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March 15th, 2010


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College Officials Meet With Congressional Delegation in D.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 15, 2010) - Officials with Wake Technical Community College traveled to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 11 to meet with members of North Carolina's Congressional Delegation. Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott, Vice President Mort Congleton and Sponsored Programs Director Carol Cutler-White requested federal funds for the 2011 federal fiscal year in four key areas: health care training, veterans' services, export development instruction and solar energy production. Meetings were scheduled with the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and Representatives Price, Etheridge, and Miller.

Details of Wake Tech's funding priorities are as follows:

  • $800,000 for the purchase of patient simulators for nursing and other health programs. These simulators are critical for training and supplementing clinical instruction to prepare students as highly skilled professionals.
  • $266,000 for Operation SERVE (Supporting Education for Returning Veterans through Engagement). This coordination of post 9-11 (Montgomery GI Bill®) services creates a pathway to education and employment for veterans.
  • $220,000 for the establishment of a regional export development center at Wake Tech's Western Wake Campus. The Export EDGE (Economic Development through Greater Exports) will help smaller businesses increase export revenues and create jobs.
  • $1.15 million for a 200-kilowatt solar energy panel at Wake Tech's Northern Wake Campus, the first in the nation to be completely constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

Thanks to the support of North Carolina's Congressional Delegation, Wake Tech received two federal appropriations in the 2010 federal budget, including $300,000 for a simulation center and forensics laboratory at the Public Safety Training Center and $400,000 for high-growth occupations such as Green Automotive Technologies and Simulation and Game Development. Costs for the trip will be covered by private funds from the Wake Tech Foundation.

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