RALEIGH, NC (October 10, 2022) – Wake Tech and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University today signed a Technology Education Partnership Agreement to support new degree completion and development opportunities career opportunities for students in information technology and biotechnology programs.
As part of the agreement, NC A&T will have access to classrooms and office space at the Lilly Science and Technology Center on Wake Tech’s RTP campus for the purpose of supporting enrollment and advising. An executive office includes two branded classrooms on the first floor where the NCAT will have scheduling priority and up to three faculty office spaces on the third floor. The Lilly Center is also home to the new Wake Early College of Information and Biotechnologies and the degrees addressed in the new partnership align with the program areas offered by the Early College.
“North Carolina A&T and Wake Technical Community Colleges are national leaders in technology education in our respective industries, and this new collaboration will enhance the impact of our two institutions,” said Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. “Combined with our partnership with Wake County Public Schools at our RTP campus, this new partnership creates an unparalleled technology education pipeline in the heart of one of America’s premier technology employment hubs.”
As October is recognized as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, A&T’s leadership in cybersecurity education and research through its Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education and Awareness and of its College of Engineering regularly earns national recognition, including national designation as a Department of Defense (DOD) National Security Agency Cybersecurity Center for Academic Excellence. Last spring, A&T was among six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) chosen for the inaugural cohort of IBM’s Virtual Cybersecurity Leadership Centers, which are designed to enhance learning, application and development opportunities. professional for students and teachers.
A&T’s College of Science and Technology (COST) – home to its departments of Applied Engineering Technology, Applied Science and Technology, Biology, Computer Graphics Technology, and Computing Systems Technology – boasts of a US News & World Report Top 20 national ranking for its online master’s degree program. COST also became home to a new America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) regional machine tool workforce training center in conjunction with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation this spring. ACE is a joint DOD and Department of Energy initiative aimed at restoring American leadership in the machine tool industry.
“North Carolina A&T’s commitment to creating innovative solutions that meet our world’s economic challenges and needs calls for creating pathways to bachelor’s and graduate degrees for traditional and post-traditional learners,” said said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “Our partnership with Wake Technology is critically important to achieving our mission as we work to improve the human condition and facilitate economic prosperity for the people of North Carolina. .
This new connection between Wake Tech – the state’s largest community college – and A&T – the nation’s largest HBCU – establishes a pool of resources and opportunities along North Carolina’s innovation corridor that benefits ultimately to students and the state’s economy, reaffirming North Carolina’s rating by CNBC and Business Facilities magazine as the best state in which to do business.
With recent collaboration between the two institutions on the articulations of cybersecurity, computer programming, and networking, A&T has become one of the top transfer destinations for Wake Tech IT graduates. More than 5,200 students are enrolled in Wake Tech IT degree programs.
In addition to the development and refinement of existing articulation agreements, the two institutions are committed to developing new articulation agreements in the fields of information technology, computer engineering, biotechnology and biological engineering.
They will also develop and expand co-admission programs to support Wake Tech students enrolled in articulate programs such as information technology, biotechnology, engineering associate degrees, science, and faculty preparation. of science and other STEM programs.
Additionally, Wake Tech and A&T will jointly develop Level I/Level II learning programs in software development/software engineering, biotech-biopharma/biological engineering, and other potential learning pathways such as cybersecurity and to analyse ; establish partnership and fundraising protocols to engage Wake County technology employers and share the collective workforce development benefits of the Wake Tech/NC A&T Technology Education partnership; and collaborate in the planning of potential shared cybersecurity and bioagriculture centers in a new technology facility on the RTP campus.
Wake Tech and A&T are among 37 members of the Higher Education and Opportunities Task Force that includes colleges and universities, McKinsey & Company and the Strada Education Network. The task force was launched in 2020 to address the challenges of the pandemic, support an inclusive economic recovery, and reimagine the future of higher education in a changing world of work.
A&T is Wake Tech’s second colocation partnership. East Carolina University offers its Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology at Southern Wake Campus. ECU will eventually co-locate at Wake Tech’s Eastern Wake 4.0 site when it opens in 2024.