College Welcomes Record Spring Enrollment
RALEIGH, N.C. (January 8, 2024) – Wake Tech began the Spring semester Monday with record enrollment. The college welcomed more than 23,000 degree-seeking students for the first day of classes – up 11% from a year ago. More than 3,500 of those students are new to Wake Tech.
One of the keys to Wake Tech's record growth is the college's Career & College Promise (CCP) dual-enrollment program for high school students.
"We're growing across the board, but the number of high school students taking Wake Tech classes is one of the fastest-growing areas for us," said Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. "Our students and their families see the value of Wake Tech."
This is the second semester for Wake Tech's new textbook savings program, Eagle Advantage. The program is designed to save time and lower the cost of books for students in degree programs, including high school students taking CCP classes. Students are charged a per-credit-hour textbook access fee that ensures they have all the books they need by the first day of class. Students can opt out of the program and source their materials on their own if they prefer.
Other spring 2024 highlights include the following:
- Wake Tech is launching new tracks within its Public Safety Administration Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree this semester to help boost the supply of talented first responder professionals in the area. It now includes four concentrations that allow students to tailor their curriculum in their desired or current area of expertise:
- Wake Tech is putting the finishing touches on Wake Tech East, the college's newest site, located in Wendell. The site officially opens to the public next fall and will offer the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and the Associate in Engineering degrees for university transfer, as well as an AAS program in Emergency Medical Science. Wake Tech East also features a Public Safety Simulation Complex, one of the most advanced public safety training facilities in the nation, with an indoor simulated streetscape and outdoor driving track.
The new semester also brings a traffic alert for Southern Wake Campus. Students, staff and visitors should allow extra travel time as crews work to widen and pave U.S. Highway 401 as part of the N.C. Highway 540/Triangle Expressway project. Lane closures will occur for a month or so, which could result in increased traffic and delays. Drivers should use Learning Way or Tech Road as the primary entrance to campus.
Wake Tech is North Carolina's largest community college, serving more than 64,000 adults annually. The college is accredited and offers more than 250 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs that prepare students for university transfer or immediate employment. More than half of those programs can be completed totally online.