DURHAM — WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of national online nonprofit Western Governors University, has signed a partnership agreement with Durham Technical Community College that will ease the transition for graduates to pursue bachelor’s degrees offered by WGU. Additionally, Durham Tech graduates who transfer to WGU will receive a tuition discount of 5% for up to four academic terms.
As part of the partnership agreement, Durham Tech graduates and staff will also be eligible to apply for designated scholarships through the WGU Community College Partner Scholarship program, which provides each recipient with tuition credit of $2,000 (awarded over four terms at $500 per term).
WGU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the high-demand fields of business, information technology, K-12 education, and healthcare, including nursing. WGU’s competency-based learning model allows students to accelerate at their own pace. Asynchronous courses allow students to log in and study whenever their schedule permits. Tuition is around $3,250 per six-month term for most undergraduate degree programs.
“Durham Tech has a well-established and successful university transfer pipeline to our state’s four-year institutions, and we’re excited to add WGU to our list of university partners,” said Durham Tech President J.B. Buxton. “We are committed to making sure our graduates can transfer seamlessly to the next stop in their educational journey.”
“It’s wonderful that 89% of Durham Tech graduates stay in North Carolina and contribute to our economy,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “This new partnership will provide an option for those graduates who seek to further their education to do so through our accredited online degree programs, even if they are working full- or part-time.”
WGU North Carolina is celebrating its third anniversary, having officially launched in October 2017 through a partnership between the State and Western Governors University. More than 3,900 North Carolina residents are currently enrolled at WGU, and nearly 4,300 alumni live in the state.
About Durham Technical Community College
Durham Tech provides a high-quality, affordable and convenient technical and career education to more than 18,000 students who want to build lifelong skills, gain career experience, achieve certifications, or begin working toward a bachelor’s degree or university transfer experience. The school offers more than 100 credential programs under a structure that combines curriculum and continuing education programs to help students enter their career sooner and successfully complete their credential. In 2019 alone, the College expanded its program offerings to include cosmetology, culinary arts, and electrical line technician. For more information, visit www.durhamtech.edu.