WakeWorks Propel

Ready to launch a new career or upskill in your current profession?

WakeWorks Propel is a new training initiative to assist Wake County residents with job transition and economic recovery.

The initiative offers scholarship awards of up to $750 for accelerated non-degree Workforce Continuing Education courses leading to industry-recognized or state credentials for 20 high-demand jobs in five career fields. Most of the courses can be completed in 3 to 6 months.

The awards are based on student need and cover the cost of registration, fees, books, course-specific supplies, and credentialing exams.

Students also receive program guidance from Wake Tech career coaches and employment planning, job matching and other support services from Capital Area Workforce Development’s NCWorks Career Center.

Propel programs offer opportunities for immediate employment or consideration for a WakeWorks apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program. Courses begin in January 2021 and start dates vary depending on program pathway.

Programs and Pathways

Information Technology

  • IT Support Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Information Systems Security
  • Computer Programming/Software Development
  • Web Development

Skilled Construction and Maintenance Trades

  • Carpentry
  • Commercial Food Equipment Repair
  • Facilities/Apartment Maintenance
  • Forklift Operator

Public Safety

  • 911 Telecommunicator
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training


  • EKG Technician
  • Nurse Aide
  • Central Sterile Processing Technician
  • Healthcare Billing and Coding
  • Emergency Medical Technician


  • Industrial Automation
  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics
  • Bioprocessing Technician

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are the scholarship awards?

Scholarship awards are up to $750 per class and cover the cost of registration, fees, books, course-specific equipment and supplies and credentialing exams.

Can I use scholarship monies for more than one class?

Yes. Some of the pathways have multiple classes to earn certification. If your initial course does not cost the full $750, you can use any remaining award balance toward a second course in the pathway.

How do I qualify?

Awards are need-based, and recipients are selected based on information provided on the application. Numerical scores will be assigned to each criterion based on several factors to include, but not limited to, financial need, employment status, veteran status, and stated career objective.

Will employment assistance be provided?

Yes, Capital Area Workforce Development’s NCWorks Career Center will provide employment planning, job matching, and other support services.

How long are scholarships funds available for this program?

The WakeWorks Propel program is funded through September 30, 2022.

Can I receive funds for classes that aren’t listed in the career pathways?

No, but other scholarship money may be available for other Workforce Continuing Education courses not part of WakeWorks Propel.

When can I start?

Propel awards will be granted for courses beginning in January 2021. Class dates will vary by program.

Contact Us

Want to know more about WakeWorks Propel? Contact us at [email protected].