RALEIGH, N.C. (October 17, 2012) – Wake Tech Community College has been awarded the largest grant in its 50-year history: $2.95 million for a new training program that will be the first of its kind in the nation. The federal funds will allow Wake Tech to develop training in business analytics – offering skills, credentials, and new employment opportunities to workers displaced by outsourcing, and others. The program will offer a variety of credentialing options, including the nation’s only two-year associate’s degree in Business Analytics, two certificate programs and two certificate upgrades.
“This grant is the right funding at the right time,” said Carol Cutler White, Dean of Sponsored Programs and Federal Relations at Wake Tech. “Business analytics is an emerging field of employment with vast job opportunities in the Triangle and beyond.”
U.S. Rep. David Price presented Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott with a symbolic check for the grant funds at the college today. “Wake Tech’s leadership in job retraining is a textbook example of how communities and government can work together effectively to invest in the American people,” said Rep. Price. “With help from this grant, Wake Tech will bring new, high-demand skills in business analytics to the Triangle workforce. This is how we grow the economy from the middle class out.”
The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative. The initiative promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care – as well as science, technology, engineering and math – through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.
The funding was one of a number of grants included in the second installment of a $2 billion, four-year initiative. Wake Tech was the only North Carolina community college to receive an individual grant.
About Wake Technical Community College:
Wake Technical Community College serves more than 66,000 students annually with five campuses, two training centers, multiple community sites, and a comprehensive array of online learning options. Wake Tech is fully accredited and offers more than 180 associate’s degrees, diplomas, and certificates that prepare students for university transfer or immediate employment. Wake Tech also offers non-credit continuing education programs: customized workforce training, small business support, public safety officer training, basic skills courses such as English as a Second Language and high school equivalency preparation, and other courses for personal enrichment. For more information, visit www.waketech.edu, www.twitter.com/