Propel: Free, Accelerated Workforce Training

Launch a new career or upskill in your current profession for free. Propel is a training initiative to help students obtain workplace skills and certifications for jobs that are in high demand. These accelerated, non-degree Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) courses lead to industry-recognized or state credentials, and most can be completed in three to six months.

WCE offers scholarships that cover the cost of registration, fees, books, course-specific supplies and credentialing exams.

NOTE: Scholarship applications are currently closed and will reopen July 1.

While all Propel training programs prepare students for immediate employment, some may also lead to opportunities to obtain course credit in a Wake Tech degree program or to enroll in a WakeWorks Apprenticeship program. Those programs are in bold below.

Course start dates depend on program pathway. All programs are subject to availability, and more programs will be added in the future.

All students receive access to Wake Tech's Career Services Office to assist with resume writing and job interviewing skills. WCE's education navigators also help students register with Capital Area Workforce Development's NCWorks Career Center for employment assistance.

If you have questions or need further information, email [email protected].

Other training programs

Financial assistance may be available for other workforce training courses that aren't part of Propel. Email [email protected] for more information.

Frequently asked questions

How much are the scholarships?

Scholarship awards may vary and cover the cost of registration, fees, books and course-specific equipment and supplies, as well as credentialing exams.

Can I use scholarship money for more than one class?

Yes. Some pathways require multiple classes to earn a credential.

How do I qualify?

Submit an application and any additional information requested by the Workforce Continuing Education Financial Resources and Student Support team.

Will employment assistance be provided?

Yes. The Capital Area Workforce Development's NCWorks Career Center will provide employment planning, job matching and other support services.

Can I receive funds for classes that aren’t listed in the career pathways?

Yes. Complete the scholarship application and indicate your program of choice on the "Other" line.

Whom do I contact for updates on my application status?

Please contact the WCE Financial Resources and Student Support team at [email protected].