College & Career Readiness Volunteer Program

WAVES is Wake Tech's volunteer program for the College & Career Readiness Division, giving volunteers the opportunity to help adult students realize their educational dreams and career goals.

Volunteer opportunities

  • Adult Basic Education
  • High School Equivalency Preparation
  • Adult High School
  • Pathfinders Career Exploration
  • English as a Second Language
  • Immured Populations

Volunteer activities

  • Tutor students
  • Encourage and motivate students
  • Enrich learning environments

Volunteer benefits

  • Knowledge and experience in adult education
  • Satisfaction of helping improve North Carolina's adult literacy levels
  • Enjoyment of working with motivated students

Time commitment

Volunteers commit one to three hours per week for at least one semester.

Before placement in a classroom, all potential volunteers must attend a two-hour orientation and fill out the required paperwork, including a background check and a reference check. All orientations are currently online and take place in the evening.

This process can take several weeks, so we recommend that you come to an orientation at least one month before you would like to begin volunteering.


Currently, most volunteer opportunities are available online in the afternoons and evenings. Future, in-person volunteer opportunities will take place at the Beltline Education Center and the Scott Northern Wake, Western Wake and Southern Wake campuses.

NOTE: Volunteer positions may not be used to fulfill observation requirements for a teaching practicum. WAVES placements are neither opportunities to observe teachers nor to teach classes.


For more information or to sign up for orientation, email Anne Tekmen at [email protected].

We will email you the required application forms, which are to be completed and returned before the orientation. This includes the names, emails and phone numbers for two references, at least one of whom should be a professional reference.