Incoming Wake Tech President Tours Perry Health Sciences Campus
RALEIGH, N.C. (February 21, 2019) - Dr. Scott Ralls, incoming president of Wake Technical Community College, visited the Perry Health Sciences Campus today to meet with faculty and staff and tour some of the highly-regarded and popular programs offered at the campus.
Dr. Ralls observed dental hygiene, Wake Tech’s high-tech nursing simulation suite, radiography, and emergency medical science – where he hopped into one of the teaching ambulances to check out the interior. Dr. Ralls also toured the newly re-modeled dental assisting and medical laboratory technology labs. He told faculty and staff that he was impressed by all the high-tech training opportunities: “It’s important to provide the very best instruction and equipment to our students to prepare them for high-demand jobs in Wake County.” More than 1300 students are currently enrolled in Wake Tech’s health sciences programs, and most will be employed when they graduate – if not sooner.
After attending a meeting with the Wake Tech Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. Ralls concluded his visit by participating in an afternoon roundtable discussion with U.S. Rep. David Price and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce. Price and Royce were in town to speak with students and faculty about the value of international exchange programs for creating a more peaceful and prosperous world. In particular, they discussed the Stevens Initiative, a public-private partnership between U.S. high school and college students and their peers from the Middle East and North Africa.
Nearly 13,000 North Carolina residents study abroad each year, and more than 21,000 international students studied at North Carolina colleges and universities during the 2017-2018 academic year. More than 40 students at Wake Tech participate in a study abroad or travel abroad experience with the college each year. Nearly 400 international students from 86 countries are currently attending Wake Tech.
A former NC Community College System president, Dr. Ralls currently serves as president of Northern Virginia Community College. His first day at Wake Tech will be April 11. Dr. Ralls will be Wake Tech’s fourth president, succeeding Dr. Stephen Scott, who retired in August. He was selected in December after an extensive, nationwide search.