College & Career Readiness Volunteer Program

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

Opportunities to volunteer:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • High School Equivalency Preparation (HSE)
  • Adult High School (AHS)
  • Pathfinders Career Exploration (formerly, ABE TOPS)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Immured Populations

Volunteers are needed to:

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

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

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.

Volunteer benefits

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

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.

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.

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

Future volunteer orientations

All orientations currently take place in the evening, online.

Have questions? Want 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.