William Peace University Develops Simulation and Game Design Major
Four-Year Baccalaureate University Expands Liberal Education Curriculum To Address The Needs Of The Growing Gaming Industry
February 23, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that the Board of Trustees and faculty have voted to expand the university's curriculum to include a simulation and game design major. This major will be available to students beginning in the fall 2012 semester. The simulation and game design major has been developed to prepare university graduates for careers in the industry of advanced learning technologies and gaming, which has become a growing industry across the United States, including in the Raleigh-Durham market. Wake County Economic Development (WCED), a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the primary economic development organization for Wake County and its 12 municipalities, has recently placed significant interest on enhancing the local emphasis on the gaming industry, which will inevitably lead to increased job growth in the military, healthcare, academic and private industries. The development of William Peace University's simulation and game design major will assist the WCED efforts of improving workforce development and training needed for this growing industry.
The simulation and game design major will have nine of its 18 course requirements taught by currently existing university programs, while the other newly incorporated courses will be developed and implemented by appropriate faculty members.
"We are excited to provide current and future William Peace University students with the educational backing needed to become active participants of the gaming workforce and its future development," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "We look forward to producing graduates of our program who can meet the needs and careers of the gaming industry locally, as it has become a major economic engine for the Triangle."
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women's college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor's students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university's graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.
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