New Coach is a Big Hit

It’s a new era for women’s softball at Wake Tech! The team has a new coach with an impressive record as a player. Hawley Ill comes to Wake Tech after finishing her playing career at St. Andrew's University in Laurinburg, NC. As an All-Conference pitcher, she led in strikeouts while hitting .340. Before that, she was All-Conference at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, where she played...

From the President

Welcome to CareerFocus! Wake Tech is proud to count veterans and members of the military among its students, and we provide a host of resources designed with their needs in mind. Whatever your background, Wake Tech can help you set the stage for success. Ready to enter the workforce, advance in your career, or prepare to transfer to a university? Our programs offer a world of options, and...

Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

Returning to civilian life after serving in the military can be daunting: Daily decision-making often becomes a challenge for servicemen and women used to rigid routines. Some suffer physical and emotional ailments. Many need to learn new skills and “re-tool” for new careers – and Wake Tech is ready to help them do just that. More than 1,600 veterans turn to Wake Tech each year for...

Veterans: College and Career

There are nearly 21 million veterans in the U.S. today, about 2 million are women. The unemployment rate for veterans: 2016  4.3% 2013  6.6% 54% of all military veterans attending college are enrolled in associate degree or certificate programs. 20% of veteran students major in STEM fields. 47% of veteran students have a spouse and/or children. 42% of veteran students work...

A Veteran’s New Mission: Entrepreneurship

Kenny Ragsdale, a retired U.S. Army Major and accomplished amateur bodybuilder, always had a passion for fitness. “I knew that when my military career was over I would start my own business helping people achieve their fitness goals,” Ragsdale says. He turned to Wake Tech’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Advantage (VEA) program to make that dream a reality. This eight-week, non-credit...

Student Spotlight: David Kirstein

David Kirstein, 2017 SGA President Current standing: SGA President, working toward A.S. and A.A. degrees Background/Hobbies: 23-year-old native of Apex who enjoys rap freestyling. “Nothing seems quite as good to me as a clutch quatrain 'off the dome’.” Education/Career plans: Transfer to a university Advice for students: From Henry Ford: "When everything seems to be going against...
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Staff Spotlight: Dr. Kai Wang

Dr. Kai Wang, 2017 Staff Member of the Year Title: Senior Dean of Strategic Innovations and Chief Campus Officer of Wake Tech Online Background: I grew up in Jiangsu Province, China. I came here to pursue my PhD at UNC Chapel Hill. I started as an adjunct faculty member at Wake Tech in 2002, then progressed to instructor and department head for computer programming, before becoming Senior Dean...
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Faculty Spotlight: Alison Consol

Alison Consol, 2017 Instructor of the Year Title: Professor/Program Director, Web Technologies and Advertising & Graphic Design Background: Teaching at Wake Tech since 2001; Certificate in Excellence in Online Teaching from Washington State University; 2017 Wagner + SmarterServices Distance Education Leadership Award; Online Certification Coordinator for EPIC, Wake Tech’s Quality...
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