Wake Technical Community College’s business analytics and criminal justice graduates will now be able to more easily transfer to William Peace University to get a bachelor’s degree under a partnership announced Thursday.
Wake Tech currently offers the nation’s only associate’s degree in business analytics, while Peace will now offer a baccalaureate degree program in that field. Wake Tech’s business analytics program has grown from 13 students in 2013 to more than 500 students now.
Wake Tech’s criminal justice program has also grown, with a 28 percent increase in students during the spring semester, college officials said.
The transfer agreements between the two institutions of higher learning will go into effect in the fall. School officials say both fields offer good employment opportunities in the Triangle.
“These agreements are a win-win,” Wake Tech President Stephen C. Scott said in a written statement. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree, while providing local employers with the skilled workforce they need.”
Earlier this year, Wake Tech and William Peace announced a similar transfer agreement for Simulation and Game Development students.
Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Peace University would offer North Carolina’s first baccalaureate degree program in business analytics. At least one other school, University of Mount Olive, already offers such a degree.