50th Celebration Events

Main Event  

The Main Event
In 1963, Wake Tech – then the Wake County Industrial Education Center – opened its doors on Southern Wake Campus for the first time. Fifty years later, the college celebrated its anniversary with a series of special activities, culminating with “The Main Event” on Southern Wake Campus.  Special guests for “The Main Event” included North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and NC Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker.  

 Health Sciences Simulators   Perry Health Sciences Open House
Wake Tech’s Health Sciences Campus hosted an open house. Visitors got health and wellness information and free dental screenings. 
 Fine Arts  

Evening of Fine Arts 
The college hosted the special event in Building E to celebrate the arts and to thank Wake County resident Nancy Vanhoenacker, who donated her beloved 1920’s piano to the college. Wake Tech is hoping to raise funds to restore the vintage Mason & Hamlin for its growing Fine Arts Department. The college will offer an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts beginning this fall. 

Adult Education Center Open House  

Adult Education Center Open House
Instructors, administrators, and community partners celebrated student success as part of the college’s year-long 50thanniversary commemoration. 

Road Scholars   Road Scholars 5K
More than 300 runners and walkers converged on Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus for the second annual Road Scholars 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run. 
Birthday Bash  

Birthday Bash
Nearly $11 million to support scholarships, new technology, and faculty and staff innovation – that’s what Wake Tech’s major gifts campaign, called “The Ripple Effect,” has generated since its launch last year. The campaign is a response to record-breaking enrollment at the college and unprecedented demand for its education and training programs.