Wake Technical Community College

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Wake Technical Community College
WTCC seal color with outline.png
The Wake Technical Community College Seal
Established April 3, 1958
Type Community College
President Dr. Stephen Scott
Students 63,000 [1]
Location Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Campus Urban
Colors

Navy Blue and Gold          

Websafe          
Athletics NJCAA Region X
8 varsity sports
Mascot Eagles
Website www.waketech.edu

Wake Technical Community College, commonly known as Wake Tech, is a fully accredited, two-year, public institution providing education and training to Raleigh, North Carolina, and the surrounding Wake County area. It includes five campuses, two training centers, multiple community sites, and an extensive online education program. Its Main Campus is located approximately eight miles south of Raleigh, North Carolina, on U.S. 401. Wake Tech is part of the North Carolina Community College System, a state-supported body of 58 institutions throughout North Carolina. It is the largest community college in the state.


History[edit]

Wake Tech was chartered 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 C. Scott became President of the college. Wake Tech currently offers more than 180 degree, diplomas, and certificates as well as numerous continuing education (non-credit) programs for professional development and personal enrichment. Wake Technical Community College first received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1969.

Campuses[edit]

Main Campus[edit]

9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh

Library Education Building (South), Wake Technical Community College Main Campus

The Main Campus[2] is located near McCullers Crossroads on US 401 between Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina. It consists of 13 buildings, most of which contain classrooms, labs for technical training, and faculty offices. Other buildings include Student Services (offering advising, counseling, disability support services, and student government), the Engineering Technology Building, the Technical Education Building, and Pucher-LeMay Hall. Technical programs offered on Main Campus include computer technology, engineering, culinary arts, automotive, heavy equipment transport technology, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and welding. The campus also offers a library, an Individualized Learning Center offering tutoring services and a writing center, a bookstore, a gymnasium, and dining options. The Main Campus is served by CAT (Capital Area Transit), Raleigh's bus system.

Health Sciences Campus[edit]

2901 Holston Lane, Raleigh

Wake Tech is one reason the Triangle is so well known for quality health care. Wake Tech’s state-of-the-art Health Sciences offers credit and non-credit programs preparing students for careers in nursing, dental hygiene, therapeutic massage, emergency medical services, and many other allied health professions. Through connections with local medical institutions, students have extensive opportunities for hands-on training and co-op work; they complete their education with a wealth of clinical experience. The Health Sciences Campus [3] is located in east Raleigh adjacent to the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, on Sunnybrook Road.

Adult Education Center[edit]

1920 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh

The Adult Education Center [4] (AEC) houses Wake Tech’s College and Career Readiness(formerly named Basic Skills) program, the largest in North Carolina. The program includes GED, Adult High School, and the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), designed to help adults improve math, reading, and writing skills. Basic Skills also includes English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and Compensatory Education for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Adult Education Center is located north of downtown Raleigh on Capital Boulevard (US 401).

Public Safety Campus[edit]

321 Chapanoke Road, Raleigh

Wake Tech’s Public Safety Education Campus is one of the most advanced facilities in the country, with cutting-edge training features that include a forensics lab and a mock courtroom and jail.[5] The campus trains law enforcement and corrections officers, fire and rescue personnel, EMS technicians, and SBI and Homeland Security personnel. The campus also provides short-term training programs for CNA, hospitality, HVAC, and computer networking – all high-demand fields with promising job prospects. The PSEC has full campus accreditation, with an on-campus library, individualized learning center, and student services office.

Western Wake Campus[edit]

Millpond Village, 3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary

The Western Wake Campus is home to Wake Tech’s Business and Industry Services Division, providing customized corporate training, professional development, apprenticeship, and entrepreneurship programs – as well as small business support.[6] Western Wake offers the Associate in Arts Degree Program for college transfer, along with non-credit classes in human resources development, computer skills, art, horticulture, ESL, online GED preparation, and more. Support services include a library, computer lab, tutoring, and financial aid. The campus is located in Millpond Village, a subdivision off Kildaire Farm Road in southern Cary.

Northern Wake Campus[edit]

Buildings B and A, respectively, on the Northern Wake Campus

6600 Louisburg Road, Raleigh

In July 2007. Wake Tech unveiled a $30.6 million, 121-acre, environmentally friendly campus on rolling hills just off US 401, in northeastern Raleigh. The result of meticulous planning and inspired design, the Northern Wake Campus has the distinction of being the first college campus in the nation to have all buildings LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The campus [7] offers the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees for college transfer as well as evening and weekend continuing education classes. Student services include admissions, counseling, and financial aid, and the campus has a library, chemistry and biology labs, a tutoring center, a bookstore, and tennis and volleyball courts.

On November 13, 2014, a pedestrian bridge under construction at the North Campus collapsed, killing 1 worker, and injuring 4 others.

Research Triangle Park Campus[edit]

In 2012 elections, Wake Tech requested $200 million in government funding to expand the Northern Wake Campus and start construction on a new campus near the Research Triangle Park. The bond referendum was approved by 73% of voters. In 2008 Wake Tech purchased 94 acres of land in Morrisville for the RTP campus. It will include 10 buildings and will accommodate 7,000 students. The new campus will be situated near both Interstate 40 and Interstate 540.[8]

Athletics[edit]

Wake Tech is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association NJCAA, Region X, Carolinas/Virginias Conference. The Wake Tech Eagles include 11 NJCAA-sponsored athletic teams that compete in eight varsity sports in Region X: men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball. Wake Tech also has an eagle mascot, Talon, and sponsors a co-ed cheerleading and mascot team.

Wake Tech’s athletics program [9] began in 2008 at the request of President Stephen C. Scott and with the approval of the Board of Trustees

Notable students[edit]

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Coordinates: 35°39′01″N 78°42′22″W / 35.6504°N 78.7061°W / 35.6504; -78.7061