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About WGU North Carolina

WGU North Carolina was established in 2017 as a partnership between Western Governors University and the state of North Carolina with a unique mission to help individuals in North Carolina obtain a quality education. When WGU was established in 1997, the founding governors realized that technology, the internet, and a new model of competency-based education could transform higher education by creating new opportunities for working adults.

The mission of WGU North Carolina is to expand access to affordable higher education for North Carolina residents through online, competency-based programs that address key workforce needs. Western Governors University is available to learners across the country, and coursework is offered online so students do not have to go to a campus location. Students in North Carolina can recieve unique scholarship, financial aid, and other opportunities at WGU as a result of the partnership between WGU and the state of North Carolina.

WGU North Carolina—Celebrating 5 Years of Making a Difference

Discover how WGU North Carolina has been able to make a difference for students across the state in the 5 years since it was started.


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We're an online university dedicated to making higher education accessible for as many people as possible. Everything we do at Western Governors University is aimed at increasing accessibility and opportunity for each student, regardless of their background, motivations, or life situation. That focus helps produce success for our over 250,000 graduates. Our curriculum focused on today's workforce needs is why WGU grads have a 98% employer satisfaction rate, and why our students see an average salary increase of over $18,000 just two years after graduating.* 

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What Our Alumni Are Saying

People love their WGU experience. See why it means so much to them and what makes us different.

"Getting a degree from WGU opened many doors professionally for me. I was able to obtain a position as an Assistant Director in a hospital setting, something I would have never been able to do had I not furthered my education. The courses within the Healthcare Management Bachelor's program I enrolled in furthered my education in finance, accounting, and economics so that I have a better understanding of performing tasks related to these subjects in my daily work life."

— Stacy Lewis
B.S. Healthcare Management and M.S. Management and Leadership
WGU North Carolina

"I lead a commmunity COVID-19 awareness team as well as educate and build best practice workflows for providers and nurses in my hospital's outpatient clinical electronic health records. Obtaining my BSN helped me tremendously with my leadership and research skills. Evidence Based Practice is embedded in my brain now, I am aware of the research data I use and that is available for use when needing to evaluate new practices."

— Latoya Alford
B.S. Nursing, WGU North Carolina

"There were many obstacles. I took things day by day and I allowed myself to breathe. I relied on family and friends for strength. My mentor during this whole process was amazing. She checked in on me faithfully and she motivated me in the times when I felt like quitting."

—Catherine Dockery
B.S. Health Information Management, WGU North Carolina

"I wanted to advance my career and get into the project management field. My degree has provided me with the knowledge and understanding of project management and a higher level of knowledge pertaining to information technology."

— Evric Henley
M.S. IT Management, WGU North Carolina

Dr. Ben Coulter, Chancellor WGU North Carolina

Benjamin M. Coulter, Ed.D. is the Chancellor of WGU North Carolina, a state affiliate of Western Governors University.

Over the past 25 + years, Dr. Coulter has worked in a variety of positions in and surrounding higher education. Preceding his current position at WGU, he was Vice President of Global Initiatives at a privately held LLC in the United Kingdom and Executive Director of Higher Education Initiatives at Watermark Insights, LLC.

Prior to his work at Watermark, Dr. Coulter was at Western Carolina University (North Carolina) where he served dual roles as Director of Instructional Technology and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations.

Dr. Coulter earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science/International Law from Idaho State University, his master’s degree in Organizational Development from Western Carolina University, and his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from NC State University. He is also retired from the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Officer in the field of Counterintelligence.

Kim Estep, WGU Regional Vice President, Southeast

Dr. Kimberly K. Estep is the chancellor of WGU Tennessee. She also serves as the southeast regional vice president for Western Governors University. 

In her eight-year tenure at the helm of WGU Tennessee, Dr. Estep has worked to grow WGU Tennessee’s enrollment to more than 4,450 students and over 7,700 alumni. She led the charge in securing articulation agreements between WGU Tennessee and all 13 community colleges in the state, as well as forming partnerships with many of Tennessee’s largest and most recognizable organizations and companies.

As regional vice president, Dr. Estep supports the work of WGU in the southeastern states: Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Dr. Estep brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to her role. She lives in Franklin with her husband, Paul Adams, and they have three grown children and one grandchild.

WGU North Carolina Board Members

Dr. Lisa Chapman, President, Central Carolina Community College

Chapman has been in the North Carolina Community College System for thirty-four years. She currently serves as the president of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), a position she has held since April, 2019.

She began her career as a biologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, but after a few years moved into formal teaching and learning, spending several years at CCCC. Her tenure at the college included serving as a biology instructor, math and sciences department chair, academic dean, and Executive Vice President for Instruction/Chief Academic Officer overseeing instruction as well as recruiting and academic learning support services. Chapman left CCCC in 2014 to serve as the Sr. Vice President/Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System, a position she held for 5 years before returning to Central Carolina as president.

She has engaged in several national and state initiatives, including supporting the development of North Carolina Community Colleges’ Student Success Center and the work of Jobs For the Future’s Policy Leadership Trust as well as serving on advisory boards at varied public universities in North Carolina and state government advisory councils.

Chapman is an Aspen New Presidents Fellow (2020-2021 Cohort) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill, Master of Science in Physiology from East Tennessee State University, and Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

LtGen Walter Gaskin, USMC (ret.), Secretary, North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs

LtGen Walter Gaskin, USMC (ret.), is Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and serves on the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission. 

From 2010 until his retirement from the United States Marine Corps in 2013, LtGen Gaskin served as the Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, providing strategic military counsel on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya to NATO’s Secretary General and North Atlantic Council.

LtGen Gaskin also served as the Commanding General of the 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC from June 2006 until July 2008. In addition to this role, he simultaneously served as the Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). During this tour, LtGen Gaskin led II MEF (FWD) during its year-long deployment to Al Anbar Province, Iraq as the Commanding General of Multinational Forces-West.

LtGen Gaskin also served with 3rd Force Service Support Group (Echo and Foxtrot Logistics Support Units); 3rd Marine Division (Division Command Center) in Okinawa, Japan; and with Combined Forces Command C/J-3, Seoul, South Korea as the Head of Ground Forces Branch.

Secretary Gaskin most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of La Porte Technology Defense (LAPORTECH). LAPORTECH is an engineering Technical Development Plan supplier with the capability to design, test, retrofit, and roll-out new and existing specialty defense and commercial vehicles. Prior to this, Gaskin served as the Managing Director in Charge of the Operation Management Complex of Global Bank in Irvine, CA.

A graduate of Savannah State University's NROTC Scholarship Program with a Bachelor of Science, he earned a Summa Cum Laude Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and completed the Senior Executive Seminar from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. His military education includes the Amphibious Warfare School; Army Command and Staff College; Army War College; and the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Command Course.

Gov. Beverly Perdue, Managing Director/Founder and Board Chair, Perdue Strategy Group

Education innovation and reform are the hallmark of Bev Perdue’s career in public service and since leaving office, her efforts have been propelled by digital education, technology and innovation. Since leaving public office in 2013 her efforts, both professionally and through her work in establishing and supporting non-profits, have focused on improving opportunities by making classroom education more effective, making technology more broadly available and making policy managers more focused and responsive.

Career & College: Ready, Set Go! and other initiatives she’s championed in her public life as governor, lieutenant governor and in seven terms as a state legislator, are emblematic of the innovative, comprehensive approach to keeping students on grade level, improving graduation rates and increasing the number of students seeking college degrees or career training after high school. Perdue was one of the first governors to adopt rigorous standards, and she was the first governor to direct all levels of the state’s schools, colleges and universities to adopt those standards. At the end of her tenure as governor, North Carolina’s graduation rate topped 80-percent for the first time.

As governor, she was a transformative force in moving North Carolina’s classrooms into the 21st century by investing in innovative education technology and creating public-private partnerships to fully integrate that technology into the state’s education system. She created the statewide broadband education network for public schools, universities and community colleges -- . The partnership recognized as a national model because North Carolina school districts use six times the bandwidth while spending the same they did more than five years ago. She also led creation of the state’s first Virtual Public School. Perdue’s leadership legacy lives in the innovative education technology that has been spread statewide.

Mr. Gregg Sinders, Director, Charter One, Charlotte

Mr. Gregg Sinders is the Director of Government Relations and Business Development for Charter One, an Education Management Organization. Having over 40 years of experience in nuclear power, technology, logistics, education and government, he has been involved in the opening of nine charter schools and supported the operations of twenty charter schools in North Carolina. Mr. Sinders served as Chief Operating Officer for a K-12 charter school in North Carolina with over 1,200 students. He was responsible for converting the K-12 school from a traditional learning environment to an innovative blended learning environment.

Mr. Sinders is a board member of the North Carolina Association of Public Charter Schools and the North Carolina Coalition for Charter Schools. Prior to his time with the K-12 schools, he served in leadership positions for four IT start-up businesses, worked in the nuclear utility industry for 15 years and served as the Education Policy Advisor for the Speaker Pro Tempore in the North Carolina General Assembly. Mr. Sinders is a graduate of Purdue University and is a former county commissioner.

Dr. Monique Perry-Graves, Executive Director, Teach For America North Carolina

Dr. Monique Perry-Graves serves as the first statewide Executive Director for Teach for America North Carolina, building on the legacy of TFA's founding presence in the state for the past 30 years. In her role as chief executive for the state leading all TFA-NC regions in support of the mission and in service to over 2,200 alumni education leaders and 225+ 1st and 2nd year corps members in classrooms across the state.

Dr. Perry-Graves' portfolio also includes the leadership of over 50+ staff statewide and functions including: development/fundraising; communications/storytelling; data and research; program development and execution; alumni strategy and engagement; corps member recruitment, onboarding and retention; public/governmental affairs and board leadership of two advisory boards (Eastern NC and Charlotte Piedmont-Triad).

Dr. Angela Hinson Quick, VP of Education Workforce Development, RTI International

Angela Hinson Quick, a vice president in RTI’s Education and Workforce Development division, has more than 16 years of experience in public school and district leadership and 6 years of leadership experience at the state education level. She has led state-level projects that involve the design and creation of curriculum and instruction methodologies, comprehensive assessment systems, and accountability models for public schools. Dr. Quick’s research expertise is in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) school design, coursework articulation, and recruitment of underrepresented populations in STEM programming.

WGU has Strong Partnerships Across North Carolina

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Frequently Asked Questions at WGU

The $65 application fee is waived for Per Scholas alumni and employees. Use the waiver code "PERSCHOLAS".

 All Per Scholas alumni and employees will receive a 5% discount on tuition by communicating with your Enrollment Counselor that you are a Per Scholas alumni.

Per Scholas and WGU are actively working to secure scholarships for Per Scholas alumni. See general WGU scholarships here. Per Scholas employees should inquire about tuition benefits packages within their company’s Human Resources department.

If you carry debt from any previous college or defaulted student loans, this does not necessarily preclude you from enrolling at WGU. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor at WGU about financial considerations as you move forward with your application.

There is a one-time program fee and resource fee that students pay upon enrollment at WGU. There are no additional book or lab fees associated with the courses. Students will need to have stable internet access in order to do the coursework. Please refer to the applicable WGU program page for more information.

Per Scholas has partnered with Western Governors University (WGU) to offer graduates an opportunity to continue their education and apply Per Scholas coursework and certifications to one of seven bachelor of science degree programs in WGU's College of Information Technology. WGU is committed to helping Per Scholas alumni reach their goals with this partnership, providing a pathway for those that want to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

  • To support graduates as they navigate their careers. Their goals may involve degree completion or degree attainment and this aligns to our mission to ensure equity of advancement along an IT career pathway.
  • To deepen engagement with employers who are looking to upskill talent and support their employees’ advancement in their careers.
  • To provide opportunities for Per Scholas’ employee advancement—Per Scholas staff are also eligible for the program benefits.

  • WGU is the nation's leading competency-based nonprofit online university. It is fully accredited and reputable as an online university. Its programs are designed to maximize flexibility and accommodate student needs. Being nongeographic affords all Per Scholas alumni an opportunity to enroll.
  • Like Per Scholas, WGU is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of its mission.
  • WGU follows a competency-based model in which students progress by demonstrating mastery rather than seat time, a further benefit for working professionals.
  • Tuition is comparatively less than similar universities. WGU charges tuition at a flat rate per six-month term rather than per course or per credit, allowing students to complete as much learning as possible during any term.

Per Scholas alumni are able to transfer up to 54 credits towards their degree. Updated information on transferable course credits is available on the WGU's partner website, linked below. At a high level:

  • Network Support transfers 15 credits
  • CompTIA A+ 8 credits

Per Scholas alumni will have their application fee waived and receive a 5% discount on tuition.

For the most up-to-date transfer information, please visit Partners.

The partnership began in September 2020, with the first alumni enrolling shortly thereafter. WGU has rolling admissions at the start of every month.

All Per Scholas alumni and interested staff are eligible for admission. Per Scholas courses and/or certifications will transfer as credits to WGU. There is no additional documentation required for admission. There is no need to produce a high school transcript.

Learn more about credit transfer to WGU.

Most Per Scholas alumni will be interested in earning a degree from WGU's College of IT. The program eligibility requirements have already been met by Per Scholas alumni through the industry-recognized certifications earned through Per Scholas coursework. The only exception to this is the B.S. in Computer Science. However, depending on your individual situation, you may have to meet other admission requirements applicable to your program.

There is a math eligibility requirement for admission to the B.S. in Computer Science. Students must demonstrate math readiness through successful and verifiable completion of a precalculus, calculus, or higher-than-calculus math course from an accredited post-secondary academic institution or WGU-approved third-party provider. There are several ways for Per Scholas alumni to meet this eligibility requirement:

  • Students may enroll in WGU Academy to complete precalculus and satisfy your admission requirement by offering specialized calculus tutors to give you the best chance at being successful. The WGU Academy approach also includes PACA (Program for Academic and Career Advancement). PACA will also help you build your self-confidence, increase your resiliency, and put you on track for success at WGU. Plus, you’ll gain college credit and be guaranteed admission to WGU when you successfully complete WGU Academy! 
  • Students also have the option of enrolling in StraighterLine to complete a precalculus course. This is a self-paced course that students must pay for and complete. There is no tuition discount.
  • Students may produce proof of completion of precalculus by submitting a transcript from another institution, such as a high school AP course or a completed course (grade C or above) from another college for WGU’s evaluation.

Note again: the math readiness requirement applies ONLY to the B.S. in Computer Science.

Prospective students need to submit proof of industry certification from CompTIA, Cisco, Google, etc. Per Scholas alumni can request a transcript by contacting the site from which they obtained certification.

Per Scholas alumni may transfer up to 54 credits from Per Scholas to any of WGU’s College of IT programs upon meeting the admission requirements for that program. Credit transfer requirements for other colleges may vary. Per Scholas alumni will need to work with those colleges for program admission and credit transfer.

If admitted, these are additional steps in the WGU admission process

  • Prospective students meet with an Enrollment Counselor to discuss the student's plans and determine whether WGU is the best program for the student's academic and career goals. This is a 20- to 30-minute meeting.
  • Prior to being enrolled, students need to make a tuition payment installment or have a payment plan in place
  • Students must complete an orientation session. This provides basic WGU information and ori

Per Scholas enrollees who did not graduate but did earn industry-recognized credentials can transfer these towards a degree from the College of IT.

Per Scholas enrollees who did not graduate but did earn industry-recognized credentials can transfer these towards a degree from the College of IT.

WGU has a generous transfer policy. Our transcripts department can accept official copies of transcripts from your previous educational institutions for a course-by-course evaluation that compares the context of your courses to those in our programs, to tell you what is comparable and transferable.

Yes! WGU is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the highest form of accreditation.

It depends on the program you are interested in pursuing. Some programs will have additional requirements however, the general admissions process is as follows: 

  1. Complete the enrollment application
  2. Contact Enrollment at 866-225-5948 to go over the program and admissions process specific to your desired degree program
  3. Submit official transcripts
  4. If desired, complete FAFSA form for financial aid

The enrollment process can take approximately 4-6 weeks. Start dates are the first of each month once enrollment has been completed.

Every school sets its own guidelines however, accreditation plays a big part in recognition and acceptance. WGU is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the highest form of accreditation. WGU graduates go on to continue their education at many colleges and universities. When WGU alumni self-report acceptance into graduate or doctorate programs, we add the university to a list so you can see where WGU graduates are continuing to pursue higher education.