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First Open House a Success at Wake Tech East

WENDELL, N.C. (June 29, 2024) – Wake Tech welcomed nearly 400 prospective students and their families Saturday at the first Open House at Wake Tech East, the college's newest location in Wendell.

Conveniently located off Interstate 87, attendees got a close-up look at the state-of-the art smart classrooms and labs, learned more about academic programs and support services and spoke to Admissions and Financial Aid staff. Many students applied for fall enrollment at the event and got assistance completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

Kilar Meyers and her sons, Jayden and Cameron, were impressed with the modern facilities and friendly staff they met.

"I've been paying attention to the development of this location for over two years, and I am beyond excited about Wake Tech being here," Meyers said. "With all the growth in the eastern part of Wake County, we need college options in this area. We live in Knightdale, and I am so thankful that's its near."

Wake Tech East will serve its first students this fall with the following degree programs:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Engineering
  • Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science

Wake Tech recently broke ground on the next academic building at Wake Tech East – a three-story, $60 million Advanced Technology Center. The center will house the college's Biopharmaceutical Technology degree program, offering a real-life simulated biopharma work environment, and a Systems Integration Lab with robotics, mechatronics and advanced manufacturing equipment supporting Industry 4.0 technologies. It will be finished at the end of 2025 and open for the Spring 2026 semester. East Carolina University will be co-located in the building, offering its Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology degree for Wake Tech graduates who would like to continue their education.

Wake Tech East is also home to a unique Public Safety Simulation Complex, featuring a 4-D immersive streetscape for training first responders from Wake County and beyond. It is the state's most realistic simulated village for force-on-force training, with EMS ambulance bays and a driver training track that supports emergency vehicle and pursuit training.

Did you miss open house and want to learn more about enrolling? Stop by Wake Tech East Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for assistance. Admissions and Financial Aid staff are on site ready to help new students apply and get set for Fall semester.

For more information about Wake Tech East, visit waketech.edu/east.

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June 2024

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