West Liberty University Pittsburgh Technical College Teams Up With WLU

West Liberty University Pittsburgh Technical College Teams Up With WLU


PITTSBURGH and WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 11, 2022 – Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) will finalize its Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Fast Track partnership with West Liberty University (WLU) on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m., as PTCtakes part in an event signing with PTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Eileen Steffan and WLU President/CEO Dr. W. Franklin Evans. (PTC President/CEO Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith was unable to attend due to a family emergency.)

The signing, set to take place in the Board of Governors Room, located in WLU’s historic Shaw Hall, will finalize the MBA Fast Track Partnership that will enable PTC graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees in either the Business Administration, Applied Management or Science in Information Technology programs to accelerate their bachelor’s to master’s degree pathway.

“One of our key objectives at Pittsburgh Technical College is to expand access for all students and present them with every opportunity to excel,” said Dr. Harvey-Smith in a written statement. “Our new MBA Fast Track partnership with an academic institution like West Liberty University achieves just that and presents students in both PTC’s Schools of Business as well as Information Systems and Technology with an accelerated outlet to attain a master level degree.”

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Eileen Steffan and all the PTC leaders to our campus for this ceremonial signing that initiates our new MBA Fast Track partnership with PTC, a college that is a leader in providing career-focused education in the region. We look forward to meeting many PTC graduates in the near future and welcoming them to the Hilltop as they complete their MBA,” said President Evans. WLU’s graduate programs are growing and include many options.

The Fast Track partnership is designed to expedite the timeline for PTC graduates to earn their MBA, saving both expenses and time. PTC students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration can earn up to 12 credit hours of advanced standing toward their MBA, while students working toward a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management can earn up to nine credit hours, with Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students earning up to six hours.

PTC’s two-year business program gives students the opportunity to learn from instructors who combine their business knowledge and industry experience to engage students in the subject matter and arrange internships and connect with employers. WLU’s MBA program is designed to enhance core business competencies and build confidence as a strategic and resourceful professional through three concentration areas: Management, Forensic Accounting and Healthcare Management.

For complete details on all of WLU’s graduate programs, please click here.


Pittsburgh Technical College is a leading educator in the Pittsburgh region to prepare students for career success and has the numbers to prove it: 100% of PTC’s degree-seeking students experience onsite internships or clinical rotations, or employer partnerships in capstone projects, before they graduate. It’s this kind of experience that results in consistently high in-field placement rates with a five-year average of 93% from 2016-2020. PTC’s hallmark is academic excellence, grounded in an environment that supports each student’s professional and personal journey. With more than 30 associate, bachelor’s, and certificate programs, PTC provides education that prepares students for career success in these areas: Business, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Design and Engineering Technology, Healthcare, Nursing, Information Systems and Technology, Trades Technology, and Energy and Electronics Technology. PTC has been part of the region’s education community for 75 years. For more information about PTC, visit www.ptcollege.edu. Visit PTC’s website for more information and follow PTC on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


Established in 1837, West Liberty University offers a caring, quality and affordable college experience. With more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs, both online and on campus, students enjoy strong academics and a personal approach to education. The WLU Hilltoppers are a charter member of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference with nearly 500 student-athletes participating across a spectrum of 18 intercollegiate sports, including men’s football, cross country, basketball, wrestling, track, tennis, baseball, soccer and golf, along with women’s softball, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, tennis, golf, soccer and acrobatics and tumbling. Known for its safe, friendly campus community, its main campus is located along West Virginia Route 88, near Wheeling, in the state’s Northern Panhandle and is 60 minutes from Pittsburgh. For more information, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB), visit westliberty.edu or follow WLU on social media. To view more about WLU, please visit westliberty.edu/youtube.

View the Topper Station video of the press conference here.