COA students pick up key info at College Transfer Day


Whitney Kornegay Smith (left), transfer admissions coordinator for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, talks with Taylor Needham, a practical nursing student at College of The Albemarle, during the College Transfer Day event at COA, Thursday. Needham was getting information about how she can apply her credits from COA toward a bachelor's degree at UNC-W.


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Friday, December 8, 2017

College of The Albemarle students and others interested in transferring to a four-year university or college in the coming year had a chance to meet representatives from 11 colleges Thursday at COA’s College Transfer Day event.

The COA event was the last stop on a statewide College Transfer Tour that started in mid-October and visited more than 50 community college campuses across the state.

Participating colleges at COA’s event included Elizabeth City State University, N.C. State University, Chowan University, Western Carolina University, Johnson & Wales University Charlotte campus, Fayetteville State University, Pfeiffer University, N.C. A&T State University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, East Carolina University, and N.C. Wesleyan College.

One of the students taking advantage of the opportunity to learn about the colleges and universities was Nicole Amato, who has been taking courses this semester at COA after previously studying at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She said she changed majors and decided to attend COA in order to save money and get more college credits.

Amato is now majoring in biology and would like to become a veterinarian. Her top three choices of colleges to transfer to are ECU, N.C. State and UNC-Wilmington. She spoke to representatives of those schools Thursday and learned more about the opportunities at those schools and what they require.

“It’s an easy way to get to it,” Amato said of the availability of information at the event. “It’s an easy access point. It’s nice to actually have people from the school to talk to in person and answer questions.”

Amato plans to take additional courses at COA in the spring before transferring to a four-year institution. She said she needs one more biology course to be able to enter a university program at the junior level.

One of the people Amato spoke with was Erica Hoyt from ECU. Hoyt explained that she comes to COA a couple of times a semester, and ECU gets a fair number of transfer students from COA.

“We would love to see more students come our way if they’re interested in pursuing a four-year degree,” Hoyt said. ‘We always enjoy coming this way and meeting COA students.”

Of course, students have an in-town option in ECSU, and Vicky Tillett, assistant director for transfer admissions at ECSU, said COA is the university’s largest feeder school.

Tillett said the College Transfer Day event is an opprtunity to be visible and meet students.