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Transfer fair opens door to four-year colleges and universities

Students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities are invited to the annual Pulaski Technical College University-transfer Fair Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student center of the Administration building, 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock.

The university-transfer fair is designed for students who plan to attend four-year colleges and universities upon completion of an associate degree at
Pulaski Technical College.

Cindy Harkey, vice president for student services, said admissions representatives from four-year institutions will be on hand to recruit students and to provide information about admissions, programs and services.

"This gives our students an opportunity to interact with university representatives in familiar surroundings and helps ease their transition from the community college setting to the larger university environment," Harkey said.

"Many universities also offer scholarships and other incentives to transfer students, and we want our students to be fully aware of the options available to them upon graduation."

Harkey said approximately 65 percent of Pulaski Technical College's 8,277 students have enrolled in the college's Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs, which are specifically designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

"Because we specialize in the first two years of college-level study, as well as in developmental education, our intention is to give the universities the best-prepared junior-level students possible and, ultimately, to have a positive impact on their student retention and graduation rates."

Another goal of the university-transfer program at Pulaski Tech is to provide access to higher education for students who could not otherwise attend college or who want to stay close to home for the first two years.

"If you take a look at other metropolitan areas of our size with both two- and four-year colleges, you will see the tremendous impact the community/technical colleges have on the college-going rate and, ultimately, on economic development in the region," Harkey said.

"We have the potential to be the largest feeder institution for many of the four-year universities in the state and are very appreciative of their support and encouragement."

Pulaski Technical College
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Phone: (501) 812-2200

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