A new collaboration with Gaston College and new hybrid courses allow mature students to attend classes just one day a week and graduate with a business major through Belmont Abbey College’s Loughridge Center for Continuing and Professional Studies.

Students begin their new academic career at Gaston College and achieve an associate’s degree with a focus on business through a variety of flexible options. After finishing at Gaston College, students will transfer to Belmont Abbey and continue their work towards a bachelor’s. Their courses will be organized into 8-week sessions in the fall, spring, and summer. Taking two or three courses each session students will graduate after two years. Each session they will have options to take classes in-person, online, or a hybrid of the two. While the Loughridge Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS) has a variety of majors available, only the Business Management major currently offers the one-night a week schedule. While the hybrid program is tailored to Gaston College Graduates, the option is available to anyone who meets admissions criteria.

Mr. Michael Utsman, Director of Non-Traditional Programs at the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, said “This program offers an exciting opportunity for continuing education students to maintain work and family commitments while earning their degree just one night a week. The delivery will be unique because we are combining the campus and online experience to bring greater flexibility to our students.” Mr. Nick Edwards, the Dean of Business and Information Technology for Gaston College, expressed “We are very pleased to partner with Belmont Abbey College to offer Gaston College business graduates an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students can start at Gaston College and finish their 4-year degree without leaving Gaston County.”

The Center for Continuing & Professional Studies is dedicated to bringing the liberal arts tradition of Belmont Abbey College to adult learners in Gaston County in a flexible, affordable way. It welcomes people of all faiths and diverse backgrounds, and focuses on the needs of mature students (23 years of age and older) by giving them the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree. Through participation in challenging courses adult learners can meet their educational and career goals in a timely fashion. Students are eligible for scholarships and financial aid to ensure that the program is affordable. College staff advise the financial aid process with 95% of CCPS students receiving aid. The CCPS offers all the tools its students need to complete their degree, including personalized consultations and free tutoring.