• 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...

  • Posted on June 17th, 2014 in successstories

    “Wake Tech laid the foundation for my career and changed my life.”
    - Aaron Stumb

    Aaron Stumb is cooking up quite a reputation as executive chef at Durham’s highly-successful Mez Contemporary Mexican Restaurant! He’s been running the kitchen at Mez, part of the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, since it opened six years ago, and he also teaches classes at Southern Season in Chapel Hill.  Before joining Mez, Aaron learned all about kitchen management while working for a national corporate restaurant group. He also worked at several Triangle restaurants – but his first...

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