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

WakeWorks Propel is a new training initiative that can “propel” you into a job or an apprenticeship program! WakeWorks Propel is the newest addition to Wake Tech’s WakeWorks program, which also includes WakeWorks Apprenticeship. Both of these initiatives are opportunities for Wake County residents to learn marketable skills in high-demand career fields.

WakeWorks Propel is designed to assist residents with job transition and economic recovery and is made possible by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) scholarship program. It offers scholarship awards of up to $750 for accelerated non-degree Workforce Continuing Education courses. These are courses that lead to industry-recognized or state credentials for 20 high-demand jobs in five career fields. Most can be completed in three to six months.

The awards are based on student need and cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, course-specific supplies, and credentialing exams. Students also receive guidance from Wake Tech career coaches and job placement support from Capital Area Workforce Development. Other partners include Wake County government, Wake County Economic Development and the NC Community College System.

“We know many people are facing difficult challenges right now,” said Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. “We’re excited to offer this program to provide the skills and certifications that will help people find new job opportunities.”

Propel programs offer opportunities for immediate employment or consideration for a WakeWorks apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program. WakeWorks apprenticeships give unemployed or underemployed residents the opportunity to learn on-the-job skills while earning a paycheck.

Jovan Hernandez was a nurse aide who abruptly lost her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After catching a Wake Tech TV commercial, she applied to the WakeWorks Apprenticeship program and became an EMT/Paramedic apprentice.

“I’m loving it!” she says.  “Although I have experience in healthcare, the EMT class is very challenging.”

To learn more about WakeWorks Propel or WakeWorks Apprenticeship, visit

To learn more about WakeWorks Propel or WakeWorks Apprenticeship, visit

WakeWorks Propel Program Area

Information Technology

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


  • EKG Technician
  • Nurse Aide
  • Central Sterile Processing Tech
  • Healthcare Billing and Coding
  • EMT

Skilled Construction and Maintenance

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


  • Industrial Automation
  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics
  • Bioprocessing Technician

Public Safety

  • 911 Telecommunicator
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training