Workforce Continuing Education
Our mission at the college is to provide equitable access to education that transforms lives through economic mobility and personal fulfillment. We achieve this mission through the multitude of program offerings we provide.
Workforce Continuing Education Registrar
The WCE Registrar oversees all Workforce Continuing Education registration and reporting processes, to ensure accuracy and quality and to comply with NC General Statues, NC State Board of Community Colleges Code, NCCCS Numbered Memoranda, Wake Tech Accountability and Credibility Plan, and Workforce Continuing Education Guidelines.
Any adult (18 years old or older) or any emancipated minor not enrolled in public school may be admitted to a Wake Tech adult education class. Minors (16 or 17 years old) may enroll in some Wake Tech classes; however, minors must register in person on a Wake Tech campus. For more information about admissions and registration for minors, click here.
An interactive course schedule is available at ceregistration.waketech.edu. For more information about Workforce Continuing Education classes, call 919-866-5800.
Wake Technical Community College awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for specific non-credit courses and special activities. A permanent transcript will be established for each non-credit student and updated each time the student completes a non-credit course. One CEU will be awarded for every 10 hours of non-credit instruction; for example, a 66-hour non-credit course earns 6.6 CEUs. CEUs are awarded to students upon satisfactorily completing a non-credit course.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools became the first regional accrediting agency to require that all member institutions use the CEU to document non-credit special activities.
Workforce Continuing Education Transcripts
Students who have taken non-credit classes may request copies of their official transcripts by visiting waketech.edu/student-services/registration-student-records/how-to/order-transcripts.
Unofficial transcripts may be obtained by logging into WebAdvisor, entering a Wake Tech username and password, and clicking on Transcript in the Academic Profile area. Students who do not have a Wake Tech username and password must submit an electronic Student Record Inquiry form.
All classes except Adult High School classes use the S-U system.
|*S||Satisfactory (attended at least 80% of scheduled class hours)|
|**SR||Senior Citizen Audit Grade|
*Individual courses may vary in attendance policy and requirements to attain "Satisfactory" status. Contact appropriate Workforce Continuing Education staff to establish specific requirements.
**CEU's are not awarded with these grades.
|B (85-92)||Above average|
|D (70-77)||Below average|
*Effective Fall 2015 the grading scale for Adult High School classes will be the 10-point grading scale that has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education for public high schools.
All Wake Tech campuses provide numerous workforce continuing education courses and services. Other classes are conducted in surrounding communities or within a particular business or industry in Wake County. Almost any course can and will be organized in other areas of the county when a sufficient number of citizens indicate an interest in having a class brought to a particular location, provided that there's an instructor and suitable facility.
Site locations and abbreviations can be found at
Although course descriptions for workforce continuing education courses are not provided in this publication, examples of the types of courses that are offered are listed. Course descriptions are furnished upon request. Descriptions for classes currently open for registration are listed in the interactive online schedule. Courses may be offered to meet expressed needs of the community when evidence of these needs is presented to the College.
Registration fees are required for Community Service and Occupational Extension Workforce Continuing Education courses (as of July 1, 2013), as follows:
1-24 hours = $70
25-50 hours = $125
51+ hours = $180
Other fees (facility, campus access, technology, or lab fees) may also be required for certain courses.
Fees are set by the NC Legislature and are subject to change without notice.
No registration fees are required for Adult Basic Education programs, High School Equivalency Preparation, Adult High School, or English as a Second Language programs.
Registration fees may be waived for certain classes for fire service, rescue, and law enforcement personnel. Eligibility for fee waiver is contingent on authorized agency affiliation and authorized groups, dictated by North Carolina General Statutes and the State Board of Community College Code.
Self-supporting classes have a pro-rated cost per individual or group and are not eligible for fee waiver.
High School Equivalency Testing Fees
GED® and HiSET® are the high school equivalency tests currently offered at Wake Tech’s Beltline Education Center. The GED® (www.myged.com), a four-part, computer-based test, costs $80 total or $20 per section. The HiSET® (www.hiset.ets.org), a five-part, paper-based test, costs $75 total or $15 per section. Testing fees must be paid through the test vendor websites at the time of registration using a debit or credit card or voucher. All sections of either exam must be passed to earn the credential.
Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made in writing by the student (no exceptions) to the Workforce Continuing Education Registrar’s Office. To request a refund, please click here.
- A 100% refund will be given if the student officially withdraws from the class (by written request) before the first class meeting.
- A 75% refund will be given if the student officially withdraws from the class (by written request) on or before the 10-percent date of scheduled hours. Community school, facility, and lab fees are non-refundable.
For classes for which the college collects receipts that are not required to be deposited into the State Treasury account, the college will adopt local refund policies.
A full refund will be given for classes canceled by the college. Students do not have to request these refunds.
Students may transfer from one course to another during a given semester as long as neither course has passed the 10% point of total scheduled course hours. Students must request transfer in writing by completing a Course Transfer Request form (Wake Tech Form #980) or sending an email to the Workforce CE Registrar at [email protected]. Requests received after the 10% point will not be considered, and a refund will not be given.
The Wake Technical Community College Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency Preparation (HSEP), Adult High School (AHS) and English as Second Language (ESL) College and Career Readiness (CCR) programs are educational programs for adults, aged 16 ½ years old or older, not currently enrolled in school, and who meet one of the following criteria:
- do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent
- have a high school diploma or its equivalent, however, their English or academic skills are below the high school level
All participants must demonstrate the ability to benefit from the program by successfully completing one of the following pre-tests approved by the United States Department of Education: TABE, CASAS, or BEST. Students unable to complete the pre-test may be admitted to the program at a future date once they are able to complete the pre-test.
Once enrolled, educational progress in the College and Career Readiness program is expected and defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, which indicates students will demonstrate improvement in literacy skill levels in reading, writing, and speaking the English language, numeracy, problem-solving, English language acquisition, and other literacy skills. Improvements must be sufficient enough to move students to higher placement/educational functioning levels.
Students who do not demonstrate movement to higher placement levels on College and Career Readiness tests (TABE, CASAS, or BEST) after one year from the date of enrollment, may be dropped from the Wake Tech program and referred to other agencies. For students with a diagnosed intellectual disability, a level improvement must be demonstrated within two program years or they may be dropped from the Wake Tech program and referred to other agencies.
College and Career Readiness programs include Adult Basic Education (ABE), ABE Transitional Opportunities for Post-Secondary Success (TOPS), High School Equivalency Preparation (HSEP), Adult High School (AHS), and English as a Second Language (ESL). These programs are offered throughout Wake County for the primary purposes of helping adults:
- Improve math, reading, writing, and technology skills for the purposes of pursuing post-secondary education, employment, or advancement in the workplace
- Earn a high school equivalency diploma
- Learn English as a second language
- Explore career options
Adult Basic Education (ABE) is designed to assist individuals who want to improve their skills to enter or advance in the workplace and/or prepare for enrollment in one of the College’s high school equivalency completion programs.
There are no fees or charges of any kind. All materials have been especially prepared for adults. Students enrolled in ABE classes are taught from the following content standards using contextualized teaching practices:
- Career Exploration
The High School Equivalency Preparation program offers instruction for adults who are preparing for high school equivalency exams. Instruction covers high school level reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies skills. Students may prepare for the exam at various locations throughout Wake County, or by enrolling in Wake Tech’s online HSEP programs. Tuition is free, and course materials are provided for students.
Those achieving a passing score on all sections of the HSEP exams receive a high school equivalency diploma from the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. The high school equivalency diploma is generally recognized for college admission and employment.
The Adult High School Diploma is offered through a cooperative agreement between Wake Tech and the Wake County Board of Education, with Wake Tech serving as administering agency. Adult High School provides academic courses in a lab setting or online. Students are placed in English, mathematics, social studies, science, and elective courses based on their high school transcripts. Students are awarded an adult high school diploma upon completion of required North Carolina high school courses.
The Adult High School diploma is offered at the Beltline Education Center. While enrolled in this program, students may be dually enrolled in select curriculum pathway courses as they work on their high school completion diploma.
The Pathfinder Career Exploration Program is designed for adults with intellectual disabilities or those who want to achieve a higher level of independence by building academic, social, vocational, and life skills. the Pathfinder Career Exploration Program is specifically for adults who need additional educational opportunities and employment readiness. This is a year-round program, and documentation of an intellectual disability is not required to enroll. All interested participants must demonstrate the ability to benefit from the program by taking the CASAS pre-test. Students unable to complete the pre-test may be admitted to the program at a future date after successfully completing it.
For more information or to make an appointment for orientation and testing, call 919-334-1507.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are designed for people whose native language is not English. The ESL program focuses on increasing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills – and prepares students to live, work, and continue their post-secondary education in the United States. Instructors assist students with workplace skills, community interaction, cultural enrichment, and professional and academic advancement. Classes are also offered in Expanding Reading and Vocabulary, Citizenship, Career Awareness, and Workplace.
The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education, to Wake Technical Community College. The purpose of the HEP grant is to provide migrant and seasonal farm workers and their immediate families the instruction and support services necessary to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma and subsequently, to gain upgraded employment, be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other post secondary education or training, or enter the military.
HEP operates in partnership with other community organizations throughout the state of North Carolina.
The BioNetwork Capstone Center provides affordable, high-quality, hands-on training in biotechnology, biomanufacturing, and biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical operations in a simulated industrial (cGMP) environment. The BioNetwork Capstone Center is situated in the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University. It provides a training environment that mirrors a biomanufacturing plant facility with state-of-the-art classrooms, industrial-grade equipment laboratories, and a certified cleanroom suite.
The BioNetwork Capstone Center serves:
- Incumbent workers
- New hires
- Workers in job transition
- Community college and college students enrolled in the life sciences, especially in biotechnology-related degree and certificate programs. (The center provides an invaluable extended hands-on learning experience.)
- College/university and community college faculty
Four certificates are offered by the BioNetwork Capstone Center. Courses can be taken individually and focus on critical skill sets in areas important to biomanufacturing: good manufacturing practices (GMP), aseptic manufacturing, operations in biotechnology processes, industrial microbiology, good laboratory practices (GLP), HPLC, and validation.
- BioNetwork Capstone Certificate in Biomanufacturing
- BioNetwork Capstone Certificate in Analytical Lab Skills
- BioNetwork Capstone Certificate for Instrumentation/Calibration Technicians in Support of Biomanufacturing
- BioNetwork Capstone Certificate in Computer Validation
Corporate and Business Solutions provides training options that are virtually limitless, as they are designed by the client. Working with you and our staff, we will create a training plan to meet your company’s unique needs – and get results you can measure. Training can range from highly-technical skill-building programs to broader professional development sessions.
Training is delivered in a variety of formats. Let our training solutions make a positive difference for your company or organization.
Wake Tech is an accredited institution of higher learning offering high-quality courses that qualify for company tuition assistance programs. If your company offers this generous benefit, please visit our website and explore the wide array of courses our Corporate and Business Solutions Division can offer.
Learn more: corporatesolutions.waketech.edu.
Wake Tech has been designated by the North Carolina Community College System as a center for formal apprenticeship training. We assist companies' customized apprenticeship training programs by providing the instructional component of the apprenticeship experience.
Wake Tech assists area industry with a full range of courses to train and retrain employees so that they remain competitive and up to date on industry standards. These courses are available at Wake Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing Center or on site at company locations.
Customized Training Program (CTP)
Wake Tech's customized training programs support North Carolina's economic development initiatives by providing training assistance for eligible business and industries. The programs enhance the growth potential of these companies and increase retention of the existing industry base while equipping North Carolina’s workforce with the skills for successful employment in emerging industries.
HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT (HRD)
Human Resources Development (HRD) provides assessment services, employability training, and career development counseling to unemployed and underemployed individuals, age 18 and older, to prepare them for success in the workplace. Training focuses on helping students obtain and perform successfully in entry-level jobs; it is based on national skills standards, assessments, and certifications that enhance participants' ability to compete effectively in the high-tech, high-performance, global economy. Courses are designed to enhance skills and improve employment prospects. Class times and total contact hours vary.
Employability Skills Training is the centerpiece of HRD training, the core training component around which the other four revolve. Employability Skills Training includes job preparation, job-seeking skills, job-keeping skills, lifelong learning, and life skills. Learn more at hrd.waketech.edu.
NONCREDIT COMPUTER EDUCATION
The goals of the Noncredit Computer Education Department are to enrich personal and workplace computer skills and to enhance opportunities for employment and job advancement.
The department consists of Workforce Continuing Education classes taught at various campus sites and online. Learn more about our certification programs and explore the trends at computertechnology.waketech.edu.
LANGUAGES AND LIFELONG LEARNING
The Languages and Lifelong Learning Department provides language instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Classes focus on helping students build language skills for personal enrichment and enhanced employment opportunities; as such, it allows them to learn about the world.
Command Spanish is non-grammar-based training designed to help employees use limited amounts of everyday Spanish to meet the needs of their employers and the community. The training gives employers a practical way to offer professional development to their employees.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CORPORATE TRAINING
Wake Tech offers a variety of courses to meet the supervisory and managerial needs of business and industry. Our courses help professionals increase proficiency and gain new skills to enhance competency and marketability. Participants can select from our many program areas and build the knowledge and skills to become effective members of their organizations.
Professional Development courses are available in the following areas:
- Leadership, Management, and Supervision
- Writing and Communication
- Organizational Improvement and Analysis
- Professional Certifications
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Wake Tech's Distance Learning programs enhance the learning experience and increase student success overall. The programs succeed by 1) partnering with leading educational organizations such as Education-to-Go (ed2go), CareerStep and other platforms to deliver instruction online, and 2) providing relevant courses and quality instruction. Wake Tech has a reputation for quality and for the strength of its faculty; online courses make these resources available to a greater number of students.
Wake Tech's PLUS 50 initiative offers classes and events to help adults zero in on a new career, plan for retirement, or simply enjoy this stage of life. Although these classes are designed for those 50 and older, everyone is welcome. Participants can learn new skills, enhance their resumes, maintain health and wellness, or start new hobbies! Learn more at plusfifty.waketech.edu.
Substitute Effective Teacher Training
This program helps prospective substitute teachers develop instructional preparation; learn time management and presentation skills, discipline strategies, and hands-on activities for the classroom; and become familiar with NC school laws and all levels of administrative expectations.
Note: Effective November 2012, an applicant must have completed a minimum of 48 semester hours from an accredited college or university to be considered for substitute teaching. Substitute Effective Teacher Training will no longer be sufficient for meeting minimum requirements.
The Occupational Services Division is comprised of departments that provide high quality training to meet the workforce needs of the service industries in Wake County.
Workforce Allied Health: Training for entry-level employment in a healthcare setting; including courses to prepare students for higher-level nursing degree pathways. Training courses include, but are not limited to: Nurse Aide I (NAI), Nurse Aide II (NAII) and Nurse Aid Refresher. All courses are approved by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation. The Medical Occupations service area prepares students to perform clerical and administrative duties in medical settings. Courses include, but are not limited to: Medical Terminology, Healthcare Billing & Coding, Medical Office Assistance, Electronic Health Records and EKG Monitor Technician. Students can be prepared for certification testing in their respective areas.
The Hospitality Training Department trains individuals in food service, lodging, and travel information. Primary objectives are to provide hospitality industry employers with well-trained personnel and to help individuals develop skills that will qualify them for greater employment opportunities. Hospitality training is arranged and scheduled in accordance with the needs of the industry. Courses include, but are not limited to: Barista & Café, Hospitality Certification Program, ServSafe, Start a Food Truck Business, Bartending, Housekeeping, Certified Pool Operator, Activity Coordinator for Long Term Care Facility and Commercial Food Equipment Repair.
Corrections Education is delivered to immured individuals who have been assigned to Wake County facilities by the NC Department of Public Safety and the Wake County Sheriff's Department. The primary purpose of the program is to increase the safety of the general public by reducing recidivism via educational and vocational training.
BioWork is a 128-hour certificate course. Students who complete the course are equipped with entry-level skills required for becoming a process technician for a biotechnology, pharmaceutical or chemical-manufacturing company.
BioWork is intended for high school graduates, for those in manufacturing industries who have lost their job, and for those interested in starting new careers.
Career Pathways Program & Student Resources
The Career Pathways Program & Student Resources Department is a Workforce Continuing Education strategy design to develop students’ academic, technical, and employability skills while offering services and resources to assist them in overcoming barriers that may impede their successful completion of the course and subsequent transition (back) into the workforce. Career coaches work closely with program coordinators and resource agencies to ensure program compliance and student success.
The Professional Services & Vocational Training division provides continuous workforce training for adults aspiring to advance or start new careers and trades. The division’s top priority is enriching the lives of adults by providing the education and practical experience necessary to excel in specific careers. Classroom instruction is combined with practical experience to prepare students for NC State Board exams and actual scenarios encountered on the job. Students have opportunities to gain certifications and training that will put them on the fast track to employment.
Vocational training classes provide development in programs such as Electrical Wiring, HVAC, Apartment Maintenance, Automotive detailing, Healthcare Facilities Manager and many others. Basic computer skills and software training classes are also taught in Spanish.
Programs and courses include:
- Automotive Repair
- Automotive Safety
- Building Trades
- Machine Trades and Welding
- On-Board Diagnostic Emission Certification
Training for these WCE programs can be completed in three (3) months or less:
- Building Envelope Specialist
- Building Envelope Specialist Exam
- Residential Building Analysis
- Residential Building Analysis Exam
- Agribusiness and Sustainable Farming for the Family
- NC Barber Instructor Exam Prep
- Shampoo Technician Certification
Training for these WCE programs can be completed in six (6) months or less:
- Natural Hair Specialist
- Community Gardening/Intermediate Community Gardening/Advanced Gardening Concepts
Training for these WCE programs can be completed in 12 months or less:
- Workforce Continuing Education Cosmetology Program
The following program areas provide training for public safety personnel and others who wish to increase competencies in specialized occupational areas.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS)
These courses are designed to meet the needs of local emergency services agencies, healthcare providers, and the public, with an emphasis on emergency patient care in pre-clinical settings. EMS training also includes health education courses for those interested in healthcare and related institutions or retraining.
FIRE SERVICE TRAINING
Fire Service Training is delivered directly to local fire departments, allowing personnel to learn with the actual equipment they will use in controlling fires. Classes include those listed below along with related classes in industrial brigade training, home fire safety, and search and rescue:
- CPR & First Aid
- Fire Hoses / Extinguishers
- Fire Officer I & II
- Instructor I & II
- Rescue Techniques
- EMR courses
LAW ENFORCEMENT IN-SERVICE TRAINING
In-service training for law enforcement personnel is provided at the request of law enforcement agencies. Training emphasizes legal and technological law enforcement advancements. Programs include Criminal Investigation and the Police Law Institute, as well as those listed below:
- Radar / SMI
- Simunitions / Force on Force
- General Instructor
- Personal Protective Services
- Criminal Investigation
- Police Law Institute
- Legal Update (Arrest, Search & Seizure)
- Narcotics Detection / Investigations
- Accident Reconstruction
BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING (BLET)
This program is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments or with private enterprise. The program covers topics and uses instructional methods mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. Topics include but are not limited to criminal, juvenile, civil, motor vehicle, and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses; and community relations. The course is filled with practical exercises, and an extensive ethics section is woven throughout the training experience.
The Wake Tech BLET Academy offers the state commission-mandated 620 hour program along with an additional 124 hours of training, for a total of 744 hours. The additional hours include officer survival, public speaking, and other law enforcement-related training.
To qualify for the program, students must meet the Minimum Standards for the Certification of Law Enforcement Officers Administrative Code 12 NCAC 9B .0101/9B .0111 and Admission of trainees 12 NCAC 09B .0203 ADMISSION OF TRAINEES.
Cadets completing the Academy are eligible to take the state comprehensive written exam and skills testing. Upon successful completion of the BLET State Comprehensive Written Examination, the Cadet has one year to be duly appointed and sworn as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina.
CORRECTIONS AND DETENTION TRAINING
In-service corrections and detention training is provided for Department of Correction personnel at the request of the department. Training emphasizes officer safety and inmate security and includes courses such as the following:
- Supervisory / Leadership and Mentoring
- Gang Awareness & Identification
- Report Writing
- Promotional Examination Preparation
- Investigative & Interviewing Techniques
- Spanish For Corrections / Detention Personnel
Wake Tech's Small Business Center helps people start and grow their business.
Open to any resident within Wake County, we offer:
- Seminars/Workshops/Webinars that cover the basics of starting and growing a business.
- One-on-one confidential business counseling with a plan customized for a business owner from startup to success.
- A Resource Library to assist business owners.
- Access to business planning and financial projections software and industry data reports.
- Connections to lenders and sources of capital.
Free of charge. Sign up and learn more at sbc.waketech.edu
Part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina. Learn more at https://www.ncsbc.net/.
This partnership between Wake Tech and Wells Fargo aims to enhance the entrepreneurial climate in Wake County by introducing and supporting projects and initiatives that increase the success rate of new and established entrepreneurial ventures.
Learn more at http://entrepreneurship.waketech.edu.