• Posted on May 23rd, 2017 in successstories

    "I wanted to make something of myself."
    - Justin Johnson, Class of 2017

    Justin Johnson was on track to graduate from high school when circumstances threw a wrench into his plans. He dropped out of school to go to work, to help support his family. He worked odd jobs for years before deciding to get his GED at Wake Tech. “I wanted to make something of myself,” he says.

    Justin earned his GED, but he wasn’t ready to stop there. He wanted to further his education and decided to enroll in Wake Tech’s plumbing program. Why plumbing? “It was hands-on,” he says, “...

  • Posted on February 28th, 2017 in successstories

    “Wake Tech worked best for me!”
    - Dominique Gonzalez, Class of 2014

    Dominique Gonzalez believes every day should be “a good hair day”! Her career as a stylist has blossomed since she graduated from Wake Tech’s Cosmetology program – and she’s now her own boss. 

    Dominique’s passion for her work began when she lived in New York City. Finding she had a natural talent for styling hair, she learned everything she could from local stylists. But when city life began to lose its flair, she moved to North Carolina, and spent several years in customer...

  • Posted on January 11th, 2017 in successstories

    “Wake Tech is one of the best schools to help you find your way.”
    - Abdou Ndiaye, Class of 2013

    Abdou Ndiaye’s ambitions have grown since he came to the U.S. from West Africa. His education and determination helped him succeed and have shaped who he is today.

    Abdou didn’t let a limited understanding of English and American culture deter him from creating a new life. He says he practiced pronunciation by watching himself in a mirror, and eventually he gained enough confidence in his communication skills to apply to Wake Tech. “It was the right fit,” he says. “I knew Wake...

  • Posted on December 9th, 2016 in successstories

    "This type of class has the potential to change a lot of lives, and it definitely changed mine."
    - Joe M.

    He’s an American hero. Joe M. suffered a severe brain injury serving in the military overseas. His disability made a career as a police officer more challenging that it already was, so he decided to pursue a new career. But coming back to school would not be easy.

    “It was scary – the thoughts of coming to campus, crowds, finding parking,” Joe says. “I didn’t know if I could do it.”

    Not overly tech-savvy, Joe decided to try an online class – Psychology 150. But this was no...

  • Posted on October 6th, 2016 in successstories

    “I could have been just another high school dropout. At Wake Tech, I learned how to be an author – and now I’m published and I have a book deal!”
    - Heather Leah, Class of 2007

    Thirty-four-year-old Heather Leah has accomplished a lot: She’s a published author who co-founded a non-profit, and she also serves as marketing director for a Raleigh creative arts school. Her success, she says, is no accident.   

    In high school, Heather dreamed of becoming a writer but dropped out of school after a counselor told her that dream was not realistic. She was not at all ready to give up on her education, however. Heather enrolled in Wake Tech’s Adult High...

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