A new $28 million, 52,500-square-foot Pharmacy Complex building opened on the Elizabeth City State University campus in 2010 to support the partnership program between ECSU and UNC.

“We offer 37 baccalaureate degrees and four master’s degrees, and ECSU is best known for our outstanding signature programs – pharmacy and aviation,” says Willie Gilchrist, Elizabeth City State University president.

In 2005, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy specifically launched the UNC/ECSU Pharmacy Partnership Program to increase the number of pharmacists practicing in North Carolina. There is a particular focus on reaching under served populations, especially those in the northeastern part of the state.

The pharmacy students at ECSU receive classroom instructions from faculty at the Chapel Hill site via interactive, real-time video-teleconferencing technology, as well as from faculty based at ECSU in the Pharmacy Complex.


Bachelor Life

At Mid-Atlantic Christian, the university has introduced two new degree programs for people who once attended college but never finished. Students can earn a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership with a minor in Biblical studies, or a bachelor of science degree in family studies with a minor in Biblical studies.

“These two degrees are ideal for someone who already has an associate’s degree,” says Kevin Larsen, vice president for academic affairs at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. “It doesn’t matter if a person earned their associate’s degree 20 or 30 years ago. They can simply enroll with us and be on their way to one of the two bachelor’s degrees.”


Military Friendly School

Larsen says a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership can lead to a career as a data coordinator, production supervisor, volunteer coordinator, or in quality control, human resources, management or sales. A degree in family studies can lead to a career in family resource management, family policy analysis, grant writing, adoption and foster care, gerontology, child care centers or vocational rehabilitation.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University is also considered a military-friendly school that offers scholarships for military students and veterans, and readmits veterans to their same academic status if they are called into active duty – as long as the leave of absence isn’t greater than 10 semesters.

“Mid-Atlantic Christian is all about preparing students for good careers after university life,” Larsen says.