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Tech center offers MPA degrees

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Friday, July 12, 2019

Residents interested in furthering their careers by earning a Master of Public Administration degree have a brief window of time to apply to gain that degree by taking classes in Rocky Mount.

East Carolina University is taking applications to be a part of its second cohort of students to earn a Master of Public Administration degree, a degree that especially is helpful to area professionals interested in furthering their degree in public and nonprofit management.

The course first was offered at the Gateway Technology Center located in front of N.C. Wesleyan College in the summer of 2016. Those students graduated in the spring and are all employed, said Carmine Scavo, program coordinator for MPA degrees at East Carolina University.

“All of them were employed when they entered the program, but many have been promoted or changed jobs as they moved through the program,” Scavo said. “Examples include the executive assistant to the president and board of trustees of Halifax Community College, the supervisor of the Rocky Mount Water Resource Department, the assistant director of Public Utilities in Nash County and the director of planning for Roanoke Rapids.”

Teaching for the course takes place on Saturdays and online for the convenience of students who currently are employed.

The application period for enrollment in the second cohort of the class ends on Aug. 1. Roughly 13 students currently are enrolled in the program at the Gateway Technology Center, which begins in the fall. Students will take two courses per term — including summers — and will complete their coursework in spring 2022.