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Halifax Community College (HCC) re-signed its partnership with the East Carolina University (ECU) College of Education (COE).

Partnership Teach, formerly known as Partnership East, is a collaborative effort of the ECU COE and two-year and community colleges throughout the state. 

The online degree completion model allows students to take courses at a North Carolina community college and then transfer to ECU to complete a teaching degree.

“This partnership is a vital part of the education of our area’s future teachers,” said Dr. Michael Elam, president of HCC. “We are delighted to once again partner with East Carolina University, and we are excited about the opportunities available to our students through the Partnership Teach program.”

The re-brand of the program was announced during a ECU COE event on the ECU campus. “The name Partnership East reflected the original footprint which was only in eastern N.C.  We continue to focus our efforts in the east, but over the years, we have expanded our online opportunities to all 100 counties,” said Kathy Bradley, Partnership Teach coordinator. “With this being the last year we receive funding from the SECU Foundation, it was a good time to embrace the name change to Partnership Teach which better reflects our mission of growing teachers through partnership.”

The Partnership Teach program allows HCC students to complete their associate degree on campus, then transition to the online program for completion of their four-year degree. 

By providing students with an online option through this partnership, ECU COE makes it possible for Halifax and Northampton County residents to complete the program without leaving the area.