Wake Technical Community College
|Wake Technical Community College
|Established||April 3, 1958|
|President||Dr. Stephen Scott|
|Location||Raleigh, North Carolina, United States|
Navy Blue and Gold
|Athletics||NJCAA Region X
8 varsity sports
Wake Technical Community College, commonly known as Wake Tech, is a two-year accredited institution of higher education and technical training school. Its main campus is located approximately five miles south of Raleigh, North Carolina, near McCullers Crossroads. It also operates several branch campuses around Wake County, North Carolina. Wake Tech is part of the North Carolina Community College System, a state-supported body of 58 institutions throughout North Carolina.
Wake Tech was founded on April 3, 1958 as the Wake County Industrial Education Center. The school opened its doors on October 7, 1963, with 304 enrolled students, 34 of whom were registered in curriculum studies and 270 who were enrolled in vocational training programs. The school became Wake Technical Community College on December 1, 1987. On October 15, 2003, Dr. Stephen Scott assumed the responsibilities as President from retiring President Bruce Inman Howell. Wake Tech currently offers 180 different associate degrees and diplomas as well as many different continuing education (non-credit) programs.
The main campus is located near McCullers Crossroads on US 401 between Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina. It consists of 13 buildings, most of which contain classrooms and faculty offices. Other buildings include Student Services, Bookstore, Independent Learning Center, and a Child Care Facility. Main Campus also has a Chick-fil-A and coffee shop as dining options in the student lounge.
The main campus began being served by Raleigh's bus system in January 2009. Before this, a college-run shuttle served the campus and downtown Raleigh, with an intermediate stop on Tryon Road in Raleigh.
Health Sciences Campus
The Health Sciences Campus is located in east Raleigh adjacent to the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, on Sunnybrook Road. The campus is home to the Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Therapeutic Massage, and Emergency Medical Science programs.
Adult Education Center
The adult education center is located north of downtown Raleigh on Capital Boulevard (US 401).
Public Safety Campus
The Public Safety Education Campus is located south of downtown Raleigh, just off of US 401. The campus offers training to law enforcement officers and features a forensics lab, mock court room and jail.
Western Wake Campus
The current Western Wake campus is located in Millpond Village, a subdivision on Kildaire Farm Road in southern Cary. The campus is the Business and Industry Center for Wake Tech, offering services designed for students focusing on apprenticeship, entrepreneurship, business training, and development.
Northern Wake Campus
In July 2007, Wake Tech unveiled a newly built $30.6 million environmentally-friendly campus in North Raleigh located on US 401 in northeastern Raleigh. The campus has four buildings and is the first campus in the United States to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. An admissions office, and an Individualized Learning Center (tutoring), as well as tennis and volleyball facilities. Northern Wake Campus | Wake Technical Community Collegissions office, and an Individualized Learning Center (tutoring), as well as tennis and volleyball facilities.
During the 2012 election, Wake Tech requested $200 million in government funding to expand the Northern Wake Campus and start construction on the RTP Campus. This was approved by 73% of the voters.
Research Triangle Park Campus
In 2008 Wake Tech purchased 94 acres of land in Morrisville and announced planned to build a new campus near the Research Triangle Park. The plans for this campus include ten buildings, and the ability to accommodate 7,000 students. The new campus will be situated near both Interstate 40 and Interstate 540.
The Wake Tech athletic teams compete in 8 varsity sports in the NJCAA Region X. 2008 marked the inaugural year for sports at Wake Tech. Women's volleyball, Men's soccer, and golf were the first sports during the 2008-2009 school year. The following year, 2009-2010, was added by Men's and Women's basketball, baseball, softball, and cheer-leading. Men's golf took 1st place in the Region X Division 1 Golf Championship 2009. The following year was started off by the Men's soccer team taking 2nd in the Region X Division 1.
- Patricia Bazemore: Cary, North Carolina police chief
- Eric Swann, 1991 1st-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals.
- President's Site | Waketech.edu
- Online Logistics & Distribution Management Programs
- "Wake Tech unveils new, green campus". Raleigh News and Observer. Retrieved 2007-07-16.[dead link]
- Public Safety Education Campus | Wake Technical Community College
- Western Wake Campus | Wake Technical Community College
- Northern Wake Campus | Wake Technical Community College
- RTP Campus | Wake Technical Community College
- Cary Citizen website