Grant to help Wake Tech launch business analytics program

Posted October 17, 2012

— A $2.95 million federal grant will allow Wake Technical Community College to begin the nation's first two-year degree program in the field of business analytics, officials said Wednesday.

The grant from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative is the largest in Wake Tech's 50-year history.

“This grant is the right funding at the right time,” Carol Cutler White, Wake Tech's dean of sponsored programs and federal relations, said in a statement. “Business analytics is an emerging field of employment with vast job opportunities in the Triangle and beyond.”

Business analytics involves the use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis and modeling to learn about past business performance and drive planning.

The Wake Tech program will start in January.

The school was the only North Carolina community college to receive an individual grant as part of the second installment of a $2 billion, four-year initiative to promotes skills development and employment opportunities.


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  • CuriousT Oct 18, 5:56 p.m.

    Sidecutter -

    Thanks! Let's hope so. I want to continue to learn (and work) a long time.

  • sidecutter Oct 18, 3:06 p.m.

    Way to go "CuriousT". With 3 degrees you should have a better chance at a job.

  • CuriousT Oct 18, 2:10 p.m.

    "Glad to see Wake Tech offering such a program, but I imagine it will be difficult to compete with the Masters of Analytics program at NCSU." - NCSUEngineerFC

    I don't think so at all. A lot of students start out at the Community College level and then transition to a 4-year institution for the BA/BS and then the MA/MS programs. For those of us that don't qualify for Financial Aid (of any kind), it can be an important way to save money for the rest of our education.

    I remember a saying I heard in a movie once: "Never despise meager beginnings." We all have to start somewhere.

    BTW - I've already signed up to add that program to the programs I'm already taking. I'm now a (temporary) triple major, though I graduate with my 1st AAS 12/15/12.


  • NCSUEngineerFC Oct 18, 11:47 a.m.

    Glad to see Wake Tech offering such a program, but I imagine it will be difficult to compete with the Masters of Analytics program at NCSU.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 18, 10:37 a.m.

    Ah yes more money we do not have and pushing it into a field that is already old and well populated with expertise.