Dr. Stephen C. Scott is the third president in Wake Tech’s history. His personal focus is on continuous improvement through a process called Applied Benchmarking.
Commencement: Reaching Higher
Graduation has always been one of my favorite events at Wake Tech, and I’m proud of our spring 2016 class – all 1,641 of them!
Our graduates can be proud, too, as they reflect on how they reached this important milestone. They came to Wake Tech to learn and to follow dreams, and they’re leaving with the knowledge and skills to realize those dreams – to find careers that are rewarding and meaningful.
This year’s graduates will take their places at the forefront of a highly-skilled workforce that our communities need and that today’s (and tomorrow’s) industries demand. Companies move to the Triangle region to find competent workers who are up on the latest techniques and technologies, and Wake Tech is doing its part to make sure workers have those skills and credentials. We’re training a workforce in high-demand fields such as health care, information technology, biotech, and “niche” industries such as business analytics, data storage and virtualization, and simulation and game development. We want local and regional employers to know that Wake Tech graduates are ready to go to work and that they are qualified to meet – and exceed – expectations.
Graduation is the culmination of much hard work, but it’s also a reminder to reach higher to remain on the leading edge as technology rapidly changes. At Wake Tech, we’re continuing to add resources and expand facilities to meet the growing needs of our community, and I know that this year’s graduates stand ready to meet the challenges ahead.
Voters in Wake County and North Carolina took a major step in improving our state’s infrastructure by overwhelmingly supporting the Connect NC bond.
On behalf of Wake Tech’s trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students, I want to say thank you! With Connect NC funds, we will make repairs and complete renovations, enhancing our infrastructure to allow us to serve students and the community more effectively. By voting yes, you have demonstrated your support for our mission: to improve and enrich lives by meeting the lifelong education, training, and workforce development needs of the communities we serve; to promote individual success in the workplace and in higher education; and to increase entrepreneurship as well as cultural, social, and economic development.
We would not be able to meet the needs of Wake County’s rapidly-growing population without your support for higher education. Thank you for sharing in our mission. We look forward to continuing to serve this community by giving our students the skills and tools they need to compete in our evolving economy.
Connect NC: Investing in Our Future
On March 15, North Carolinians will vote on a bond that has the potential to reshape our state through investments in the university and community college systems. The goal is to support statewide capital improvements in education, parks, public safety, plant sciences, agriculture, and sewer infrastructure.
More than two-thirds of the Connect NC bond will fund critical improvements in higher education – including $350 million for upgrades at all 58 of our state’s community colleges. If approved, Wake Tech will receive $12.6 million for badly-needed facility renovations and technology upgrades.
With bond funds, we’ll modernize the training laboratories where students learn welding, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing – and prepare to fill an expanding skills gap in the workforce. We’ll improve accessibility to enhance the learning experience for all students, and to bring our Main and Perry Health Sciences campuses into full compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. Safety improvements will include replacing fire alarms and security cameras, which will be digital and fully integrated into our current system. Network upgrades will enhance e-learning, improving access to computer-based courses and programs for the growing number of students who attend Wake Tech online.
It’s been 15 years since voters last approved a bond focused on our state’s infrastructure, and in that time, North Carolina has grown by two million people!
I believe Connect NC is an opportunity to invest in our future – by making sure students have the tools and skills to compete in our evolving economy. No tax increases are necessary to finance the bond!