WILKESBORO — The Alleghany Center of Wilkes Community College will offer three new associate degree programs beginning Aug. 18 during fall semester. These programs, animal science, business administration (online) and applied engineering technology, are additions to the existing programs, accounting, criminal justice technology, and college transfer classes, being offered at Alleghany Center at 115 Atwood St., Sparta.
“We are excited to offer these new programs to enable Alleghany County residents the opportunity to earn certificates, diplomas or two-year degrees without leaving the county. Students in the animal science technology program will be able to work with a small-scale farm and learn hands-on operation, management and production decisions in relation to animal science technology,” explained Dr. John Hauser, vice president of Applied Career Technologies and WCC-Alleghany Center.
“Our goal is to provide local opportunities for students to earn a college degree to enhance their technical skills for future employment or to earn college credits to transfer to a university to receive a bachelor’s degree. This will save students and parents a significant amount of money while earning valuable credits toward an associate degree or transfer credits to a university.”
Hauser explained that the new higher education offerings at the Alleghany Center are built on the partnership with Alleghany County Schools, enabling the center to collaborate on program offerings, program development and ongoing evaluation of new certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. In addition, the partnership with the Blue Ridge Business Development Center has led to new opportunities linking business and industry to the Alleghany Center.
“Business administration students will be able to complete an associate degree fully online, and if they choose, students can take traditional business classes at the center. Applied engineering technology students will be able to use the latest technology and state-of-the-art Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines, 3D printers and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to earn skills for the advanced manufacturing industry,” said Hauser.
“The long-term benefits of these program offerings are possible through collaborative efforts with the Alleghany County Schools and the Career & College Promise program, which provides immeasurable benefits for Alleghany County students.”
Fall semester begins on Aug. 18. A late registration period will be offered Aug. 15-16. To schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Coleman for late registration, call 336-372-5061. Students may go directly to the Alleghany Center to begin the application process for registration or online at www.wilkescc.edu/currentregistration.