On April 2nd, 2015 at Wake Tech’s North Campus, Dr. Stephen Scott addressed the Wake Tech Faculty Professional Development Conference at 8:30am
Faculty Professional Development Conference 2015 Keynote: Dr. Stephen Scott
Today’s faculty development keynote was opened by James Roberson, Chair of Faculty Development. After a set of brief introductions, he introduced VP Bryan Ryan, and several other key members of faculty PD staff.
Dr. Stephen Scott began with his keynote with a quick breakdown of Wake Tech’s current system. In the last year, Wake Tech had over 64,000 registered students, making us the largest community college in North Carolina. We have increased our full student offerings, increasing from 67 degrees and certifications offered, to a full compliment of 231 degrees, certifications & diplomas.
Dr. Scott went on to discuss the changes taking over both the industry and the United States. This economic recovery is different from others. Typically, the economic recovery and recession cycle is on a 10/11 year cycle. the determination for the economic cycle is typically based on jobs and job numbers. For most people, the number of jobs available and the % of people jobless represent 100% of the recession determination.
What’s the difference between a recession and a depression? Well, the answer is relative. How do we help students face the new business models and the new job paradigms of this modern era? How can we prepare the students of today for the new jobs that are going to be created or available in 2-4 years? Many of the jobs we have today, and the degrees we offer now simply didn’t exist 10 years ago. To remain relevant, we need to constantly keep on the cutting edge and prepared for the trends and technologies of today and tomorrow. That is why we focus on value-added education and continuous improvement through professional education, professional development and applied benchmarking.
We strive to catch that wave of the future, and ride where it takes us. Ideally, you’re a surfer, but its not as easy as it looks.>/i>
We at Wake Tech have grown in size and scope to reach 100,000 students enrolled by 2020. Community college enrollment in the state is down across the board, but we have been growing. How can we continue to grow? What can we do to reach our true and best potential?
Full funding over the summer would only grow our programs and student body here. We have truly been pushing STEM education, and it has really been helping us and our numbers. The process of construction is looking good, and we will begin breaking ground in Fall 2016 at our RTP campus.
Dr. Stephen C. Scott is the third president in Wake Tech’s history. His personal focus is on value added education and leadership development for faculty, staff and students.