Student-Related Services & Activities
Our vision is to eliminate barriers and create opportunities that enable all students to experience success. Our actions are guided by these values:
- The well-being of all students
- Innovation in problem solving
- The positive affirmation of student achievement
- Professionalism and ethical behavior
- Cooperative and collaborative efforts that include enthusiasm, respect, and humor
Our mission is to advance the overall mission of the college by providing programs and services that foster academic success, student development, and campus community.
All Wake Tech curriculum programs, as well as Workforce Continuing Education’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Barbering programs, are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for use of G.I. Bill® benefits. Students who are currently serving on active duty, retired, Ready Reservists, North Carolina National Guard members, spouses and children of deceased or 100-percent disabled veterans or dependents in receipt of transferred Post 9/11 G.I. Bill entitlement, are all classified as "Veteran Students." Veterans who wish to use their G.I. Bill education benefits must first establish their eligibility with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans separated from service with an Honorable Discharge usually qualify for education benefits which provide, in general, 36 months of full-time training.
Veterans who have served on active duty on or after September 10, 2001, may be eligible for Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. More information about how to apply for these benefits is available online.
Active duty military personnel are also eligible for education benefits under the G.I. Bill. Interested persons should contact their duty station Education Officer for details before applying for admission to the college.
Veterans will not be certified for VA benefits until all entrance/admissions criteria are met. Wake Tech Certifying Officials require "official" transcripts from high school and all other institutions of higher learning to expedite the certification process. Additionally, we request copies of the DD-214 and VA Certificate of Eligibility. Reservist and members of the National Guard are asked to submit the Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). Veterans using GI Bill benefits are encouraged to apply for Federal Financial Aid. Veterans attending Wake Tech under the G.I. Bill receive a monthly reimbursement from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The reimbursement is based on course load; for example, a veteran carrying a full-time load would be eligible for the full benefit. To receive the full benefit, the veteran must be enrolled at the full time rate for the particular semester. Veterans should contact a Wake Tech VA Certifying Official, located on Southern Wake Campus in the Student Services Building, Suite 143, or Scott Northern Wake Campus, Building C, room 206, for more information.
Per Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e), any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is permitted to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
VA SAP policy
Per federal regulations, a veteran student’s cumulative GPA must be reviewed at the end of each semester of attendance, including summer. As such, a veteran student failing to receive a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of a semester will have their ability to use GI Bill benefits place on probationary status. A veteran student failing to meet the required 2.0 standard at the end of the next term in attendance will have their VA enrollment terminated and benefits temporary suspended. Enrollment certification will not be restored until GPA standards are met, or upon approval of a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal (SAP) application.
Any changes to a veteran's enrollment must be immediately reported to Wake Tech Veteran Services. Veteran students dropped or withdrawn for any reason will be immediately reported to the VA, and appropriate adjustments will be made. Reporting delays or omissions can adversely affect future benefit payments.
- The course or courses are required by their current program of study.
- The veteran has met with the VA Certifying Official to discuss policies and procedures before registering for a course.
- The veteran has reviewed the Distance Education Student Self-Assessment on the Wake Tech website (or in the schedule of classes) to determine if suited for distance learning.
NOTE: There is no additional charge for enrolling in non-traditional courses, however, online remedial courses cannot be certified for GI Bill benefits unless otherwise specified by the VA.
Wake Technical Community College will waive the 12 month state residency requirement for any student who meets the following criteria as outlined in NC Senate Bill 478:
1) The veteran student has applied and enrolled in Wake Technical Community College within three years of the veteran’s discharge or release from the Armed Forces, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
2) The veteran student qualifies for and uses educational benefits pursuant to 38 U.S.C. Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I.Bill® or 38 U.S.C. Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), as administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This includes veteran students in receipt of Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Transfer of Entitlement.
3) The student resides in North Carolina.
A Veterans Priority Registration (VPR) system has been established to allow veterans using GI Bill® benefits to register for courses before the general registration period opens. If you have completed less than two (2) semesters here at Wake Tech, you will be required to attend a mandatory information session to receive VPR. Contact Veterans Services for more information.
Formal complaint policy
Any veteran student may submit a complaint through the GI Bill Feedback Tool if Wake Tech fails to follow the Principles of Excellence. You can submit a complaint for yourself or anonymously on behalf of someone who does not wish to be identified. You will need to identify which education benefit you’re using, select an issue category, and provide your complaint in a narrative with the desired outcome. You will also be asked to identify the school and provide your contact information. VA will review the following types of complaint:
Quality of Education
Financial Issues (e.g. Tuition/Fee charges)
Release of transcripts
Transfer of Credits
Post-Graduation Job Opportunities
Change in Degree Plan/Requirements
Complaints are sent from VA to Wake Tech Veteran Services for our review and to provide a response to your complaint. If VA determines another government agency would be better able to assist, they will forward your complaint to them and provide you an update. Please note, complaints submitted anonymously will not be sent to the college to prepare a response but submitted for the record to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network.
Upon receiving a formal complaint, Wake Tech Veteran Services will review your complaint, communicate with you as needed and prepare a response to the VA.
Wake Tech has more information about veterans’ educational benefits online.
Veteran Services Office Hours and Locations
Southern Wake Campus
Student Services Building (SL), Suite 143
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Scott Northern Wake Campus
Building C, Room 206 (Veterans Zone)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Room 326 M
Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Virtual appointments available
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
G.I. Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.
Student centers have been established on all Wake Tech campuses for students to study, relax, and get refreshments. The centers may include televisions, vending machines, computers, and other services, depending on the needs of the campus. Student Centers are located on the Southern Wake Campus (Building L), the Scott Northern Wake Campus (Building B), the Perry Health Sciences Campus (Health Education Building 2), Western Wake Campus (2nd floor), the Public Safety Education Campus (room 1420) and the RTP Campus (RTP1).
When using the Wake Tech Student Centers:
Keep noise of all kinds to a minimum.
- Talk quietly
- Use earphones for electronic devices
- Do not play musical instruments unless authorized for a special event
Help to keep centers clean and accessible for all.
- Place trash and recyclables in appropriate receptacles
- Do not move furniture or tamper with equipment not designated for student use
Respect yourself and others.
- Wear appropriate clothing, including shirts and shoes (See Student Dress and Hygiene Policy)
- Refrain from profane or obscene language and behavior
- Do not engage in violent or aggressive behavior of any kind, including, but not limited to the following: hitting, wrestling, play fighting, or throwing objects
Failure to comply with the guidelines above will result in the loss of student center privileges for a period of time and the incident reported to the Student Conduct Officer. A second offense will result in loss of privileges for an extended period of time and additional sanction(s) from the Student Conduct Officer.
Public telephones are conveniently located on all campuses for students desiring to make telephone calls. A courtesy phone for student use is located on the Southern Wake Campus in the Student Development Office in Student Services Building 128. A courtesy phone is located at the front desk in the lobby of Building A on the North Campus. Students are not permitted to use any other office telephones for personal calls.
Since the College does not have access to an intercom system or a messenger service, staff members will not deliver a message to a student unless it is determined to be an emergency. In an emergency, an individual who calls for a student must state the nature of the emergency; someone in Security Services will look up the student's schedule and attempt to contact him/her immediately.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a standard procedure for the storage and disposal of lost or unclaimed items on the premises of Wake Technical Community College. Whenever possible, the owner of such items will be contacted first.
The following guidelines apply:
- Any lost or unclaimed item deemed unsafe or unsanitary will be discarded immediately.
- Food and other perishable items, lunch bags, and thermoses will be discarded after 24 hours.
- State ID cards, credit or debit cards, or anything with an identifying name will be shredded and discarded after two (2) business weeks. Attempts will be made to contact the student/individual by Wake Tech e-mail and/or phone number on record. Cards turned in will be kept in a secure location.
- College Student ID's are turned into Campus Police/Student ID Office within two business days.
- Clothing, backpacks, and other personal items will be donated to charity or discarded after 30 business days.
- Cell phones and other personal electronic devices will be recycled after 30 business days.
- USB's will be checked for personal data to locate the owner. After 30 business days, the USB will be cleared of all data and donated.
- Keys will be discarded after 30 business days.
- Cash will be documented and donated to the Nest/Food Pantry on the campus where found after 30 business days.
Items valued at more than $200 (laptops, purses, jewelry, etc.) will be recorded in a log and locked in a secure storage area accessible only to an authorized Wake Tech employee. Items may be reclaimed only by someone providing identification and proof of ownership.
"Lost and Found" repositories are located in the reception areas on most campuses, with these exceptions: Southern Wake Campus repository is in Building L, Room 137-G; the Scott Northern Wake Campus repository is located in Building B, Room NB 150; Research Triangle Park Campus repository is located in RTP1, Room 150.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the campus organization that represents the interests of all Wake Tech students. Each curriculum student enrolled at Wake Technical Community College is required to pay the Student Administration Fee and shall be a member of the Wake Technical Community College Student Government Association and governed by its rules and regulations.
The Office of Student Development supports and encourages professional organizations and clubs at Wake Technical Community College. Professional organizations and clubs give students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with professionals in a given field of study, and get involved. Students interested in joining a club should visit the Office of Student Activities in the Student Services Building on Southern Wake Campus.
Guidelines for organizational approval
All student organizations must be approved by the college through the Office of Student Development. The following are procedural guidelines for obtaining new student organization approval:
Students wishing to create a new organization must request an application from the Director of Student Activities. The application period for establishing a new organization is spring semester; applications received during the fall semester will be considered for approval for the following academic year. The application must include the name of the organization, its purpose, objectives, recommendation for a faculty advisor, procedures for electing officers, means and methods for financing, and other information as requested by the Dean of Student Development.
The organization must receive approval from the Director of Student Activities, the Dean of Student Development, the Senior Vice President of Student Services, and the President of the college before becoming an official college organization.
The mission of Wake Tech's athletics program is to enhance the college experience for all students by promoting fitness, building awareness of the importance of lifelong physical activity, and developing character and leadership ability through athletic activities and events. Wake Tech encourages all students to participate in athletics, develop athletic skills and abilities, and strive to realize their full potential.
The program offers high-quality instruction and support services with the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, administration, trustees, and the community. Wake Tech offers equal opportunity for all in compliance with the regulations of Title IX and adheres to an established code of conduct for all athletes and program participants.
Wake Tech is a proud member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region X.
The Veterans Zones on the Southern Wake, Scott Northern Wake and RTP campuses provide Wake Tech student veterans and their family members with a “safe zone,” a unique academic and social environment in which they can engage and interact. The Veterans Zones offer a variety of resources and services to assist and support veterans, to ensure their success in academic and other endeavors. These resources and services include a computer lab, an activity center, counseling services, and connections to programs such as Veterans Upward Bound, SALUTE: Veterans National Honor Society, Hire Heroes USA, Student Veterans of America, and USO of North Carolina. Wake Tech is proud to support Veterans and are thankful for their service to our country.
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