Posted on January 21st, 2015 in successstories“I didn’t realize I had this talent!”- Sarah Schwepker
Sarah Schwepker has always had a creative side, but she didn’t realize the scope of her talent until recently. When Sarah enrolled at Wake Tech, she didn’t have a clear idea of which career path she might take. In an art class, she caught the attention of associate professor Kelly Murray: “She wasn’t just going through the motions – I could tell she had a true interest and passion for the arts.” Murray encouraged Sarah to consider Wake Tech’s brand new Associate in Fine Arts degree program...
Posted on December 11th, 2014 in successstories“Programs like STEM Stars and the Honors Program give me extra drive to succeed.”- Monique and Mitchell LaValley
Imagine using the sun to water your garden – Wake Tech engineering students Monique and Mitchell LaValley know how it can be done! Their prototype for a solar-powered engine to distribute water from rain barrels won them the “STEM Stars” title in Wake Tech’s fall 2014 competition. But for this brother and sister team, that victory was about more than glory – or the $500 prize that came with it. It was about new learning experiences and the opportunity to immerse themselves in subjects they...
Posted on October 6th, 2014 in successstories“Wake Tech gave me a community of friends who made me a smarter and stronger leader.”- Kenneth Campbell
When 23-year-old Kenneth Campbell came to Wake Tech in 2012, it was his second time around. He had earned EMT certification at Wake Tech in 2009, but when an EMS job didn’t work out as planned, he decided to return to pursue a degree. Kenneth enrolled in classes and immersed himself in the college community. He joined the Student Government Association, the Disciplinary Grievance Review Committee, among other campus organizations. He also got involved in student activity planning and served...
Posted on August 25th, 2014 in successstories"Without the support of Fostering Bright Futures, I wouldn't be where I am today."- Monica Armstrong
When Monica Armstrong started at Wake Tech in 2008, she knew that earning a college degree would be tougher for her than most. Growing up in foster care, Monica moved from home to home until she turned 18, when she “aged out” of the system and found herself on her own. She enrolled at Wake Tech, but it was even tougher than she had anticipated. “It was extremely hard,” she says.
That’s not surprising, since statistics show that of teens who emerge from the foster care system only 2%...
Posted on July 9th, 2014 in successstories“My life is completely different now.”- Samuel Conner
In 2011, Vietnam Veteran Samuel Conner did something he had always wanted to do. Retired and unemployed, he rode his motorcycle across the country to California, and then joined a veterans group on a ride from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Friends and family encouraged him to write a book about the experience, but he didn’t know where to start, until he took a course at Wake Tech. “It was life-changing for me!” says Sam.
The course, offered by...
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