Wake Tech 2017-18 Annual Report

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Wake Tech Firsts

2017-18 Enrollment

Curriculum Enrollment



Workforce Continuing Education Enrollment




Wake Tech led North Carolina’s

58 community colleges in FTE



Curriculum FTE: 17,426



Workforce Continuing Education FTE: 4,441

(an increase of 29.85% over the previous year)



Curriculum Education





349 Wake Tech graduates who earned AA, AS, AE and AAS degrees in 2016-17 had an overall average GPA of 3.01 after their first year (2016-17) at a UNC System institution, compared with the UNC native juniors’ overall average GPA of 2.90.




New Program

AAS Building Automation Technology

AAS Building Automation Technology

Featured Stories

Excellence Awards

2018 Staff Member of the Year

Phil Faucette

Communications & Marketing

2018 Instructor of the Year

Brandi Littlefield

Mathematics, Sciences, & Engineering


Dr. Gayle Greene

Executive Vice President

Dr. Gayle Greene was selected as this year’s recipient of NC State University’s Higher Education Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Greene received her Doctor of Education from the NC State Higher Education program in 1998, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She has been at Wake Tech for 16 years.

Laurie Clowers

VP of Communications and Marketing

Laurie Clowers was selected for Leadership North Carolina (LNC), the prestigious leadership engagement program. Each year, LNC chooses a class of leaders who study the state’s critical issues and then develop action plans for improving their communities. VP Clowers has worked at Wake Tech for more than 10 years. She oversees all internal and external communications for the college, including marketing, public relations and digital communications.

Kai Wang

Senior Dean of Strategic Innovations

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges named Dr. Kai Wang Staff of the Year for 2018. Dr. Wang joined Wake Tech in 2002 as an adjunct instructor and went on to serve as a department head and as dean of special projects. Dr. Wang also serves as Chief Campus Officer for Wake Tech’s “virtual campus,” Wake Tech Online, and was a driving force in the creation of Wake Tech’s Simulation and Game Development Program.

Dr. John Boone

Dean, Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation & Research

Dr. John Boone was presented with Wake Tech’s first Honorary Alumnus Award, a special designation reserved for those who truly embody the spirit of the institution. Dr. Boone has served the college for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities. He is most notably known for leading Wake Tech through its most recent re-accreditation. In addition to his steadfast dedication to the college’s mission and his loyalty to his colleagues, Dr. Boone has been a long-time supporter of the Foundation. He made his first gift in 1988, making him the longest consecutive giver on record.

Katie Gailes

Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives

Katie Gailes received one of the 2018 Triangle Business Journal Women in Business awards. Gailes was one of 25 winners honored at an event in Cary, and was selected for her role as a “behind the scenes leader.” Each winner was asked to share advice she would give to her 21-year-old self. Gailes advised to, “Take more risks. Be bold!”

Alumni Judge Paul Gessner

Retired North Carolina Superior Court Judge

Retired North Carolina Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner was honored with a place in Wake Tech’s Criminal Justice Wall of Fame. Judge Gessner ruled in high-profile lawsuits and felony cases while on the bench and was recognized as one of the state’s most powerful trial judges. He began his career as a Raleigh police officer; after earning an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Wake Tech. He says Wake Tech provided a foundation for his career path and contributed significantly to his success. Judge Gessner has supported Wake Tech students, faculty, and staff in a variety of ways for many years, sharing his time and resources. He has served as an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice program, helping students make connections between their education and the community they are preparing to serve.


New Leaders

Jeffrey Robinson

Jerry Guerrier

Stellar Students

Outreach and Partnerships

Sponsored Programs and Federal Relations

Sponsored Programs partners with leaders across the college to raise funds in the form of grants and appropriations from federal, state, and local governments as well as foundations to foster innovation and address unmet needs of the college. The Sponsored Programs team also provides grant management and compliance support to ensure the college achieves maximum impact from sponsored programs in support of student success. Wake Tech was awarded more than $8 million in grants and appropriations in 2017-18, with 18 of its 31 submitted competitive grant proposals receiving funding, and four submittals pending.

NC Community College System

NC Community College System

NC Community College System

NC Community College System

NC Community College System

NC Community College System

NC Community College System

NC Division of Health and Human Services

Wells Fargo Foundation

Campus Compact

Pepsico  Foundation

PNC Foundation

SunTrust Foundation

Mexican Consulate, Raleigh

NC Career Development Association

Mexican Consulate, Raleigh

NC Biotech Center


Bank of America Foundation

Triangle J Council of Governments

Mexican Consulate, Raleigh

Charles Koch Foundation



Perkins CTE Education

Minority Male Success Initiative

Virtual Learning Community

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

English Literacy and Civics Education

Bionetwork Center

Career/College-Ready Alignment Partnership

Refugee Assistance Project

Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative

Positive Engagement Training

Entrepreneurship Training

Pathways Student Professional Experience

Financial Literacy Program

IME Becas

Industry Road Trip

IME Becas - Financial Literacy

NC Academy of Science Sponsorship

Job Training Programs

STAR Center

Transportation Demand Management - ZOOM

IME Becas

Economics Training




























TOTAL: $8,020,637

Financial Summary FY 2017-18








(Operating & Construction)














TOTAL: $216,666,827.62


















TOTAL: $184,476,860.71

Special Events

Wake Tech Celebrates the

Legacy of Dr. Stephen Scott


It was a day to remember for Dr. Stephen Scott. Business, government, and community leaders joined more than 1,000 current and former employees in celebrating Dr. Scott’s tenure at Wake Tech. Dr. Scott retired at the end of August after serving for 15-years as the college’s third president.

“This is a bittersweet day,” said Executive Vice President Dr. Gayle Greene. “Dr. Scott has been a mentor and an inspiration to Wake Tech employees, and we will miss him.”


One by one and in groups, employees paid tribute, thanking him for his leadership and service. In a surprise announcement, Trustees Chair Tom Looney announced that the Board had voted to name the Northern Wake Campus in his honor. “This campus will now be known as the Stephen C. Scott Northern Wake Campus,” he said. College leaders presented Dr. Scott with a portrait by local artist William Branson, which will be hung in the Northern Wake Campus library.


Elected officials presented Dr. Scott with several recognitions and Mayor Nancy McFarlane presented Dr. Scott with a proclamation from the City of Raleigh. “It is my honor as the mayor and as the mother of a daughter who graduated from Wake Tech to declare August 14, 2018 Dr. Stephen C. Scott Day!”


The Wake Tech Foundation announced that it has received a $1 million dollar donation for a new endowment called the Dr. Stephen Scott Applied Benchmarking Fund. Applied Benchmarking is a continuous improvement initiative created by Dr. Scott to encourage employees to look for best practices and apply them at Wake Tech.


Employees received wristbands with the acronym WWDSD – which Jessica Holmes, Chair, Wake County Commissioners, suggested could serve as a reminder for employees when faced with challenges in the future. She said they could ask themselves, “What would Dr. Scott do?”


Employees also received a bottle of barbeque sauce courtesy of the Wake Tech Board of Trustees. The BBQ sauce was supplied by The Pit restaurant and sponsored by Chad Price and Mako Medical Laboratories. Dr. Scott had long referred to Wake Tech employees and supporters as Wake Tech’s “secret sauce.”


With a career spanning more than 40 years, Dr. Scott has been at the helm of Wake Tech since October 2003. Under his leadership, Wake Tech has become the largest of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges, now serving more than 74,000 students (the equivalent of one in 10 Wake County adults).


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WTCC 2018 Convocation #ThankYouDr.Scott

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Wake Tech Foundation

The Wake Tech Foundation partners with private entities and individuals to raise awareness, financial resources, and other assets to support the mission of Wake Technical Community College. The Foundation is committed to preserving and enhancing the resources with which it is entrusted through accuracy, transparency, and good stewardship. It provides opportunities for the professional development of faculty and staff and supports student achievement through scholarships and other forms of assistance.









Other Income

Gifts in Kind

Product Sales

Investment Income




College & Student Support





Management & General




Wake Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.  Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wake Technical Community College.