28 JCC Students Selected for ECU Pirate Promise

Published: January 24, 2019

Leeann Simons of Middlesex, left, and April Wagner of Clayton are two of the 28 future Pirates in the new dual admissions programs with JCC and ECU. They are pictured with Sydney Luyster, an ECU admissions counselor.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 East Carolina University’s Pirate Promise program.

Pirate Promise offers guaranteed admission after the completion of an associate degree for qualifying students. Pirate Promise is the starting point for full-time community college students to attend special events, get advising and have support as they transfer to ECU. The program does not guarantee admission to a specific major or program.

Jarod Benson of Clayton is one of the 28 students selected in the first Pirate Promise cohort.Current JCC students selected for the inaugural Pirate Promise dual-enrolled program are: Jordan Baker of Selma, Jennifer Beltran of Clayton, Jaron Benson of Clayton, Kaitlyn Bristol of Clayton, Amber Brown of Kenly, Emma Davis of Selma, Savannah Driver of Clayton, Devin Eltz of Four Oaks, Jamie Ennis of Dunn, Miranda Evans of Micro, Kathryn Gattis of Benson, April Godwin of Kenly, Tyler Hines of Garner, Frederica James of Clayton, Adonis Kinsey of Clayton, Rachel Lee of Smithfield, Elizabeth Letchworth of Wendell, Hailey Lewis of Clayton, Kayla Marshburn of Clayton, Shannon Parrish of Smithfield, Carolina Petersen of Clayton, Christopher Raynor of Smithfield, Katherine Reyes-Guevera of Selma, Leeann Simons of Middlesex, Sarah Staton of Kenly, Bryson Tharp of Clayton, Angel Wagner of Clayton and Peyton Wallace of Clayton.

Dawn Dixon, associate vice president of university studies and educational technologies, said ECU is a wonderful dual admission partner with JCC.

“I’m excited that ECU has created a program designed to open doors and remove barriers for qualified students to continue their undergraduate education,” Dixon said. “JCC has a growing reputation for producing high quality students who strive for future success at senior institutions. Opportunities like ECU’s Pirate Promise Program provides these deserving students with a structured transition to a baccalaureate degree.”

Jarod Benson is a 2007 graduate of Clayton High School. After spending five years in the U.S. Navy and then working odd jobs, he says the Pirate Promise program will give him the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education with a goal of becoming a teacher after he completes his associate in arts degree from JCC.

“When I was in high school, they didn’t have this program,” Benson said. “Back then you had to worry about being accepted or not, but with this program you don’t have to worry. Once you are dually-admitted, you are automatically accepted. It really takes a whole lot of stress out of the equation.”

JCC is one of 18 community college partners in Pirate Promise. Other community college partners include Beaufort County Community College, Carteret Community College,  Central Carolina Community College, College of the Albemarle, Craven Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Halifax Community College, Lenoir Community College, Martin Community College, Nash Community College, Pamlico Community College, Pitt Community College, Roanoke-Chowan Community College,  Sampson Community College, Wayne Community College, Wilson Community College,  and Wake Technical Community College.

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

Cut lines: Leeann Simons of Middlesex, left, and Angel Wagner of Clayton are two of the 28 future Pirates in the new dual admissions programs with JCC and ECU. They are pictured with Sydney Luyster, an ECU admissions counselor. Jarod Benson of Clayton is one of 28 students selected in the first Pirate Promise cohort.

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