Montreat and CVCC Sign Transfer Partnership

Montreat College Signs Transfer Partnership for CVCC Advertising and Graphic Design program.


CVCC President Garrett Hinshaw and Montreat College President Paul Maurer shake hands after signing the new transfer agreement.

HICKORY, N.C.—Representatives of Montreat College and Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) gathered at the CVCC Student Center to sign an official transfer agreement on the afternoon of Thursday, February 1st.

Under this agreement, CVCC students who graduate from the college with an associate in applied science in Advertising and Graphic Design (AGD) are now granted a direct transfer pathway into Montreat College’s Visual Communication and Experience Design (VisComm) bachelor’s degree program. 

The AGD department and the VisComm department were thrilled to bring this opportunity to our graduates, who can now enter the VisComm program at junior status. 

“This agreement exemplifies our commitment to providing our students with enhanced avenues for academic growth,” said Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College. “By connecting our associate's degree program with Montreat College, we empower our students to further pursue their passion at another exceptional institution within our state.” 

“We are excited to welcome Catawba Valley Community College graduates into our innovative Visual Communication and Experience Design program,” said Dr. Paul J. Maurer, President of Montreat College. “This partnership reflects our dedication to fostering educational relationships with community colleges throughout North Carolina and creating a clearer path for aspiring designers to advance their skills and prepare for a successful career with a liberal arts education.”

For more information about the Advertising and Graphic Design (AGD) program at Catawba Valley Community College, please contact Hope Carroll, Program Director, at To learn how you can SOAR at CVCC, please visit

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