Wake Tech Rocks!
April 14th, 2015
New Outdoor Geology Lab Unveiled
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2015) - Wake Tech unveiled a unique learning environment today – a collection of boulders representing North Carolina’s varied geological makeup. This hands-on laboratory, appropriately named “Mountains to the Sea Outdoor Geology Lab Pathway,” was dedicated at Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus. Three years in the making, the lab includes 14 boulders collected by faculty members from 11 quarry sites across the state. Martin Marietta donated the boulders as part of a multi-year gift to Wake Tech.
Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott expressed gratitude for the support that has made the one-of-a-kind learning environment possible: “Thanks to Ward Nye, Chairman and CEO at Martin Marietta, and his team we have been able to make the dream of an outdoor geology lab a reality for our students. This lab will add another dimension to the study of geology here at Wake Tech and in Wake County!
“We’re delighted to be part of what you are building here at Wake Tech,” said Nye. “The college produces skilled workers, and that benefits not only our company, but our community as well.’’
The outdoor lab will provide students with a hands-on learning experience to reinforce classroom education in geology. Faculty members also plan to create an audio tour, a video tour, and an interactive website. The lab is a generous gift from manufacturing giant Martin Marietta, an avid supporter and vital community partner of Wake Tech. Partnerships such as this one allow Wake Tech to provide resources and services that enhance instruction and enrich student life.