#OurRaleigh | WPU Backs myFutureNC’s Goal of Statewide Education for Millions in NC

February 28, 2019

WPU proudly attended myFutureNC‘s goal announcement event last week, where leaders of the commission issued a call-to-action for the state of North Carolina in regards to education. State leaders and proponents of myFutureNC, proposed an ambitious goal that could potentially result in two million North Carolinians earning a postsecondary credential or degree by the year 2030.

The myFutureNC commission’s call-to-action comes from a report that fewer than half of North Carolinians between the ages of 25-44 hold high-quality credential or postsecondary degree, which is starkly contrasted with the fact that within the next year almost 70% of North Carolina jobs will require a postsecondary degree or credential.

myFutureNC hopes to engage state and local leaders, as well as North Carolina communities, to work in collaboration with one another to achieve the their goal, a feat that has already proven successful. North Carolina State Governor Roy Cooper spoke at the event to give his support for myFutureNC’s goal.

“To keep North Carolina competitive, we must help more of our students get the skills and education needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Governor Roy Cooper, The State of North Carolina

“To keep North Carolina competitive, we must help more of our students get the skills and education needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Governor Cooper said. “That’s why I support the myFutureNC Commission goal to develop a better educated North Carolina workforce and look forward to working together so that our state and its people can achieve our full potential.”

Dr. Brian C. Ralph applauds at myFutureNC event.
Dr. Brian C. Ralph (right) and Dr. Lori McClaren (left) applauding myFutureNC’s goal announcement.

For years, WPU’s award-winning School of Professional Studies (SPS) has been dedicated to serving adult students by offering accelerated degree programs with flexible schedules to help working adults earn a degree at their own pace. The School of Professional Studies offers accelerated programs in nine competitive fields, including its newest majors, RN to BSN and Strategic Communication. SPS students are also offered the convenience of award-winning online classes, most notably the Criminal Justice major.

WPU offers nearly 30 majors for traditional undergraduate students, with exciting programs that range from Biology to Musical Theatre, and to the popular Exercise and Sport Science. Conveniently located in Downtown Raleigh, WPU offers a unique immersive learning experience across all of its curriculum. Students complete two internships before graduating which helps bridge the gap between their academics and what graduates want to do beyond Peace as they begin their careers.

“Our School of Professional Studies, in particular, is perfectly positioned to help ages 25 to 44 adults meet their goals, whether it’s getting a degree online or on-ground…”

Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., WPU President

William Peace University President, Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., was in attendance for the myFutureNC announcement and was excited about the commission’s plans and what it means for North Carolinians who are seeking to further their education.

“We are, at William Peace University, we are really excited about myFutureNC,” Dr. Ralph said. “The goal of two million degree or higher education certificate holders is a bold one by the State of North Carolina, and we’re excited that William Peace University is here to rise to that challenge and meet that goal. Our School of Professional Studies, in particular, is perfectly positioned to help ages 25 to 44 adults meet their goals, whether it’s getting a degree online or on-ground, whether it’s through our RN to BSN program or Strategic Communication, or any of the great majors we offer.”

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