Wake Tech 2016-17 Annual Report
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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.
2016-17 Financial report
Gifts in Kind
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 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.
Sponsored Programs and Federal Relations
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Federal Relations develops and maintains relationships with the federal government; solicits funds in the form of grants and appropriations from foundations and from federal, state, and local governments; and administers sponsored programs and initiatives to support the financial needs of the college. Wake Tech received more than $10.99 million in grant funds in 2016-17, with 31 of its 42 submitted projects receiving funding.
Refugee Assistance Project
Technology Roadmap (In-Kind Services)
English Literacy and Civics Education
High School Equivalency
Career/College-Ready Alignment Partnership
Job Driven National Emergency
Virtual Learning Community Center
Minority Male Success Initiative
Financial Literacy Program
Automated Electronic Defibrillator
International Economics Speaker Series
Garden Azaleas (In-Kind Gift)
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act7
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Autism Spectrum Disorder Program
Frontier Set - Student Success Suite
NC Science Festival
Gum Health Physical-Dental Assisting Clinic
Trash Throw Down Challenge
Job Driven National Emergency-Supplemental
NCFAST and Web Bootcamp
Economic Mobility through Student Success
Clinical Site Development
Mission Critical Operations Scholarships
Summer STEM Immersion
NC Community College System
U.S. Department of Education
NC Community College System
U.S. Department of Labor
NC Community College System
NC Community College System
NC Community College System
Firehouse Subs Foundation
Charles Koch Foundation
Capital Broadcasting Company
Mexican Consulate, Raleigh
NC Career Development Assoc.
NC Community College System
TEACCH - UNC
Wake County Solid Waste
U.S. Department of Labor
NC Community College System
Bank of America
Triangle J Council of Governments
National Science Foundation
Wake Education Partnership
Financial Summary FY 2016-17
STUDENT TUITION & FEES
(Operating & Construction)
SALARIES & BENEFITS
SUPPLIES & MATERIALS
Faculty & Staff Honors
Associate Professor & Department Head
Janie slaughter, associate professor and department head, was honored with a place in the Criminal Justice Wall of Fame at Wake Tech’s Public Safety Education Campus. She has been at Wake Tech for 20 years, presiding over the growth of Wake Tech’s Criminal Justice Technology program. She has also taught at NC Central University, NC Wesleyan College, and Campbell University.
Workforce Continuing Education VP
Anthony Caison 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 Caison joined Wake Tech in 1997 and supervises nine divisions that serve the region with workforce training.
New Training Tools for Public Safety
A 35,000-square-foot expansion at our Public Safety Education Campus added a 12-lane indoor firearms range, two defensive tactics rooms, firearms training simulation, a telecommunications lab/classroom, a barbering lab/classroom, and two other vocational labs. The campus now encompasses more than 100,000 square feet. Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison joined other local law enforcement officials at a ribbon-cutting and open house for the expanded facility.
New at Northern Wake Campus
Wake Tech opened two new buildings at its Northern Wake Campus. One features state-of the-art kitchen facilities for the Baking & Pastry Arts program – and a 15,000-square-foot gymnasium with the latest fitness training equipment that will be the home of the Health & Fitness Science program. A second new building houses expansive welding, plumbing, HVAC, and building automation labs and will serve students in skilled trades programs. This is the first time that Career Programs will be offered at the Northern Wake Campus in the campus’s 10-year history.
Gifts and Appropriations
Support for Entrepreneurship
Wells Fargo presented Wake Tech with $30,000 to support four new entrepreneurial initiatives focused on veterans, inventors, global commerce, and business marketing. Wake Tech and Wells Fargo began their partnership in 2010 to support a dynamic workforce and regional economic development.
Duke Energy provided Wake Tech with funding to install two electric vehicle charging stations – for a total of four stations at Main Campus and two at Northern Wake. Duke will pay for the installations as part of its EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project.
Local McDonald's Owners Sponsor Scholarships
Three Culinary Arts students earned scholarships by creating entrées with ingredients from McDonald’s “Signature Crafted” menu. They were judged on creativity, taste and appearance.
The competition took place on Wake Tech’s Main Campus,
and local McDonald’s franchise owners Fred and Doris Huebner presented checks to the students. Doris is vice chair of the Wake Tech Board of Trustees.
SunTrust Award Supports Financial Literacy
Wake Tech received $50,000 for the SunTrust Center for Financial Education, which each year helps more than 500 students improve money management skills and avoid debt. SunTrust Bank and the SunTrust Foundation have been strong supporters of Wake Tech for more than 20 years.
Gates Foundation Initiative
Wake Tech is part of the “Frontier Set,” 31 institutions selected for a national, multi-year effort to increase student success. Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates, the initiative serves low-income and first-generation college students, students of color, and working adults; and focuses on academic advising, remedial education, and digital learning tools. Wake Tech will receive $580,000 over four years.
Support for New Projects
Wake County Commissioners appropriated $24.4 million for new Wake Tech projects, as well as $1 million for the IT infrastructure required to expand online programs. Projects include new buildings and renovations on the Main, Northern Wake, and RTP campuses, as well as college-wide repairs and infrastructure upgrades.
2017 INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR
2017 STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Excellence in Teaching Awards
Kimberly Breivogel Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Alison Consol Computer Technologies
Julie Eldridge Applied Engineering and Technologies
Amy Jones Workforce Continuing Education
Sidney Morris Jr. Health Sciences
Thomas Rankin Business and Public Services Technologies
Amanda Sinodis Academic Success and Transition Resources
Mary “Beth” Tsai Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering
Excellence in Service Awards
Laura Bethea Career and Employment Resources
Amanda Brown Instructional Support
Emily Holliday eLearning Support and Instructional Design
David Johnson Academic Advising and Student Success
Joey Stephenson Facility Operations
Excellence in Leadership Awards
Scarlett Edwards Academic Advising and Student Success
Kai Wang Strategic Innovations
*Alison Consol and Kai Wang will represent Wake Tech at the statewide NCCCS Excellence Competition.
Excellence in Executive Leadership Award
Monica Gemperlein Workforce Continuing Education
For EPIC, Wake Tech’s Quality Enhancement
Plan supporting student success in online education:
2016-17 was the most successful year ever for grant awards at Wake Tech: The Office of Sponsored Programs and Federal Relations received $10.99 million in grant funds, a first in its 13-year history. Like most educational institutions, Wake Tech leverages grants to expand vital programs and services beyond the limits of operational budgets. Major grant awards came from the National Science Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the U.S. Department of Education, and the NC Community College System.
Training for Online Instructors
Wake Tech went public with its EPIC 30 Online Teaching Certificate – training designed to smooth an instructor’s transition from the classroom to the online learning environment. Wake Tech developed the program in conjunction with its ongoing Quality Enhancement Plan to improve student success in online classes. The certification is now required for all Wake Tech faculty teaching online, and students are required to complete an eLearning Introduction before registering for online courses. More than 15,000 students take at least one online course each year at Wake Tech – more than at any other North Carolina community college.
"Prosperity Zone" Highlights Community Colleges
Community college representatives gathered at Wilson Community College to discuss their impact. Wake Tech instructors demonstrated 3D printing technology; other colleges’ presentations included mechatronics, a patient simulator, an electric line construction truck, and culinary arts. Events were held in eight “Prosperity Zones” across the state to increase awareness of the community college mission in preparation for Community College Day at the state legislature on March 29.
Wake Tech launched a new Collaborative Robotics program at its Advanced Manufacturing Center featuring YuMi, a dual-arm robot with flexible “hands” and state-of-the-art controls. Robotics is one of the fastest-growing technologies in the world, and YuMi heralds a new era in which people and robots will work side by side. YuMi will help students learn collaborative robotics with labs and online modules, and will be used in other Wake Tech courses like manufacturing processes, circuit board technology, and industrial maintenance. YuMi was manufactured by ABB and donated through a partnership with the Wake Tech Foundation.
Tuition Payment Plan
A new tuition payment plan to help students manage expenses launched in 2016 in partnership with Nelnet, a Nebraska-based educational finance service. The plan allows students to pay in installments, without incurring debt or paying any interest or finance charges. A $25 enrollment fee per semester is the only cost. More than 2,000 students enrolled in the plan in the spring semester and first summer term of 2017.
A new chair was named for the Wake Tech Board of Trustees: Tom Looney, retired VP and General Manager of Lenovo North America. Tom joined the board in 2013 and succeeds Harvey Montague as chair. Board member Doris Huebner was named vice chair, and John Tibiri was appointed to the board by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
CPA Marla Tart was named Vice President of Finance and Business Services. She will prepare and manage Wake Tech’s budget and serve as a liaison with the NC Community College System Office, Office of the State Controller, Office of the State Auditor, and Wake County Budget Office. She joined Wake Tech in 1998.
Barbara Brothers, a former VP in Charlotte, was named executive director of Wake Tech’s Corporate & Business Solutions division. She will lead the development of customized training programs to match corporate clients’ unique needs. She will also oversee Wake Tech’s Small Business Center, the Wake Tech/Wells Fargo Center for Entrepreneurship, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, & apprenticeship training and professional development programs at the college.
Roxanne Miller, who has worked in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector for 15 years, was named Director of Development for the Wake Tech Foundation. She will oversee a comprehensive development program and grow resources in support of the college’s mission. Development will include cultivating individual and corporate donors, building community partnerships, and promoting the college through fundraising events and initiatives.
2017 President’s Award for Excellence
Stephen Bouges Business and Public Service Technologies
Angela Coleman-Talbot Health Sciences
Michael Fitzgibbons Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering
Carmen Rice Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Sawrnadurga “Durga” Sivamani Computer Technologies
Tirza Marie Thebert Applied Engineering and Technologies
2017 Student of Academic Excellence
Sawrnadurga “Durga” Sivamani
Hannah Moyles was named the 2016 Scott Scholar. She received up to $3,500 for tuition and fees along with a laptop, an internship, a mentor, and regular one-on-one sessions with President Scott. Moyles was valedictorian of her 2013 graduating class at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School and attended Duke University for two years, majoring in neuroscience and then English before transferring to Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts degree program. The Stephen C. Scott Presidential Scholarship program was established in 2012 by Wake Tech alumni Mark and Rachel Selisker, to provide leadership development opportunities for outstanding students.
WAKE TECH IDOL
Staci Irizarry was named the 2016 Wake Tech Idol, beating eight other finalists to take home a $2,500 scholarship from the Wake Tech Foundation. Runners-up Gennie Raybon and David Thomas won $750 scholarships. The Student Government-sponsored contest highlights student talent and the college’s fine arts programs.
Wake Tech hosted the 26th annual Regional Math Contest for middle and high school students, with 300 public, private, and home school students attending from Wake, Chatham, Durham, Lee, Moore, and Orange Counties. Wake Tech is one of 16 regional contest sites; winners go on to state finals. The contest was created by the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the NC Department of Public Instruction.
Wake Tech students triumphed over competitors – some graduate students – from Duke, UNC, NC State, and NC Central in the Student IT Architecture Showdown. Brian Coe, Chris Eissens, Stephen Jamieson, and Jamek Melvin met the challenge of creating an end-to-end IT architecture solution for a small business. A panel of industry experts judged the projects, and the winners received a $5,000 prize and an opportunity to connect with local IT employers. The event was sponsored by the International Association for Software Architects (IASA) and took place at IASA’s annual conference. The winning presentation is available at LASAGLOBAL.
Engineering students from Wake Tech and Durham Tech faced off in a “Rube Goldberg” competition. Their challenge was to design and build a machine using the principles of physics to pop a balloon. Top winners received cash prizes. The students are pursuing the Associate in Engineering degree and plan to transfer to four-year institutions for further study. It is sponsored by Calyx Engineers and Consultants and S&ME in Raleigh.
Two students were awarded scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS foundation, established by the host of the television show, “Dirty Jobs.” Casey Alvarez and Pervis Williams, students in Wake Tech’s Construction Equipment Systems program, each received $1,000 from the foundation, along with top-quality tools for heavy equipment maintenance.
For the fall 2016 semester, 625 students earned a place on the President’s List (GPA of 4.0 or higher) and 988 or Dean’s List (GPA 3.5 or higher). In spring 2017, 665 students made the President’s List and 948 made the Dean’s List.
Nearly 800 fall 2016 graduates received degrees and diplomas. Graduation speakers included Kenneth Eshenbaugh, who added an AAS degree in Business Analytics to his bachelor’s and master’s degrees; and Radiography graduate Michelle Freer, who came to Wake Tech for a new career after raising four daughters.
In spring 2017, more than 1,700 students received degrees and diplomas – the most ever! More than 700 of those graduates will transfer to four-year institutions, and about 850 plan to enter the workforce immediately. Graduates included 72 veterans, two sisters who plan to open a business together, a father and son who are employed by the same company, and a 70-year-old grandmother who received her Business Administration degree.
Outreach and Partnerships
When ITT Technical Institute shut down, Wake Tech reached out to displaced students and created
a website to explain options and offer assistance.
Many Wake Tech courses align with those previously offered at ITT – Network Management, Information Systems Security, Criminal Justice Technology, Business Administration, and others – and many
credits will transfer.
Wake Tech became part of a unique new partnership called LaunchRALEIGH, established to provide vital business training, mentoring, and access to capital for entrepreneurs. The intensive, eight-week training program will support nearly two dozen small business owners in Southeast Raleigh. Partners include the Wake Tech/Wells Fargo Center for Entrepreneurship, the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, Passage Home, Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s University, the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, and the City of Raleigh.
John Deere dealers and vendors from across the Southeast visited Wake Tech for a showcase of our John Deere Agriculture Technology program. More than 250 came to recruit grads – Wake Tech’s heavy equipment program is one of only 21 in North America offering certified training. Dealerships sponsor students and provide tuition reimbursement and other incentives. Wake Tech currently has 31 students from several states in the program.
Annual Open House events took place on March 25 and April 8 at the Main, Northern Wake, and Perry Health Sciences Campuses, with record crowds. More than 2,500 people registered to attend – local high school students and their parents, guidance counselors, and professionals seeking new career options. Faculty and staff were on hand to provide information about degree pathways, college transfer options, financial aid, athletics, and more.
Students in Wake Tech’s Fostering Bright Futures program – young adults who grew up in foster care and are now in college – enjoyed an early Thanksgiving luncheon in November at Butterball, LLC in Garner. They helped prepare a traditional holiday meal alongside Anthony Seta, Certified Master Chef and Director of Culinary Service for Butterball. Chef Seta shared advice and professional tips with the students. Fostering Bright Futures is a public-private partnership that provides tutoring, mentoring, and financial support to help former foster youth pursue higher education.
Students in Wake Tech’s Early Childhood Education program had a special visit from Major Hasan Ismail and Abida Hasan, a couple who operate a childcare facility and school in Pakistan – and share their stories and encouragement with students across the U.S. Wake Tech shares resources and best practices with the Hasans throughout the year.
Volunteer tutor Mike Petersen received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, donating 745 hours in 2015-16 and a total of 4,177 hours over nine years of service at Wake Tech. He was among 13 volunteers with Wake County’s WAVES program (Wake Adults Volunteering Educational Services) who received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for giving more than 100 hours: Dilek Aksit (105), Susan Bray (125), Judy Bronski (168), Grace Ann Chirico (108), Howard Ellis (103), Ross Ferlito (119), Carol Gabor (136), Simon Gitau (108), Johnathan Harter (226), Dorothy McKelvie (229), Mike Petersen (745), Scott Solomon(270), and Serena Waters (154). Volunteers Harry Fair and John Calcagni donated 439 hours and 236 hours, respectively, in the Individualized Learning Center.
Students can now ride GoRaleigh buses to all Wake Tech campuses at no cost. An expanded partnership with the City of Raleigh extends free bus service to Wake Tech’s Northern Wake, Perry Health Sciences, and Public Safety Education campuses and Beltline Education Center, in addition to Main Campus
VIP Reception/Culinary Arts Showcase
A VIP reception unveiling Wake Tech’s new kitchen facilities brought some of the Triangle’s top chefs, restaurateurs, and community leaders to the Northern Wake Campus. Wake Tech graduate chefs catered the event, and a silent auction raised funds for student scholarships. The facilities were officially opened with the breaking of a giant challah braid. The reception culminated Wake Tech’s annual Culinary Arts Showcase, which highlights student talent from across North Carolina. An American Culinary Federation (ACF) competition presented medals for artistry, craftsmanship, theme, and presentation. Wake Tech took home 31 bronze medals, 11 silver, and three gold.
During fall and spring semester exams, several Wake Tech libraries provided “stress-free zones” for students, with puzzles, posters for coloring, and even certified therapy dogs! Interaction with animals has been shown to reduce stress. Wake Tech offers a variety of such activities and services throughout the year.
Wake Tech held tributes to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. At the
Public Safety Education Campus, a special ceremony paid tribute to first responders who
lost their lives in the attack. Candles were lit at the Memorial Wall, a wreath was laid at the
campus flagpole, and doves were released.
Presidential Campaign Comes to Wake Tech
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Wake Tech on her 2016 presidential campaign tour. About 1,400 people attended her rally in the gymnasium; another 800 watched it in the Student Services Building.
U.S. Senator Visits
Senator Thom Tillis visited Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus to discuss cybersecurity training and veterans programs at Wake Tech. He toured the Military and Veterans Resource Center, talked with students, and joined a roundtable discussion about workforce training for vets.
For the first time ever, fall semester curriculum enrollment reached more than 23,000 students!
The college also welcomed the largest group of new students in its 53-year history!
2.25% increase over the previous year.
Workforce Continuing Education Enrollment
Wake Tech led North Carolina’s
58 community colleges in FTE
Curriculum FTE: 17,474
(an increase of 6.38% over the previous year, indicating that more students are transitioning from part-time to full-time status)
Workforce Continuing Education FTE: 3,420
(an increase of 11.94% over the previous year)
265 Wake Tech graduates who earned AA, AS, AE, and AAS degrees in 2014-15 had an overall average GPA of 3.12 after their first year (2015-16) at a UNC System institution, compared with UNC native juniors’ overall average GPA of 3.06.
IT-Mobile Applications Developer AAS
Facilities Maintenance Technology AAS & Certificate
Mission Critical Operations AAS
Honoring Military Service
Partnering with Industry
In August of 2016, Governor Pat McCrory joined local business leaders, educators, and other elected officials as Wake Tech broke ground on its newest venture: the RTP Campus in Morrisville, which will open in 2018. The Governor said the new campus would help attract new industry – not just to the RTP area but across the state.
The campus is designed as a “21st-century learning environment” and will focus on advanced, highly-technical programs. It will bring customized workforce training much closer to corporations in Research Triangle Park and throughout Wake County. It will also make degree programs and professional credentialing more accessible to the western part of the county – and help to meet growing demand for a skilled IT workforce and greater IT resources statewide and nationwide. RTP will be Wake Tech’s sixth campus and ninth Wake County site. The first phase of construction covers 28 acres, with a three-story instructional building and 720 parking spaces.
Architects for Phase 1 of the RTP Campus are Perkins+Will. Construction managers are Clancy & Theys and Holt Brothers Construction.
Wake Tech is proud to count veterans and members of the military among its students. The college provides a variety of services for vets and their family members who want to pursue education, training, and professional development: accelerated training, assistance with VA benefits and financial aid, and options for translating military experience into workplace credentials. Two events in the fall of 2016-17 highlighted the college’s commitment to making veterans feel welcome and to supporting them in the sometimes difficult transition to civilian life.
A Veterans Summit in October brought local vets and their families to Main Campus for food, fun, and valuable information. The free event featured workshops on a variety of topics, advice on starting a business, career and image counseling, and even Salsa dancing lessons! Veterans learned more about community resources as well as Wake Tech courses and degree programs that can lead to career advancement.
In November, Wake Tech opened the Military and Veterans Resource Center on the Northern Wake Campus. It serves as a home base for students, with space for connecting with others as well as computer work stations for completing academic assignments, working on resumes, and searching for employment. Students can research health care and financial resources and get updates on benefits and services.
A grand opening for the center included music from the 440th Army Band and a keynote address by Maj. General Cornell Wilson, USMC Retired, Military Advisor to the Governor of North Carolina. It was followed by a ribbon cutting and tour.
The center centralizes Wake Tech services for vets. Earlier in the year, Wake Tech started issuing special student ID badges for veterans, and began “Green Zone” training to educate faculty and staff about how to provide assistance to veterans in need. Dr. Sam Strickland, Senior Vice President for Military and Veteran Programs at Wake Tech, says he wants veterans to know their service is appreciated and hopes these programs will help them find support and a sense of community as well as vital resources.
Work-based learning can stack up as win-win-win: Students earn income and college credit, gain vital experience, and get a foot in the door with employers. In many cases, they also land jobs!
In May, an exciting new work-based learning opportunity opened up for Wake Tech students when Lenovo announced 12 paid internships. The offer kicked off a new partnership that will be offered each semester. The first group of interns will work at Lenovo during the summer, learning from professionals in information technology and other areas such as business analytics and marketing. They’ll earn college credit – and income – at the same time.
Kathryn Frederick, Wake Tech’s work-based learning coordinator, says internships can be essential for breaking into a career field, and placements with industry leaders like Lenovo often result in employment. Lenovo Senior Vice President Tom Shell says the arrangement provides a pipeline of talent for the company and helps him identify people who can eventually become leaders.
The Wake Tech-Lenovo partnership will expand in 2018, when the NC Department of Information Technology will offer five additional scholarships to Wake Tech students. Those students will also complete internships at Lenovo, and they’ll be employed at NC DIT when they graduate.
Tom Looney retired from Lenovo in 2014 as North America Sales Vice President and currently chairs the Wake Tech Board of Trustees. He says companies that invest in community college students are investing in their own future success, bringing in the skills and talent to win in the market.