With your help, Wake Tech can continue to provide exceptional programs that benefit faculty, staff and students. Your generous gift supports the following:
Annual and Endowed Scholarships
With educational costs rising, scholarships are a win-win opportunity that enables Wake Tech to attract and retain bright students and makes pursuing an education affordable for those with limited resources. With most divisions administering at least one scholarship, students may apply for two types of scholarships, financial need and merit based. Merit scholarships give students the encouragement they need to continue their level of educational excellence while need based scholarships are often the only means for some students to continue their academic pursuits.
Emergency Financial Aid
The #1 reason students cite for dropping out of college is lack of funds. At an average age of 30, many of our students work a full-time or several part-time jobs while balancing family, community and personal commitments. Most attend Wake Tech with the assistance of government grants, loans, emergency financial aid and scholarships. Wake Tech Foundation focuses its emergency funding on students who have maintained good academic records, but who experience crises that threaten to erase months, even years, of progress toward a degree. The Foundation has rescued hundreds of bright, but financially strapped students from the brink of dropping out and put them back on track toward academic progress and success are often the only means for some students to continue their academic pursuits.
Faculty/Staff Professional Development
The key to any organization’s success is the development and retention of its employees and Wake Tech is no different. Tuition Assistance grants for continuing education and professional training enable Wake Tech faculty to stay on the cutting edge of their respective disciplines, advance the skills and educational goals of staff and assist those who require recertification or additional coursework for regional and national accrediting requirements. These grants of up to $1300/yr for coursework and up to $600/yr for licensure/certifications serve as an important tool in the retention of outstanding faculty and staff.
Excellence in Teaching and Service Awards recognize the exemplary contributions made by faculty and staff to the college and the community. Each year, faculty and staff representing all divisions of the college are selected through a rigorous peer selection and evaluation process. Awards of $750 are distributed at a recognition dinner that culminates with two finalists, Wake Tech’s Instructor of the Year and Staff Member of the Year, receiving an additional $750 and the opportunity to represent Wake Tech at the statewide community college competition.
Fostering Bright Futures Fellowship
Fostering Bright Futures Fellowship (FBFF) program is a public-private partnership that addresses the overwhelming need for a comprehensive support structure to assist foster youths in making the transition from the Wake County Foster Care System to independent young adulthood.
Institutional Priorities & Opportunities
From time to time, private funds are used to meet appropriate institutional needs or opportunities that advance the college’s community mission and elevate its service role to greater prominence in the community. These needs generally fall into capital improvements and include such things as land acquisition, building renovations and expansions, and furnishings for existing buildings.
The rapid pace and high cost of technology continues to challenge the college’s ability to keep pace with the changing employment needs of companies looking to Wake Tech for graduates skilled in modern technology and equipment. This challenge, coupled with the limited equipment budgets affecting not only Wake Tech, but also the entire community college system, has raised the need for increased gifts in kind and cash donations, specifically for equipment, to a new level.
Instructional Program Support
Program support funds provide seed money for research, materials, staff release time and conference/travel assistance to assist in the expansion or development of new curricula and training opportunities, which enable Wake Tech to respond to changing needs in workforce training. Wake Tech’s ability to respond to changes in business and industry as well as changes within the community is critical to the college’s success.