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NCCU - Wake Tech Partnership Gives Criminal Justice Grads New Options

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Wake Technical Community College forged a new partnership today that gives Criminal Justice students an exciting new option. Wake Tech students completing an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Criminal Justice can now elect to continue their education at NCCU and earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Criminal Justice from the four-year university.

The new option is part of the "EAGLES" partnership agreement (Engagement, Achievement, and Graduation Leading to Educational Success) between the two institutions, designed to allow Wake Tech graduates to transfer seamlessly into bachelor’s degree programs. The EAGLES partnership agreement enhances the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) by creating new pathways for Associate in Applied Science degree graduates. Both schools share the "eagle" as their mascot.

"This partnership further strengthens our existing relationship with Wake Tech and we are pleased to be able to provide another option for students who want to continue their education at a four-year university," says NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms.

With the EAGLES partnership, Wake Tech students have the opportunity to identify with NCCU early on and begin planning a degree pathway. The partnership calls for NCCU to consider Wake Tech graduates for the full range of available baccalaureate programs, allowing them to maximize transfer credits. NCCU will also provide advising and financial aid counseling for students on site at Wake Tech.

The two institutions singled out Criminal Justice for a special agreement that allows 100 percent of the credit hours in Wake Tech’s Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program to transfer directly into NCCU’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Criminal Justice.

"Associate in Applied Science degrees like Criminal Justice used to be considered ‘terminal’, meaning a graduate would go straight to work after finishing the program," says Dr. Stephen C. Scott, Wake Tech President. "With this agreement, those A.A.S. graduates who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree now have that option."

Wake Tech and NCCU plan to use the Criminal Justice agreement as a model for other AAS programs under the EAGLES partnership. The partnership is the latest in a series of transfer agreements between Wake Tech and public and private universities.