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Dr. Jill Biden Visits UNCW Onslow Extension Program

In mid October 2009, UNCW 's Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Coastal Carolina Community College President, Dr. Ron Lingle, and Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a community college instructor, met at Coastal Carolina Community College for discussions centering on the unique and highly successful "2 plus 2" program between UNCW and CCCC. The partnership between CCCC and UNCW ensures classes taken at Coastal in the "2 plus 2" programs transfer to UNCW. Students matriculate to the UNCW Onslow Extension program to complete their baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education, Criminal Justice, Clinical Research, Business Administration, Social Work, or Nursing (RN-BSN). The convenience of attending classes either on the CCCC campus or aboard Camp Lejeune is invaluable. "This was a wonderful opportunity to highlight what we are doing to partner with community colleges and to serve military personnel here and in southeastern North Carolina," said Chancellor DePaolo.

During her visit, Dr. Biden spoke with three Onslow Extension Program students, Jennifer Manchester, Cinja Pettyjohn, and Nakai Shiver, as well as Dr. Brad Walker, Watson School of Education faculty chair. Recently on her blog, Dr. Biden stated, "I always say that I am inspired by my own community college students because they work so hard to get an education while dealing with many of life's other challenges, like working full time and raising families. These students were no exception, they truly inspired me. They were all veterans, active duty Marines, or military spouses – working and raising families, serving our country, and training to be teachers on top of it all. It was incredible to see firsthand how Coastal is ensuring our service members and their families have access to higher education." 

UNCW’s partnership with Coastal Carolina Community College began with the establishment of the UNCW Onslow Extension Program in 1995. This program was developed as a partnership between Coastal Carolina Community College, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, the Onslow County Public School system, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a result of the initiative promoted by NC State Rep. Robert Grady to help eliminate severe teacher shortage due to the transient population in Jacksonville. This initiative called for a program in which the curriculum was developed for individuals to take classes, earn a degree in education, and obtain a teaching position without leaving the City of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Consequently, the UNCW 2+2 Elementary Education program became the first degree to be established under this partnership. UNCW currently offers six undergraduate and five graduate degrees at the Jacksonville/Onslow County program site and/or online: 

 Undergraduate Degrees

·    B.S. Business Administration

·    B.S. Clinical Research (online)

·    B.A. Criminal Justice

·    B.A. Elementary Education

·    B.S. Nursing - RN to BSN (online)

·    B.S.W. Social Work

 Graduate Degrees

·    M.A. Liberal Studies

·    M.Ed. Elementary Education

·    M.S. Chemistry (online)

·    M.S. Instructional Technology (online)

·    Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management & Resolution

Licensure

Teacher Licensure

Classes are held on the Coastal Carolina Community College campus, the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, and online. In 2009, UNCW opened a National Testing Center at MCB Camp Lejeune to assist Marines and others prepare for higher education programs. Additional extension offerings by UNCW include undergraduate degree completion in elementary education at select off-campus sites (i.e., Brunswick Community College, James Sprunt Community College, Southeastern Community).