Success at Any Age

Nancy Coggins

Wake Tech Class of: 2013


“Wake Tech gave me the confidence to figure out what I wanted to do.”

    — Nancy Coggins

When Nancy Coggins decided to continue her education at the age of 42, she was apprehensive. “I hadn’t taken math in years!” she laughs. But in 1986, after working in a pediatrician’s office for years (first as a medical assistant and then as a supervisor), Nancy was determined to earn a nursing degree. “I woke up one morning and without telling anyone enrolled at Wake Tech,” she says. With a teenaged son at home, Nancy worked full time and took classes at night. Juggling her busy schedule was tough, she says, but she had support. “The instructors at Wake Tech convinced me I could do it! They believe students can succeed at any age!”

Three years later, Nancy earned her degree and became a registered nurse– and her education and credentials enhanced her career greatly. Nancy is now the Practice Administrator of Raleigh Pediatrics, supervising two offices and dozens of employees. When the practice expanded into new buildings, she even helped with the designs. “I love coming to work every day. I would not have this position if it weren’t for Wake Tech – the college gave me the confidence to figure out what I wanted to do.”

Wake Tech is a family affair for Nancy. Her step-daughter also earned a Nursing degree from Wake Tech, and her husband, Bud, serves on the Board of Directors for the Wake Tech Foundation. “We’re pretty passionate about Wake Tech,” Nancy says. “I always say Wake Tech has something for everyone!”