• 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...

  • Posted on May 29th, 2014 in successstories

    “I’m appreciative of all the support I have received from the Wake Tech family.”
    - David Roman

    David Roman is a step closer to the political career he’s dreamed about, thanks to hard work and determination – and a little help from friends at Wake Tech. David graduated in May 2014 and immediately caught a train to Washington, D.C., for a summer internship in the office of Representative David Price. That opportunity was not something he expected when he first entered Wake Tech. 

    David came to Wake Tech because he didn’t quite feel ready for university life.. He served as a...

  • Posted on April 16th, 2014 in successstories

    “Wake Tech is steering me in the right direction.”
    - Kumar Chandrashekaran

    Forty-one year old Kumar Chandrashekaran has come a long way from his years growing up in India. He moved to the United States for a better life and spent years working in the culinary industry. But as the manager of a fast food restaurant, and realizing that he had gone as far as he could within that organization, Kumar decided it was time for a change. “I wanted to find a new career,” he says. Some of Kumar’s co-workers had taken classes at Wake Tech and recommended it. “Wake Tech is...

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