Looking to fill a regional need for professionals with mental health experience on their resumes, Montreat College has announced a partnership with Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) that will expand its psychology program.
WPCC Students interested in obtaining a 4-year mental health degree will be able to transfer all 64 of their associate credits to the Montreat program, which include a bachelors in psychology, human services and a masters in clinical mental health counseling.
Chad Bledsoe, vice president of academic affairs at WPCC, told the Morganton News Herald that the program will help fill a need for strong mental health services in Burke County and with Broughton Hospital, the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center and other health agencies.
"While there are degrees at WPCC designed to transfer to four-year institutions, degrees in the applied sciences often do not transfer. These articulations allow for a path to four-year degrees that was not previously available to some students," Bledsoe said.
The articulation agreement for the expanded program will begin in the fall semester.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for psychologists are expected to increase by 12% through the end of the decade.