Community Partnerships

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The vision and mission of WCU at Biltmore Park centers around meeting the educational needs of the region. With that in mind, Western Carolina seeks every opportunity to partner with business and industry, with workforce and economic development organizations, and with entrepreneurs and small businesses to support each of these sectors with educational programming that supports their goals. We see these partnerships as a win for the region and a win for our students, who earn in-demand skills that employers value.

Business and Industry Partnerships

Business in Bumcombe, Henderson and Haywood Counties are invited to partner with WCU at Biltmore Park in a wide variety of ways. We invite you to consider the ways WCU can support your goals and to reach out to Biltmore Park Executive Director Kevan Frazier for more information.

WCU at Biltmore Park is home to multiple professional degree and certificate programs, including business administration, accounting, engineering, project management, public affairs and more. Students in each of these programs and experienced faculty members regularly partner with business and industry on the development of business and project plans, research projects, product development and more. These partnerships can be structured as a class project, or WCU faculty can provide professional services through WCU's Corporation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI).

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In addition, Western Carolina partners with companies of all sizes on internship programs that provide businessses with additional workforce while providing students with valuable work experience. 

WCU at Biltmore Park regularly offers training and development opportunities for professionals in the greater Asheville/Hendersonville area. In addition, Western Carolina seeks to parter with companies and industry associations across Western North Carolina to develop and administer employee training programs in areas that align with our faculty expertise.

WCU faculty at Biltmore Park include internationally-experienced experts in accounting, business planning and analysis, engineering and product development, hospitality and tourism, project management, sales and marketing and more. Our faculty have extensive experience in their individual fields as well as years of instructional experience and many have direct experience with corporate and industry training.

To explore ways to parter with WCU on training for your employees, contact Biltmore Park Executive Director Kevan Frazier.

Western Carolina is open to all partnerships that meet the educational needs of the region, including partnering with area workforce and economic development groups as well as industry and business associations to design new courses and even degree programs to meet regional needs. Over the past several years, WCU has expanded programs at Biltmore Park to meet workforce demands in the region, including launching a B.S. in Engineering degree on site and expanding nursing programs with further expansion planned for fall 2016.

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