Evaluate your interests and aptitudes, as well as workforce demand. High school students should be working on this with their career development counselor during their junior and senior years. If not, Wake Tech's Career Services Office can help you. Online resources, such as Mind Tools, can also help, although interpreting and applying the results objectively may require professional assistance.
Here are the steps for admission:
February or March is the ideal time to apply for a Fall semester start, as Wake Tech begins Fall registration in April.
Complete the FAFSA six to eight weeks before the registration/payment deadline and keep in touch with the Financial Aid Office to make sure they have all the necessary information to put an aid package together for you. Scholarships are available through the Wake Tech Foundation; the application period is March 1 through April 30.
Students should meet with an academic advisor before their first semester to discuss their educational and career goals and to make sure the courses they take put them on the right path. The placement testing process emphasizes past performance so that a high school graduate is enrolled in classes based on his or her grades (unweighted) in high school, unless there is proof for higher placement.
New Student Orientation includes the following:
Students are expected to take the initiative to solve problems. Here are various resources available at Wake Tech:
Registration & Records has created a video to walk students through the process of how to plan and register for a course.
Here are some other helpful links:
First day of class
Students are given access to Blackboard, Wake Tech's online learning system, on the first day of class. Course goals, objectives, assignments and other material can be found there.
Students are expected to attend at least 90% of all scheduled class meetings, both online and in person.
The BEST welcome letter that was sent to your Wake Tech address includes instructions on how to obtain a refund if you withdraw from a class or how to give parents or others access to your personal information.
Schedule adjustment (adding/dropping classes)
First month of class
Last day to withdraw
Currently, there is no formal advising period. But when the "schedule opens" is the time when students and advisors decide which courses should be taken during the next term(s). The program planning guides (PPGs) are the recommended sequencing of required courses and are available on the BEST website. It's best to communicate with your advisor or program director before registering to make sure you are making proper choices, especially if you are modifying the PPG sequencing. Part-time schedules are available from your advisor.
About 10 days after the "schedule open" date, the registration period for the following term begins.
There are typically two payment deadlines for tuition and fees: one immediately after the initial registration period and another just before the next term begins. Students who might have difficulty paying tuition could have it broken up into two or three payments by enrolling in Wake Tech's Tuition Payment Plan.
Academic Success Workshops are designed to help students develop successful college study habits. By signing up for various interactive workshops on campus, you will learn how to become a better college student by learning study strategies and tips to reach your academic goals.
The Individualized Learning Center Study Skills Center assists students in developing the skills for success in college. Students can make individual appointments or attend workshops on topics such as test-taking skills, test anxiety, note taking, textbook reading, time management, organization and more. The ILC also offers a personalized Learning Styles inventory to help students identify their personal learning strengths and weaknesses.
A student's faculty advisor is a program instructor who is assigned, usually during the student's first term, to assist with scheduling and registration. Academic advisors in Student Services assist with admissions and during the first semester.
Students should contact their faculty advisors each semester to ensure that they are:
Instructions for Self-Service:
If you have not been assigned a faculty advisor, contact your program director:
Wake Tech provides students with a variety of resources:
Services Directory – An alphabetized list of resources, locations and phone numbers
Care Center – A resource for Student Success Coaches, emergency aid, food and technology assistance and Wellness Services
Student Support – Links to Academic Advising, Disability Support Services, Registration and Records, Career Services and other departments that can provide academic, technology and career assistance
Frequently used sites
*Contact your instructor for a referral to the ILC, if possible. The instructor will be able to help identify areas needing assistance.
The Registrar’s Office provides links to registration dates and payment deadlines, forms, graduation and transfer credit equivalency, along with how-to information and calendars showing deadlines for withdrawing or dropping classes, semester start and end dates and other details.
Choosing between an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program and a program that leads to either an Associate in Engineering (AE) degree involves several variables.
The following programs have articulation agreements for transfer:
Articulation agreement information shows transfer options for all Wake Tech programs
Assistance from Disability Support Services depends entirely on a student's self-identification. Students must ask for assistance with disability-related issues.
Information about documentation, when and where to submit forms and the processing procedure – as well as other important information – can be found at DSS.
Apprenticeships offer students valuable opportunities for employment in their career fields while pursuing their education at Wake Tech. Students sign an apprenticeship agreement with an employer sponsor. Their tuition is paid either by the employer sponsor or by funds available through ApprenticeshipNC. Check with ApprenticeshipNC or Apprenticeship.gov for more information.
Financial aid is available in several formats for students who qualify. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance at least six weeks before the semester or term begins. A student intending to begin the Fall semester should begin the application process no later than April 10. A student intending to begin Spring semester should begin no later than October 15. Financial aid applications are processed only when all paperwork has been submitted, and the process takes at least four weeks to complete.
Hardship assistance: Students who have circumstances that prevent them from attending or completing classes can apply for up to $250 in aid through funding from Duke Energy. Students may apply only once during the 2022-23 academic year and must have a 2.0 grade point average to be eligible.
Scholarship opportunities are described on the Wake Tech Foundation website.
Sponsorships are arranged through direct company contact and approval. Agreements usually specify a work period obligation following graduation.
The Care Center is a resource for students who need emergency financial assistance, as well as help with food, technology, transportation and wellness needs.
Work-Based Learning (WBL) offers opportunities for eligible students to gain work experience in their career fields and earn course credits at the same time. Most BEST degrees offer WBL as elective credit. Typically, only students in Associate in Applied Science degree programs have WBL options, but there are some exceptions. Students should talk with their advisors about the best time to pursue work-based learning.
Final course grades indicate the quality of student work. A student must earn a grade point average of 2.0 – a "C" average – to graduate, receive financial aid and veterans benefits and transfer credit to other schools.
Employers often look at grades when deciding the best candidates for employment. Class and lab performance, a good attendance record and a strong work ethic are also important factors in consideration for jobs.
A student must attend 90% of class time in order to get credit for a course. Course content is standardized across the system, so English or math or engineering courses taught at Wake Tech are the same as those courses taught at any other North Carolina community college. Standardization makes it possible to transfer course credit within the community college system.
Each final course grade earns a given number of quality points: A = 4 points (excellent), B = 3 points (very good), C = 2 points (average), D = 1 point (poor), F = 0 points (failure/no credit)
For more information about calculating GPA, see the college catalog.
One poor grade is not necessarily a disaster if other grades are above average; however, one poor grade can drop an overall average below 2.0, with the consequences of blocking graduation, financial aid and transfer credit. Similarly, one mistake on the job will not necessarily cause you to lose your job, but continuous poor performance (tardiness, absences and errors) could result in a warning or job loss.
Consequences of poor grades
Registering for a course is like signing a contract. The college agrees to provide instruction, and the student agrees to commit to learning the information. Good grades are not awarded automatically for attending class, only for performance in class and lab, completion of assignments and test scores. A grade of "C" is considered satisfactory or average.
When a student's performance is consistently below average, his or her academic standing is in danger. An Academic Warning alerts a student that changes must be made while there is still time to improve performance and grades.
It is important to plan adequate study time. Students often make the mistake of "overloading" their schedules. A full course load is equivalent to a 40-hour-a-week job.
Students often look only at class and lab hours when registering; however, BEST students are expected to study from one to three hours for each hour spent in class or lab. Online or hybrid courses may require even more study time, since the learning is self-directed.
A weekly planner can help students map out classes and study time and identify whether a full course load is practical.