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Wake Tech holds largest graduation ever

Posted May 23, 2010
Updated May 24, 2010

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— Wake Technical Community College held the largest graduation in the school's history at the Raleigh Convention Center Sunday.

More than 1,300 graduates received degrees and diplomas at the 3 p.m. ceremony. That total is up 28 percent from the number of students who graduated last year.

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

About 40 percent of the new grads were still seeking employment, an increase over 18 percent seeking jobs at graduation a year ago. On average, more than 90 percent of Wake Tech graduates find employment within one year of their graduation, a spokeswoman said.

The 2010 graduates range in age from 17 and 67 and include two married couples and a 48-year-old single mother who is receiving three associates degrees.

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  • Conservative May 24, 2010

    "That's a good point... also, I don't think they have the same entitlement issues as someone coming from a four-year college... they don't mind starting at the bottom to work their way to the top where you have some four-year-graduates who think that because they have a bachelor's the world owes them an $80,000-a-year job and anything less is below them... that's just not realistic..."

    Just give it time!

  • superman May 24, 2010

    I had a guy that teaches HVAC at Wake Tech install a heat pump for me about 2 years ago. When it was all hooked up --it wouldnt work. Took him two weeks to get it running. The unit was made to work sideways but the space wouldnt allow it so it ran it the other way and "made it work". He purcahsed the unit so it was his fault. The "shoud" that covers the duct work looks like the work of a 12 year old. The top is concave and water collects on the top of the sheet metal and it is now covered with rust. If this is an example of an instructor teaching at Wake Tech-- I wouldnt recommend even hiring one of their students. I have never seen a worse installation.

  • hardwork919 May 24, 2010

    "I would bet the employment rate after graduation from wake tech is higher than a 4 year program. I graduated 10 years ago from there and we had recruiters in all the time looking for technical specialist. That's one thing about a trade- people will always need their car fixed, plumbing work and HVAC... Good luck" ncguy

    That's a good point... also, I don't think they have the same entitlement issues as someone coming from a four-year college... they don't mind starting at the bottom to work their way to the top where you have some four-year-graduates who think that because they have a bachelor's the world owes them an $80,000-a-year job and anything less is below them... that's just not realistic...

  • ncguy May 24, 2010

    I would bet the employment rate after graduation from wake tech is higher than a 4 year program. I graduated 10 years ago from there and we had recruiters in all the time looking for technical specialist. That's one thing about a trade- people will always need their car fixed, plumbing work and HVAC...

    Good luck