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Explore Further. Achieve Goals.

Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Jessica Gasperson-Shuford, a summer 2023 graduate of Western Carolina University’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program, knew she wanted to go into the health care field since she was in her teens.  

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Forbes ranks WCU in top 10 of best online colleges in NC

WCU’s distance learning programs have been ranked among the best in North Carolina, making the top 10 on the Forbes list of best online colleges in the Old North State.   

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Physical therapy grad student gets to see legislative side of health care

Ruby Dixon, a third-year student in WCU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, considers the entire state of North Carolina her home, having lived in different parts of the state throughout her life.   

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WCU graduate finds a career through Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort internship program

Hannah Broyer is a talent acquisition coordinator at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.   

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MFA program checked all the boxes for WCU alum: culture, mountains and academic rigor

After earning a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a decade of work and life experience, Kentucky native Mo Kessler wanted to find a master’s program that checked all the boxes when it came to culture, experiencing the mountains of Western North Carolina and of course the master’s program itself.   

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Call Me MiSTER program welcomes its largest cohort

WCU has tripled its cohort of Call Me MiSTER program participants, bringing in six new members who will start their four-year journey to becoming a teacher this fall.   

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Semaija Johnson | Day in the Life

Get ready to meet the amazing Semaija Johnson, a rockstar leader of WCU's ASP program! Join her as she takes you through a day in the life of a summer student!  

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Discover Your Own Breakthrough

Greensboro native Preston Ellington’s journey to being a physical therapist started back in high school in a health and human sciences class.  

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Kayla Patterson blazes a new trail in the Higher Education Student Affairs program

Kayla Patterson is a recent graduate of the Higher Education Student Affairs master’s program. She began her undergraduate studies in pursuit of a medical degree at Cleveland State University on a basketball scholarship before transferring to New York University.   

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