Wake Tech 2015 Convocation

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On August 13th 2015, I attended Wake Technical Community College’s Fall 2015 convocation presentation at 9am  in the Student Services Building at Wake Tech’s Main Campus in Raleigh, NC.

As August approaches, the faculty at Wake Tech renew and re-invigorate as they go where no college has gone before. The theme for this years convocation was based around star trek, the Wake Trek Convocation

We watched a short STEM STARS video, noting that applications are due by September.

We discussed the new 3D printers, and using them to create items. Students in mechanical engineer, interior design, structural engineering will create a Perkins-funded grant for the creation of a 3D map of campus. Using 3D technology, visually impaired students will soon have the ability to utilize this material for traveling.

Building and Construction Updates

7-29-15. North campus 87,000 sqft will open the library, building F. We will also add 800 space parking deck in late august. Pedestrian bridgies being revisited

PSEC phase III renovation complete jan 2016. Indoor firing range, defensive tactics and classrooms

nov 4 2015 for hlding hall, finished jan 2016. Expansion f lot P for additional 215 spaces.

Wake Tech RTP campus RTI 1 building being designed fall 2017 completion date


Sam Strickland one-stop location for veterans and success. Completion and success t be determined upon completion, although preliminary work is quite favorable.

Wake Tech faculty association join $2.
concerning faculty needs and desires.


Cyber security: enhance and expand our software. Training is underway for students and several groups of student-based learning for helping our student adopt this tech.

Entrepeneurship: partner with wells fargo to inspire small business owners. STARTUP connects school activities with external entrepeneur culture

Veteran training completed 55 programs

Workforce training has added career pathways program for career training couching, advancement reseources and financial assistant

CALEA reaccreditation only having this accreditation in state, and one of 2 in the united states.

Cosmetology program now added. short term, fast track program as well as content in prof ethics and infection control.

AARP include PLUS 50 expo classes in social media, resume writing, job seeking skills.


job assessments do not agree. review job duties. apologize for delay, but materials must be completed properly.


Referrals for the staff member council are requested. 57 staff council members, but looking for more. Please fill out referrals online or visit executive committee.


The employee portal has now been made available. Common links to outlook, eagles nest, announcements and forms, webadvisor, colleague. You MUST use internet explorer to access it.

[  How can IE be the preferred browser for blackboard? It remains unknown ]


Epic will require much work. This future-forward thinking will release us from silos and standardized testing. May require us to become comfortable with chaos at warpspeed. The epic quality enhancement force. The force is strong in our team. Faculty learning standards will encompass all student courses, and students will require E-Learning preparedness. Faculty will design and deliver online courses using epic standards for availability in the FALL 2016

Certification for EPIC Master Instructor will be available PD available in the FALL in Pathway 1.

Students are required to take the E-LEARNING INTRO before registering for an online course. 5,021 have already taken the course, and 93% have successfully completed this training.


All generations and crossover and traveling distance and meeting new challenges covered. Dr. Stephen Scott addressed the us.

Benchmarking has been praised..

Employee assessments do not meet the advisor assessments. Hard choices are made ver equipment and new faculty appointments. per-student funding has been declining. New resources are interesting, and we’re seeking out new sources at all time. We need grants with sustainability in the mix. Some employees are partially or wholly funded by grants. When the grants run out, what is the model for sustainability?

When you discuss special funding at different schools, how were these things funded sustained? We want more funding sustainable.

[Is faculty ranks funded? For now, yes.]

initiative 1: Completion by design. We have a graduation rate which could be increased. We want this to beat averages. COmpletins are becoming a measure of success. Our step up to a degree program will help achieve the completions. 30hrs transferred to a 4-year school has become a positive mark.

initiative 2: EPIC. Epic standards will be the standard for seated and online classes. All lessons from online offerings should be brought to bear to seated classes.

initiative 3: benchmarking. Has improved, but must evolve. Intent is to find someting we want improved and find the best at it- talk to them and then apply those differences within our budgets. Some projects require additional funding to make this happen.

43 faculty and staff achieved faculty rank increases, and 15 prjects were recognized.

Grant awards for Applied Benchmarking large projects were announced. I won an upcoming benchmarking grant for my sustainable grant

TAG video shows how the ripple campaign and other giving prgrams allow us to build a better tomorrow.

Vicki Sharpe, the next Scott Scholar (student and mother of two). School has changed her life. She began in 2013, but givin up was never an otpion. She worked collaboratively and grew as a student and leader. Through mentorships and believing in herself and other s believing in her. Wake Tech has really helped her. and thank you.