N.C. Wesleyan, Wake Tech forge partnership
From Contributed Reports
Thursday, June 13, 2019
N.C. Wesleyan College and Wake Technical Community College recently announced a new partnership allowing graduates of Wake Tech’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Health and Fitness to earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree from N.C. Wesleyan.
The comprehensive agreement includes all college transfer degrees as well as over 25 AAS programs.
“We are excited to enhance our long-term partnership with Wake Tech to expand the educational opportunities for their students,” said acting college President Evan Duff. “Our goal at Wesleyan is to align our mission and resources to meet the ever-changing needs of students in our communities. For Wake Tech students seeking a four-year degree, this program provides a clear path and seamless transition while maximizing each student’s financial investment in their education.”
Through this partnership, students complete exercise science coursework over the summer at Wake Tech’s Northern Campus or online and general education requirements during the fall and spring semesters at Wesleyan’s Durham campus or online. Wake Tech will provide two-three classrooms, along with access to its Exercise Science Laboratory at the Northern Campus, during summer terms.
“We are excited to expand our education partnership with N.C. Wesleyan through this agreement. This greatly impacts our student body by providing students the opportunity to continue their education without leaving their city. Agreements like this improve the health and wellness industry in the triangle.” said Chris Kacyon, department head of health and fitness science at Wake Technical Community College.
Wesleyan also offers Wake Tech students the ability to transfer their associate’s degree in Supply Chain Management or Healthcare Business Informatics to Wesleyan’s bachelor degree programs in Logistics and Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Healthcare respectively.
Wesleyan’s Exercise Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the largest external, programmatic accrediting body of the health sciences professions. The accredited program is one of three in the entire state and one of 64 in the United States to receive such recognition.
“There’s tremendous growth in the health sciences sector and exercise science is one of our most sought-after programs,” said Meir Magal, program coordinator and associate professor of exercise science. “Students have a wide array of career options in fields such as cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, corporate fitness/health, personal training in public and corporate settings, corporate wellness and strength and conditioning. Our program also prepares our students for acceptance into physical therapy, occupational therapy and other graduate programs.”