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College Welcomes Delegation from Moldova

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 1, 2024) – Wake Tech welcomed a delegation of local officials from the Republic of Moldova on Wednesday. The group visited Vernon Malone College and Career Academy (VMCCA), a Cooperative Innovative High School that operates under a partnership between the Wake County Public School System and Wake Tech.

VMCCA is a Career and Technical Education high school that provides a strong academic foundation and education and training in six career programs:

  • Biopharmaceutical Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Facility Maintenance Technology
  • Nurse Aide
  • Simulation & Game Development
  • Welding

Students complete the requirements for high school graduation while earning college credits that can be applied toward an associate degree, diploma or certificate at Wake Tech.

The delegation toured the classrooms and labs at VMCCA and learned about the success of dual enrollment and how rigorous courses are designed to prepare students for college and careers.

"Students take a variety of high school and Wake Tech courses throughout the day," said Gina Beaudry, director of Career and Technical Education Partnership at VMCAA. "They might have an English class and then cross the hall to a Nurse Aide lab.“We want them prepared to continue their college education or enter the workforce."

Wake Tech leaders also discussed several other partnerships designed to boost workforce development, including WakeWorks® Apprenticeship, a partnership between Wake Tech and Wake County to address a shortage of technical workers in the region while giving students a unique opportunity to earn an income while learning new skills.

The delegation's visit to VMCAA was organized by the office of North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall as part of the North Carolina-Moldova Bilateral Partnership, a successful exchange program initiated 25 years ago. The group also visited North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Wake Tech has students from 47 states and 140 countries enrolled at the college, including three students from Moldova. The college provides admissions guidance and resources for students from other countries through its International Students Office. It also has an International Friends Club and hosts an International Day each year.

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April 2024

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