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Fayetteville Technical Community College and William Peace University approved an articulation agreement for future theater graduates seeking admission to the private institution in Raleigh.

President Larry Keen and Dr. Brian Ralph, president of William Peace, shook hands as they approved the partnership in front of administrators, faculty and staff.

“We’re excited to partner with a high quality program that works well with us and will bring a lot of vitality and energy,” Ralph said. “We’ll be getting students who are proven and have a great work ethic.”

FTCC  students who graduate with an associate’s degree in Fine Arts in Theater can transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree in one of four areas at the university: arts administration, theatre education, theatre, and musical theatre.

The agreement took roughly a year to finalize. It also requires transferring students obtain an overall 2.0 grade point average (GPA) at FTCC. Students can also receive full credit for up to 65 hours of course work.

William Peace College Group

Picture from left to right on the second row, William Peace University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Charles Duncan; FTCC Dean of Arts & Humanities Antonio Jackson; Dean of Spring Lake Campus DeSandra Washington; Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Services David Brand; Fine Arts Department Chair Dennis Johnson. From left to right on the front row, William Peace President Brian Ralph and FTCC President Larry Keen.

Keen told Ralph so far, the best performance he has seen of playwright Joseph Stein’s popular musical “Fiddler on the Roof” was at FTCC.

“Bar none,” Keen said firmly. “We’re always delighted to connect with other organizations that are very good and have our faculty and staff work with you all. We welcome you to our college.”

Faculty and administrators from both institutions crafted the agreement. They include FTCC’s Department Chair in Fine Arts and Theater Dennis Johnson and from William Peace, Dr. Charles Duncan, vice president for academic affairs, and Matt Hodge, assistant professor of musical theatre and theatre. Antonio Jackson, dean of arts and humanities at FTCC, said the agreement speaks to the diverse program offerings on campus. FTCC is one of nine community colleges in North Carolina that has a theater program; there are 58 community colleges in the state.

“We have great instructors who trained at some of the best universities in the nation,” Jackson said. “When they [other institutions] see our program doing really well, they’re going to want to recruit some of our students.”

For more information, contact FTCC’s Fine Arts in Theater Department at 910-678-0092 or visit