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 two to three hours per week for at least one semester.

Volunteer opportunities are available mornings, afternoons, and evenings at the Beltline Education Center, Northern, Western, and Southern Wake Campuses, and at various public schools, workplace sites, churches and community centers throughout Wake County. 

Volunteer benefits:

  • Knowledge and experience in adult education
  • Satisfaction of helping improve NC 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 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.

Please 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.

Upcoming orientation dates
  • Wake Tech has suspended in-person activities due to COVID-19.  Future orientation dates will be determined in the coming weeks.

All orientations take place at 7 pm at:
Wake Tech’s Beltline Education Center
3200 Bush St.
Raleigh, NC 27609

Planning on attending an orientation?  Let us know.

To sign up, please email Anne Tekmen: [email protected] or 919-334-1546.

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 (2) references. At least one (1) should be a professional reference.