North Carolina Central University Enhances Partnership With Wake Tech

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, has enhanced its partnership with Wake Technical Community College. Under the new agreement, students who graduate from Wake Tech with an associate’s degree in hospitality and tourism administration will be able to transfer to North Carolina Central University to complete a bachelor’s degree in the field.

Wake Tech graduates will be able to apply up to 60 credit hours toward their bachelor’s degree. Officials at Wake Tech estimate that between 10 and 15 percent of its hospitality program graduates will take advantage of this new transfer program.

Wanda Lester, dean of the School of Business, stated that “North Carolina Central University is grateful to enhance our partnership with Wake Technical Community College to continue to offer top-notch educational and experiential opportunities that are truly reflective of industry’s evolving demands.”

Dr. Lester earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in economics from Florida A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in strategic management with a minor in management information systems from Florida State University.

Wake Technical Community College, based in Raleigh, enrolls nearly 22,000 students. African Americans make up 23 percent of the student body. Previously, North Carolina Central and Wake Tech arrived at a similar transfer agreement for students in the criminal justice field.


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