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Wake Tech and Wesleyan Announce Collaboration

Wesleyan’s James A. Gray III, left, and Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott signed the new program agreement.

Rocky Mount, N.C.—A collaboration between Wake Technical Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College has created new options for Wake Tech graduates who want to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree from NC Wesleyan.

Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott and Wesleyan’s James A. Gray III signed the new program agreement just prior to Gray’s retirement in May as Wesleyan’s sixth president.

Starting in the fall, NC Wesleyan will offer courses toward Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Information Technology, Business Administration, and Organizational Administration on Wake Tech’s Main and Western Wake campuses. Wake Tech graduates may enroll in Wesleyan’s bachelor’s degree program if they hold the degree of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, or the Associate in Applied Science in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Technology, Computer Programming, Database Management, or Web Technologies.

The NC Wesleyan courses will be offered through the college’s Office of Adult and Professional Studies’ ASPIRE program. The program allows mature men and women to tailor course loads to meet personal, career, and life goals through accelerated evening and online classes and by attending class just one night a week if they choose.

Dr. Evan Duff, Wesleyan’s Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies, said, “Wake Tech is our newest partner in bringing higher education opportunities to the working adults of Central and Eastern North Carolina. More and more adults need and want a bachelor’s degree for career growth and career change. This is one more avenue for them to attain this on the same campus where they earned their associate’s degree.

“The Office of Adult and Professional Studies at NC Wesleyan recently attained an enrollment of 1,000 students across nine Eastern North Carolina locations, with Wake Tech being the 10th location where we will be offering baccalaureate courses,” Duff said.

Wesleyan’s Office of Adult and Professional Studies’ ASPIRE program offers baccalaureate degree options at sites in Goldsboro, Raleigh-Durham, Rocky Mount, and at Brunswick Community College in Brunswick County; Pitt Community College in Greenville; The College of the Albemarle in Manteo; Beaufort County Community College in Washington; Southeastern Community College in Whiteville; and Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.

NC Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Current enrollment is approximately 1,650 traditional and adult students. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in 27 majors and 20 minor degree programs and, including the home campus in Rocky Mount, supports 10 regional locations throughout Central and Eastern North Carolina.