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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Emergency Medical Science: Heeding the Call for EMTs and Paramedics

“911 — What’s your emergency?” Every day, paramedics respond to calls from people in life-or-death situations. These highly-specialized technicians must be able to administer emergency medical care under high-stress conditions – and their services are in high demand. The field is growing rapidly in Wake County, and so is Wake Tech’s Emergency Medical Science (EMS) program. Courses...

Facts and Finds

Just Jot It Down If you’re a fast typist, you probably reach for your computer instead of a pen when you need to take notes. Not so fast! Leaving aside the fact that an open computer is a temptation to browse the wide world of distractions, studies have shown that hand-writing notes stimulates learning comprehension in a way that typing doesn’t. “The act of typing effectively turns...

Build Your Network, Grow Your Career

Networking is the mindset of building and maintaining a community of colleagues with whom you can share information and learn about emerging trends. Steve Blankenship, with Wake Tech’s Career and Employment Resources division, says it’s an important skill to maintain for anyone who wants to stay in touch with the local market and grow their career. And it’s about more than attending a...

Steps to Enroll at Wake Tech

Visit apply.waketech.edu Complete the NC Residency Determination Submit online application Visit admissions.waketech.edu Request financial aid and veterans benefits Send transcript(s) Schedule a placement test Meet with an advisor Attend New Student Orientation Now you’re ready to register for classes!Browse class offerings and plan your schedule: Visit...
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Share the Excitement!

Wake Tech has more than 200 programs to prepare you for a rewarding career or further study at a university. And our support services provide the resources you need to reach your goals. Take a look and “follow us” on a path that’s right for you!  College Transfer  Associate in Arts (AA)  Associate in Science (AS)  Associate in Engineering (AE)  Associate...

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a legacy is often a desire to be remembered for what you’ve contributed to the world or to memorialize a loved one and their contributions. One way to do that is by supporting the people and causes that are important to you – and it’s easier than you might think. For Carol Ann and Richard Theuer, supporting immigrants as they adapt to a new life in the United States is a cause...