Dr. Stephen C. Scott is the third president in Wake Tech’s history. His personal focus is on continuous improvement through a process called Applied Benchmarking.
College & University Transfer Programs
March 1, 2017
I’ve been amazed by the rapid transition to warm weather these past few weeks! Early signs of spring have started to pop on all our campuses, subtle hints of color that greet our students heading to class. Spring is a season of emergence and promise, and a perfect time to “find yourself” on a pathway to a great future.
Our college transfer programs offer students a variety of pathways – options and opportunities for continuing their education that are almost endless. Students can earn an associate’s degree in a very cost-effective way while completing core coursework toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.
We’ve cultivated partnerships with four-year colleges and universities across the state so that our graduates have an abundance of choices. Articulation agreements ensure a smooth transition, assuring Wake Tech students that their coursework will transfer.
Now’s a perfect time to start exploring those pathways. Let’s make this spring a season of new opportunities and new beginnings. Find yourself at Wake Tech!
Opportunities Await You
January 19, 2017
Happy new year! As the spring 2017 semester begins, more than 21,000 students are taking classes in academic programs at Wake Tech and are well on their way to earning degrees – that’s another record! While enrollment at other community colleges is stagnant, ours continues to grow: Wake Tech serves the equivalent of 1 in 8 Wake County adults every year.
The residents of this growing region count on Wake Tech. They need education and workforce training that’s accessible, affordable, and designed to meet their needs. And we deliver! We offer programs at locations throughout Wake County – plus a virtual “campus” that’s growing so fast we now serve more online students than any community college in the state. We’re proud of that, and we’ve been proactive in making sure our online students have what they need to succeed!
Our goal is to help students become engaged and employed – skilled, highly-qualified graduates who are ready to hold their own in today’s workplace; connected to their neighbors and communities; and involved in shaping a better future for all.
Our challenge to students and prospective students is “find yourself,” and many tell us that at Wake Tech they’ve done just that. They’ve found their calling, their passion, and their unique pathway to a whole new future. A new year presents challenges and opportunities for all of us to refocus our sights and explore new roads. Here’s to a great 2017!
A Holiday Greeting
December 7, 2016
The holidays are a special time of year for each and every one of us – celebrating with family and friends, making memories to last a lifetime. That’s true here at Wake Tech as well, and the past year has been full of memorable moments. In 2016, we celebrated record enrollment, a record $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the groundbreaking for our RTP Campus, and as always, the excitement of new graduates walking across the stage to receive degrees and diplomas.
2016 was indeed a great year at Wake Tech – but contentiousness across the nation at times left us with heavy hearts. We’re fortunate to be here, working collaboratively to provide our community with education that can and does change lives. As we go forward, let’s renew our focus on civility, kindness, and respect for each other – values that are central to our mission here at Wake Tech, and that make us truly strong. We all share responsibility for healing wounds and bridging chasms, in big ways whenever we can and in small ways every day.
Thank you for supporting Wake Tech’s mission. We look forward to a bright 2017 filled with new opportunities and causes for celebration. Happy holidays!
National Career Development Month
November 9, 2016
Autumn is truly beautiful at Wake Tech, as the gorgeous colors on our many trees reach their peak. Under these trees, I see students studying, working on projects together, or heading to the library or their next class. Our students are serious about their purpose here: They’re positioning themselves to graduate and go on to great things – advanced studies, great jobs, rewarding careers.
I’m so thankful our students have our Career and Employment Resources (CER) professionals to help them make the journey from academics to the working world. This is National Career Development Month, and CER is hosting events that offer students opportunities for career exploration and development. Sessions will include leadership training, social media tips for budding professionals, and networking parties. All are designed to help students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom and shape their future.
National Career Development Month is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the importance of career preparation, while helping our students sharpen the skills they’ll need to land the perfect career. Let’s celebrate by supporting our students in making the leap from college to the workforce.
Early Voting on Main Campus
October 19, 2016
When the dust settles, 2016 will be remembered for the most highly-contested presidential contest to date – and we’re all feeling a certain “election fatigue.” But the democratic process is important for all of us, no matter our party or political leaning, and for our country.
Wake Tech was proud to participate in that process by hosting presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on September 27. She spoke to a crowd of more than 1,400 in the gymnasium, while an overflow crowd of more than 800 in the Student Services Building watched on big screens. The high-profile rally was a great opportunity to welcome visitors to our campus, and put Wake Tech in the national spotlight.
Before the registration deadline, Wake Tech welcomed non-partisan organizations to our campuses to register voters and encourage all to exercise their constitutional right on election day. We also partner with TurboVote to provide election reminders. And on October 27, a portion of the Physical Education Building will open as an official early voting site. For 10 days, Wake Tech will welcome Wake County citizens as they vote for leaders at the local, state, and federal levels.
They will also have an opportunity to vote on the Wake County Public Transportation Referendum, which will triple bus service and bring commuter rail service to our rapidly-growing region. The referendum appears at the end of the ballot.
It is indeed a privilege to have a voice in these decisions that will shape our future in so many ways. Whether you’re a first-time voter or never miss an election, thank you for making your voice heard!
Innovation in the Air
August 25, 2016
Good-bye summer, hello fall! As the new academic year begins, I’m reminded of the excitement I felt as a student when school started each year – getting back to class and working toward my dreams through higher education. I see that excitement and enthusiasm in our students amid the hustle and bustle on campus at the start of each semester.
I know this is going to be another amazing year! We started the semester with a record 22,500 students enrolled for the fall semester. Ninety-one percent of our seats are filled, and that tells me the residents of Wake County believe in Wake Tech’s mission to change lives through education.
How will Wake Tech remain a leader in training a competitive workforce? We’re adding new programs and building new facilities all the time. On our Northern Wake Campus, we’ve opened Building H, which houses science programs and an innovative STEM lab where students can conduct research. We’ve also completed the third phase of renovations at our Public Safety Education Campus, which now includes an indoor firearms range for law enforcement training.
New programs include IT Software and Web Development, IT Mobile Application Developer, and Mission Critical Operations. These programs will offer our students new pathways to rewarding careers – or further study.
Finally, we’ve broken ground on our brand new RTP Campus. It’s poised to be a “next-generation learning environment” that can meet the needs of students and corporations in western Wake County and Research Triangle Park.
The residents of our growing region count on Wake Tech for affordable education and training. As the population increases and technology evolves, Wake Tech will stay at the forefront of education and workforce training innovations. In fact, we’ve established a new division focused specifically on innovation and effectiveness – to guide us as we move forward.
It’s indeed an exciting time for our students, our college, and our community. And I look forward to charting our course together!
Commencement: Reaching Higher
May 12, 2016
Graduation has always been one of my favorite events at Wake Tech, and I’m proud of our spring 2016 class – all 1,641 of them!
Our graduates can be proud, too, as they reflect on how they reached this important milestone. They came to Wake Tech to learn and to follow dreams, and they’re leaving with the knowledge and skills to realize those dreams – to find careers that are rewarding and meaningful.
This year’s graduates will take their places at the forefront of a highly-skilled workforce that our communities need and that today’s (and tomorrow’s) industries demand. Companies move to the Triangle region to find competent workers who are up on the latest techniques and technologies, and Wake Tech is doing its part to make sure workers have those skills and credentials. We’re training a workforce in high-demand fields such as health care, information technology, biotech, and “niche” industries such as business analytics, data storage and virtualization, and simulation and game development. We want local and regional employers to know that Wake Tech graduates are ready to go to work and that they are qualified to meet – and exceed – expectations.
Graduation is the culmination of much hard work, but it’s also a reminder to reach higher to remain on the leading edge as technology rapidly changes. At Wake Tech, we’re continuing to add resources and expand facilities to meet the growing needs of our community, and I know that this year’s graduates stand ready to meet the challenges ahead.
March 16, 2016
Voters in Wake County and North Carolina took a major step in improving our state’s infrastructure by overwhelmingly supporting the Connect NC bond.
On behalf of Wake Tech’s trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students, I want to say thank you! With Connect NC funds, we will make repairs and complete renovations, enhancing our infrastructure to allow us to serve students and the community more effectively. By voting yes, you have demonstrated your support for our mission: to improve and enrich lives by meeting the lifelong education, training, and workforce development needs of the communities we serve; to promote individual success in the workplace and in higher education; and to increase entrepreneurship as well as cultural, social, and economic development.
We would not be able to meet the needs of Wake County’s rapidly-growing population without your support for higher education. Thank you for sharing in our mission. We look forward to continuing to serve this community by giving our students the skills and tools they need to compete in our evolving economy.
Connect NC: Investing in Our Future
February 4, 2016
On March 15, North Carolinians will vote on a bond that has the potential to reshape our state through investments in the university and community college systems. The goal is to support statewide capital improvements in education, parks, public safety, plant sciences, agriculture, and sewer infrastructure.
More than two-thirds of the Connect NC bond will fund critical improvements in higher education – including $350 million for upgrades at all 58 of our state’s community colleges. If approved, Wake Tech will receive $12.6 million for badly-needed facility renovations and technology upgrades.
With bond funds, we’ll modernize the training laboratories where students learn welding, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing – and prepare to fill an expanding skills gap in the workforce. We’ll improve accessibility to enhance the learning experience for all students, and to bring our Main and Perry Health Sciences campuses into full compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. Safety improvements will include replacing fire alarms and security cameras, which will be digital and fully integrated into our current system. Network upgrades will enhance e-learning, improving access to computer-based courses and programs for the growing number of students who attend Wake Tech online.
It’s been 15 years since voters last approved a bond focused on our state’s infrastructure, and in that time, North Carolina has grown by two million people!
I believe Connect NC is an opportunity to invest in our future – by making sure students have the tools and skills to compete in our evolving economy. No tax increases are necessary to finance the bond! To learn more, visit http://www.waketech.edu/about-wake-tech/2016-connect-nc.
January 6, 2016
It’s already shaping up to be a great year for Wake Tech! We’ve just been named the 3rd fastest-growing large community college in the nation by Community College Week. How is this possible at a time when community colleges across the country are seeing their numbers decline? From my perspective, the reason is clear. We’re fortunate to be in a dynamic region that welcomes dozens of new residents each day. And we take very seriously our responsibility to provide for those residents, with relevant education and workforce training. We produce skilled, highly-qualified graduates who are ready to take their places in all kinds of fields, in business, industry, and higher education.
The fact is, more and more people are discovering the quality and value we offer. We’re now serving more than 70,000 students in our Curriculum and Workforce Continuing Education programs; that’s the equivalent of 1 in 8 Wake County adults!
It’s no surprise that enrollment for spring semester is at an all-time high! What an exciting way to start a new year, with new students, fresh ideas, new programs getting underway, and new pathways to be explored.
A Holiday Greeting
December 18, 2015
The holiday season is a special time for all of us – a time to rejoice and share special moments with family and friends that will become treasured memories. It’s no different here at Wake Tech – the past year has been filled with memorable moments. In 2015, our students, faculty, and staff continued to strengthen our bond with the community around us. We celebrated high marks and reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the opening of the Beltline Education Center, record enrollment, and as always, the excitement of new graduates walking across the stage to receive their diplomas.
We’re fortunate to be here at Wake Tech – sharing new ideas in a collaborative spirit, discovering opportunities to learn and grow, celebrating student successes and faculty and staff achievements, and enjoying the rewards of meaningful work as part of this vibrant community. I’d like to take this occasion to thank you for supporting Wake Tech’s mission. We look forward to 2016 and the many new opportunities that lie ahead.
Celebrating National Career Development Month
November 2, 2015
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It’s a time of change as warm days begin to cool off and magnificent color is on display across our campuses. By now, students have settled into their classes as we head towards the home stretch of the semester. For some, graduation is near and the excitement is building as the thought of landing the perfect career is within reach.
That’s why I’m glad our students have our Career and Employment Resources (CER) professionals on their side. November is National Career Development Month, and CER will present activities, events, and opportunities for career exploration and development. Special sessions will include panel discussions, leadership training, book displays, a veterans’ forum, and a poster and poetry contest. These events will help to bring classroom learning full circle and ready students for the future.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students to fine-tune the skills they’re learning in the classroom to assist them in finding the right career. I’m ready to celebrate our students and I’m excited to see their growth during National Career Development Month.
An Epic Year Ahead
August 18, 2015
Welcome to the fall 2015 semester at Wake Tech! I always find it exciting to see students arriving on our campuses, ready for new challenges.
2015-16 is going to be an epic year, in every sense of the word! First of all, we have more students enrolled than ever before, and on average, they’re taking more class hours. We now have more students taking online classes than any community college in North Carolina, and we want to make sure they succeed! EPIC (eLearning Preparedness Initiative across the College), our multi-year, college-wide effort to improve student success in online courses, is progressing nicely. We’ve now tested the E-learning Orientation with more than 5,000 students, and 93% of them have completed it successfully. This fall we’ll roll out additional learning modules with videos, as well as a training program for faculty that leads to certification in online instruction.
Many other exciting new programs are underway at Wake Tech, such as the new Global Logistics/Distribution Management program, and new Business Administration programs in Global Business Management and in Marketing. These fields offer students new pathways to rewarding careers. We have new facilities as well, including our Beltline Education Center, which opened last March. It offers new options for completing high school equivalency testing and learning English as a Second Language. It also houses our new Advanced Manufacturing Center and Cosmetology School.
With every new year and new initiative, it’s important to recall the attributes that make Wake Tech what it is: reputable, welcoming, passionate, high-quality, life-changing. The citizens of our region count on Wake Tech for outstanding education and training; they know we’ll deliver courses and programs of the highest quality. Our staff and faculty are passionate about what they do, and about providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all those who come to Wake Tech to discover a brighter future. Wake Tech is a community of educators and professionals who are dedicated to helping people change their lives for the better.
Here’s to an epic, life-changing year!
Commencement: A New Beginning
May 2, 2015
Graduation is always exciting at Wake Tech, and we are tremendously proud of our spring 2015 graduating class – a record-breaking 1,467 students!
They can be proud, too, as they look back at their hard work and the sacrifices they’ve made. Students arrive at Wake Tech to follow dreams, reinvent careers, make good on promises they made to themselves. What they learn here changes the direction of their lives, and that of their families and their communities.
These graduates will take their places at the forefront of a highly-skilled workforce that our communities need and that today’s (and tomorrow’s) industries demand. Companies move to our region to find competent workers with training in the latest techniques and technologies, and Wake Tech is doing its part to make sure workers have those skills and credentials. We’re training a workforce in information technology, biotech, and other specialized areas as well as in “niche” industries such as business analytics and global logistics. We want local and regional employers to know that our graduates are ready to go to work and that they are qualified to meet – and exceed – expectations.
Graduation is not an end but a beginning. Wake Tech will continue to offer education, training, and resources to help these graduates as they begin careers, start new ventures, and discover their full potential. There’s always something more to discover at Wake Tech.
Discovering Wake Tech
April 2, 2015
It’s spring at last – warmer air, brighter sunshine, and palpable excitement as students everywhere near the end of another academic year. It’s also the time that students visit colleges, look ahead and explore higher education options for the fall. For those eager to start on a life-changing journey, now’s a great time to discover Wake Tech!
Our campuses are in bloom, and our college is continuing to expand and evolve to meet changing needs. We’re adding new space on our Northern Wake Campus, where technical programs, from plumbing to baking, will be available for the first time. Wake Tech is the go-to source of training for many of the skilled workers who keep our region humming.
We love welcoming new and prospective students into our college community with open house events and other special activities. I’m always thrilled to see students’ excitement as they discover all that Wake Tech has to offer – courses and programs designed with their academic and career needs in mind, the convenience of multiple locations (including a vast “campus” online), enthusiastic professors with workplace experience and know-how, and small classes where learning is hands-on, interactive, and collaborative.
What’s most exciting is that students discover themselves here – what they’re good at, what they love doing, and potential they sometimes didn’t know they had. And once they do, there’s no stopping them! Discovering possibility is a powerful thing. We’re glad to be a part of helping students discover themselves and the promise of the future as they discover Wake Tech.
February 9, 2015
We all know what a difference good teachers make! At Wake Tech, our faculty members have distinguished us as a quality institution, a provider of the very best instruction and training.
Faculty are critical to our mission, which is why we’ve established a faculty rank system to recognize and reward the best and brightest – and to entice others to join us. This month, 63 faculty members were promoted in a special ceremony, where they earned new titles, along with salary increases!
This is the second year for our peer-driven faculty rank system, where instructors with five years of service at Wake Tech were eligible to apply for a promotion to assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or senior professor. In its inaugural year nearly 200 faculty members were promoted. As the program is phased in next year and beyond, faculty with three years of service will be eligible.
But here at Wake Tech, faculty rank is about more than just years of service. It’s about innovation and commitment to excellence. Our faculty wouldn’t want it any other way – in fact, it was faculty who developed the system, through our Applied Benchmarking process. Applied Benchmarking is our continuous improvement initiative that asks employees to research best practices at other institutions and apply them at Wake Tech. Faculty developed the ranking system, and they remain engaged through a peer-review process in which they evaluate innovative classroom strategies, leadership, community service, and more to determine who will be promoted.
This incentive and reward system has been positively received throughout the campus community as a way to do something more for our teachers, who do so much every day for students.
A Fresh Start
January 7, 2015
Happy New Year! As the spring 2015 semester begins, Wake Tech enrollment is going strong, with more than 21,000 students registered for classes in our curriculum programs and thousands more in workforce continuing education programs. We continue to add courses and programs to meet the needs of these students, and more and more of those are online. In fact, Wake Tech now has the largest number of online students of all the colleges and universities in the state! We start this semester with about 9,500 curriculum students taking online courses – making our “online campus” the largest of Wake Tech’s campuses. We offer degree, diploma, and certificate programs completely online now, as well as in hybrid formats that combine classroom and online instruction. Last year, more than half of our curriculum students took at least one online class, and that percentage continues to climb. In the past five years, the number of students who took only online classes has doubled. The increase in online students has prompted Wake Tech to launch a new effort to help these students succeed. EPIC, as it’s called (e-Learning Preparedness Initiative across the College), is designed to remove barriers to online success by helping students become more prepared for and proficient in online courses, and by helping faculty become better online teachers. EPIC fits into our commitment to the Gates Foundation’s Completion by Design framework.
We also start this semester with the opening of a new facility. The Beltline Education Center, on Bush Street in Raleigh, focuses on students who are preparing for high school equivalency testing, those learning English as a Second Language, and others seeking short-term training to get back into the workforce.
We want students to excel and to feel supported and confident, whatever mode of learning they prefer, at whichever Wake Tech facility they choose. New initiatives and innovative strategies are all part of our commitment to excellence and student success.
A Holiday Greeting
December 4, 2014
Another holiday season reminds us of how much there is to be grateful for every day at Wake Tech: the excitement of new ideas, opportunities to learn and grow, student successes, faculty and staff achievements, collaborations with valued partners, and the rewards of meaningful work as part of this dynamic community. We thank you all for supporting our mission and wish you happy holidays!
A Proud Day
November 6, 2014
October 30, 2014, was a proud day in Wake Tech history. We had just wrapped up a three-day visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), our accrediting body. This was the big one – the once-every-ten-years review of our programs, processes, faculty, and staff that reaffirms our accreditation, or lets us know if we’re passing muster. We’d been getting ready for this visit for more than a year.
Reaccreditation includes a Compliance Certification Report and a Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP. Our Compliance Certification Report was large, not surprising for the largest community college in North Carolina. It totaled thousands of pages and included input from hundreds of staff and faculty members. Our QEP was equally complex and had also engaged the entire college community. From an RFP-style selection process, we had developed a plan to improve student success online called e-Learning Preparedness Initiative across the College, or EPIC.
All that preparation was behind us on October 30, as a group of our administrators and faculty waited in a Marriott conference room to hear the results of the SACS visit. We were confident yet realistic, assuming we would hear a list of recommendations for improvement before our reaffirmation could be approved. To our surprise and delight, however, we didn’t. The committee’s report of “no recommendations” meant that they found no errors, no areas of our operations that needed improving! In my 42 years in community colleges – which have included seven such visits from SACS – I have never seen that happen. The SACS committee members themselves acknowledged that it was indeed a rare occurrence!
This glowing report is validation from our peers across the Southeast that Wake Tech is maintaining its standard of excellence in the programs and services we provide for our students and our community. I am extremely happy to see Wake Tech faculty and staff recognized in this way for the exceptional job they are doing – and as President, I could not be prouder to be a part of this great institution!
Preparing Students for Success in a Global Economy
October 24, 2014
On October 17th, Wake Tech held a grand opening for our new Confucius Classroom. It’s a unique partnership between Wake Tech, NC State’s Confucius Institute, Nanjing Norman University, and Hanban/Confucius Headquarters, in China, to improve the skills necessary for success in a global economy. Our partnership with these institutions will provide our students with the necessary language and communication skills to serve as a bridge between China and the world.
This is an exciting initiative for Wake Tech. Our students will have an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with qualified instructors, improve their language and communication skills, and have cultural experiences beyond the classroom. They will build skills for working within diverse groups, appreciating differences and negotiating to find common ground. I believe these learning experiences will lead the way to better business relationships between China and the United States.
At Wake Tech, our Confucius Classroom will offer a nurturing environment to help students build new skills and become successful world citizens. We will offer our students the opportunity to attain cultural Chinese competencies, like language and communication, needed for today’s competitive global workforce. The ingredients are here for a bright future between two economic giants, China and the United States. However, like all other programs offered at Wake Tech, it’ll take hard work in and out of the classroom to achieve success.
While learning the intricacies of a foreign culture may seem difficult, I am reminded of the words of Confucius himself: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” It’s up to us to provide students with opportunities to succeed and to find jobs that they love. The Confucius Classroom is a perfect example of how we’re striving to open doors to a future of achievement on a global scale for our students.
Reaching for the Sky
September 22, 2014
Recently, we paid tribute to the heroic men and women who protect us – and who remind us that our freedom should never be taken for granted. At Wake Tech, we remember the past and honor it by focusing on the future – and striving to make it better. We believe the best way to do that is through our commitment to innovation and higher learning. To remain on the cutting edge in the 21st century, we must continue to grow to meet the changing needs of our students, and we’re doing just that. Most recently, we “topped out” Building F, the newest instructional building on our Northern Wake Campus. This 87,000-square-foot building will soon house a state-of-the-art library and learning commons, classrooms, a tutoring center, and disability support services. It will provide valuable resources and allow us to offer more education and training to students in the northern part of Wake County.
Our expansion would not be possible without the support of this community. The voters of Wake County agreed by a resounding 73% to pass the 2012 bond referendum, providing funds to allow Wake Tech to expand capacity and enhance programs and services. We strive to be good stewards of your tax dollars and to reward your good faith in us by extending our reach to more of the residents of Wake County.
Thank you for supporting Wake Tech – and for allowing us the opportunity to reach for the sky!
A Time to Remember
September 8, 2014
September 11th is always a difficult time, but along with sadness is a deep sense of gratitude for those who devote their lives to keeping us safe. And this week, we remember and honor them.
Wake Tech is committed to providing these courageous first responders with the very best possible training and preparation, and we are proud to be able to serve those who serve us. This Public Safety Education Campus is one of the most advanced public safety training facilities in the country, with specialized labs and other training features to ensure that public safety officials are well prepared for the difficult jobs they do. We offer the very latest in training for the many law enforcement officers, corrections officers, fire and rescue personnel, EMS technicians, and others needed to handle the daunting task of protecting and defending our community. We train thousands of the region’s public safety officials each year, and our programs allow students to train alongside seasoned public safety professionals and benefit from their experience.
On 9/11, and every day, we say thank you to all the heroic men and women who so unselfishly respond to the needs of others – those who run toward danger instead of away from it to preserve our security and quality of life. And we especially remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and their families and loved ones. While we can never repay them, we will always honor and be grateful for their courage and sacrifice.
One Millionth Resident
August 25, 2014
Last week, I announced that the Wake Tech Foundation will provide full scholarships for two very important people: Wake County’s “millionth” residents! Just as our population officially hit the one million mark on Friday, two proud local families welcomed new babies: Anderson Grace Hughes and Skanda Sridhar. These two newborns represent the future of Wake County, North Carolina, and our country – and these scholarships are Wake Tech’s way of investing in that future.
A top-quality education will only become more important in the coming years. A college degree can mean the difference between work and unemployment, between a job that pays $7 an hour and one that pays $17, between just making ends meet and enjoying a fulfilling career with possibilities for advancement. An educated and highly-skilled workforce, in turn, can be the tipping point for a Fortune 500 company trying to decide whether to bring jobs to Wake County or go elsewhere.
Wake Tech enrollment will continue to grow along with the population of our region – and the college will continue to add new facilities and programs to keep up with student demand. Whatever these newest residents choose to do when they reach college age, they will be able to take full advantage of all that Wake Tech has to offer. Whether they decide to earn a two-year degree and go to work, or transfer to a university for more education, they can rest assured they’ll have a seat in class!
August 18, 2014
Welcome back, students and faculty! The start of a new semester is always exciting and energizing – that invigorating feeling you had as a child on the first day of school. I believe that feeling spills over into adulthood. When you go to college, each semester offers a new beginning, a fresh start. As your president, I’m always excited to see the cycle begin again, to welcome students, faculty, and staff and to hear their dreams and plans for a new year. Today’s students dream big, and they expect instant access, quick response times, and immediate interaction – not only from technology but from faculty and staff. I challenge our faculty and staff to meet and exceed those expectations. We’re all passionate about what we do. Now it’s up to us to get better and be faster than ever before, so that we can meet students’ expectations and help them excel. I challenge our students to work their hardest, give their best effort, and look for ways to apply what they learn every day! Have a great semester!