The mission of Wake Tech’s BEST Division is to provide education and training in Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing and Construction and Design Technologies to prepare students for successful employment and rewarding careers in those fields.
The BEST Division also promotes STEM initiatives and events to enrich students' lives with real-world knowledge and practical experience, supporting them in becoming informed, engaged citizens and good stewards of community resources.
In keeping with Wake Tech's core values, BEST Division courses promote the following:
Wake Tech expects and encourages regular class attendance. Attendance policies are detailed in the college catalog.
Some Building, Engineering and Skilled Technologies Division courses include field trips. Students enrolled in courses with scheduled field trips are expected to attend those trips. Alternative assignments may be made available upon request. Students should consult instructors for further information.
In emergency situations – inclement weather, power outages or any other conditions constituting an emergency situation – the college may delay opening or close for the day. See the college catalog for details.
If inclement weather occurs after the college has opened, closings will be announced by instructors as well as through Wake Tech WARN. All students are encouraged to sign up for alerts to be kept informed of any campus closings.
Students who find it necessary to withdraw from a course can initiate the process as outlined in the college catalog.
Building, Engineering and Skilled Technologies Division programs abide by the academic policies set forth in the college catalog. Please review those policies governing student conduct in the Expectations of Student Conduct on Campus section.
Expectations of students
Students are expected to be actively engaged in and responsible for their own learning:
Education requires an environment that is conducive to learning, and both students and instructors are responsible for creating that environment. It is based on a shared commitment to honesty, truth, fairness, respect and individual integrity.
Students may be asked to sign a statement of academic integrity upon entering class at Wake Tech. Cheating and plagiarism are dishonest and violate the integrity of the academic process. Academic penalties for cheating and plagiarism will be evaluated according to the Student Code of Conduct.
NOTE: Sharing information and collaborating are essential to the academic process – they become violations only when they involve dishonesty.
Instructors should establish clear expectations about collaboration among students. Students should make sure that any work submitted for individual or group assignments is original work. When in doubt about what constitutes cheating or plagiarism, students should contact their instructors promptly for clarification.
Communication and email
Every curriculum student is provided with an official Wake Tech email account through the student portal (my.waketech.edu). This college-issued email account is to be used for all email correspondence with instructors and other college officials. Once the account has been activated, students may choose to redirect their email to a personal account, but be aware that official correspondence from the college – communications from instructors, information about registration or financial aid, etc. – will be sent only to the Wake Tech email address.
Faculty are expected to:
Most classroom issues can be solved with prompt, respectful communication. For a student complaint or grievance, the BEST Division abides by the Student Code of Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities and follows the BEST Division chain of command.
Steps for resolving issues or concerns:
Late adds: Courses may not be added after the end of the drop/add period. Students who have extenuating circumstances should speak to their program directors or department heads before the end of that period.
Prerequisites/co-requisites: Students who have not met prerequisite or co-requisite requirements for any BEST course will not remain registered for that course. Registered students who have transcripts, grades or work experience proving completion of prerequisite or co-requisite requirements must see the program director or department head before the beginning of the semester to obtain an override. Official transcripts must be sent to Wake Tech's Admissions Office to initiate the transcript evaluation process.
Full classes: Wake Tech cannot guarantee any student entry into a class that is full. It is critical that students register as soon as possible. Any student purged from a class due to non-payment will not be guaranteed entry into that class once it is full.
Time conflicts, exceeding retake limits and credit overload: These issues will be resolved on an individual basis. Students should contact their program director or department head.