Student-Related Services & Activities
Our vision is to eliminate barriers and create opportunities that enable all students to experience success. Our actions are guided by these values:
- The well-being of all students
- Innovation in problem solving
- The positive affirmation of student achievement
- Professionalism and ethical behavior
- Cooperative and collaborative efforts that include enthusiasm, respect and humor
Our mission is to advance the overall mission of the college by providing programs and services that foster academic success, student development and the campus community.
All Wake Tech curriculum programs, as well as Workforce Continuing Education’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Barbering programs, are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for use of GI Bill® benefits. Students who are serving on active duty or are retired, are Ready Reservists, are members of the North Carolina National Guard or are spouses or children of deceased or 100-percent disabled veterans or dependents in receipt of transferred Post-9/11GI Bill entitlement, are all classified as "veteran students." Veterans who wish to use their G.I. Bill education benefits must first establish their eligibility with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by submitting the appropriate application form at GI Bill / Veterans Affairs. Veterans separated from service with an Honorable Discharge usually qualify for education benefits that provide, in general, 36 months of full-time training.
Veterans who have served on active duty on or after September 10, 2001, may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. More information about these benefits is available on the VA website.
Active-duty military personnel are also eligible for education benefits under the G.I. Bill. Interested persons should contact their duty station Education Officer for details. G.I. Bill benefits are available for selected Reserve and National Guard members to help with education and training costs. Interested persons should contact their unit’s Education Representative.
Veterans will not be certified for VA benefits until all entrance/admissions criteria are met. Wake Tech Certifying Officials require "official" transcripts from high school and all other institutions of higher learning to expedite the certification process. Additionally, we request copies of the DD-214 and VA Certificate of Eligibility. Reservist and members of the National Guard are asked to submit the Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE).
Veterans attending Wake Tech under the G.I. Bill receive a monthly reimbursement from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The reimbursement is based on course load; for example, a veteran carrying a full-time load would be eligible for the full benefit. To receive the full benefit, the veteran must be enrolled at the full-time rate for the semester. Veterans should contact Veteran Services, located on Southern Wake Campus in the Student Services Building, Suite 143, or Scott Northern Wake Campus, Building C, Room 206, for more information. Veterans using G.I. Bill benefits are also encouraged to apply for federal financial aid.
NOTE: Veteran Services does not have access to payment information.
Per Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e), any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is permitted to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a "certificate of eligibility" can also include a "Statement of Benefits" obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
- The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution
- 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility
Post-9/11 GI Bill® students who receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments are required to verify their enrollment to continue receiving their payments. By regularly verifying your enrollment, you protect your G.I. Bill entitlement by preventing charges for classes or training you did not attend.
Students using MGIB-Active Duty (Chapter 30) or MGIB-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) must verify their enrollment each month to receive payment for that month. Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using VA Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by calling a toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 877-823-2378.
VA Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy
Per federal regulations, a veteran student’s cumulative GPA must be reviewed at the end of each semester of attendance, including summer. As such, a veteran student failing to receive a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of a semester will have his or her ability to use G.I. Bill benefits place on probationary status. While on probation, the student remains eligible for G.I. Bill benefits. If the student earns a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher by the end of the probationary semester, the probation will be lifted. If a student does not earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA by the end of the probationary semester, VA benefits will be terminated. A veteran student failing to meet the required 2.0 standard at the end of the next term in attendance will also have his or her VA enrollment terminated and benefits temporary suspended. Enrollment certification will not be restored until GPA standards are met, or upon approval of a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal application.
Any changes to a veteran's enrollment must be immediately reported to Wake Tech Veteran Services. Veteran students dropped or withdrawn for any reason will be immediately reported to the VA, and appropriate adjustments will be made. Reporting delays or omissions can adversely affect future benefit payments.
- The course or courses are required by their current program of study.
- The veteran has met with the VA Certifying Official to discuss policies and procedures before registering for a course.
- The veteran has reviewed the Distance Education Student Self-Assessment on the Wake Tech website (or in the schedule of classes) to determine if suited for distance learning.
Remedial and deficiency courses are designed to correct deficiencies in basic mathematics, English and reading at the elementary or secondary level. These courses can be certified as part of an approved program but only for students for whom a verifiable need has been established.
Remedial and deficiency courses offered as independent study (online) cannot be approved an cannot be certified to VA.
A student may want to pursue a dual major/objective. For example, a student may want to concurrently pursue two different degrees or pursue a degree and a certificate. A program of education may lead to more than one educational, professional or vocational objective if all objectives pursued are generally recognized as being reasonably related to a single career field. Only courses required to complete the dual major/objective can be certified.
The VA requires educational institutions to report credit allowed for all prior post-secondary educational credit and training, including military service schools, applicable to a student's current degree program. It is the student's responsibility to request academic transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions previously attended. VA regulations prohibit the college from certifying for payment courses that were previously completed if that course(s) applies toward the degree program pursued at Wake Tech. Students should avoid pursuing courses for which they may later receive transfer credit. If you are unsure how a course might be evaluated at Wake Tech, consult your academic advisor.
Classes that are successfully completed may not be certified again for VA purposes if they are repeated. However, if a student fails a class or if a program requires a higher grade than the one achieved in a particular class for successful completion, that class may be repeated and certified to VA again.
Example 1: If a Nursing program requires a "B" or better in Biology, then that class may be repeated if a "B" or better was not earned. That requirement must be in the school catalog.
Example 2: If a course is required for graduation, a student who receives an "F" may repeat the course and be certified for it until it is successfully completed.
Example 3: If a student chooses to repeat a course that was successfully completed just to improve their GPA, that course cannot be certified to VA.
NOTE: Drops and withdrawals can be repeated as needed.
The VA allows a school to certify for payment of additional class(es) taken during the last term for the purpose of increasing training time or rate of pursuit, up to full-time. While these classes are not required for the specific beneficiary to graduate, they must be included within the program of study. Such classes must be specified by name in the approved program curriculum and not have been already completed. A veteran student can round out a schedule with additional courses to bring his or her course load up to a full-time schedule in his or her last term only. This allows students to continue to receive benefits at the full-time rate in their last term of enrollment, even though fewer credits are required to complete the program.
Wake Tech will waive the 12-month state residency requirement for any student who meets the following criteria as outlined in NC Senate Bill 478:
- The veteran student has applied and enrolled in Wake Tech within three years of discharge or release from the armed forces, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- The veteran student qualifies for and uses educational benefits pursuant to 38 U.S.C. Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I.Bill®, Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness and Employment) or 38 U.S.C. Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), as administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This includes dependents in receipt of Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Entitlement.
- The student’s abode is North Carolina.
A Veterans Priority Registration system has been established to allow all veterans using G.I. Bill® benefits to register for courses before the general registration period opens. Contact Veterans Services for more information.
VA 85/15 Rule
The 85/15 Rule requires that a minimal number of non-veterans find a program worthwhile and valuable or the payment of federal funds to veterans who enroll in the program will not be authorized. The rule prohibits paying Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to students enrolling in a program where more than 85 percent of the students enrolled in that program are having any portion of their tuition, fees or other charges paid for them by the Education and Training Institutions or by VA under Title 38 and Title 10.
Formal complaint policy
Any veteran student may submit a complaint through the G.I. Bill Feedback Tool if Wake Tech fails to follow the Principles of Excellence. A student can submit a complaint for himself or herself, or one can be submitted anonymously on behalf of someone else who does not wish to be identified. The complainant will need to identify which education benefit is being used, select an issue category and detail the complaint in a narrative with the desired outcome. The complainant will also be asked to identify the school and provide contact information. The VA will review the following types of complaints:
- Recruiting/marketing practices
- Quality of education
- Grade policy
- Financial issues (e.g., tuition or fee charges)
- Release of transcripts
- Student loans
- Transfer of credits
- Post-graduation job opportunities
- Refund issues
- Change in degree plans or requirements
Complaints are sent from the VA to Wake Tech Veteran Services for review and to provide a response. If the VA determines another government agency would be better able to assist, they will forward the complaint to them and provide you an update. Please note, complaints submitted anonymously will not be sent to the college to prepare a response but are submitted for the record to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network.
Upon receiving a formal complaint, Wake Tech Veteran Services will review it, communicate with the complainant you as needed and prepare a response to the VA.
More information about veterans’ educational benefits can be found on the Wake Tech website.
Veteran Services office hours and locations
Southern Wake Campus
Student Services Building, Suite 143
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Scott Northern Wake Campus
Building C, Room 206 (Veterans Zone)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Perry Health Science Campus
Every 3rd Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Virtual appointments are available at the following times:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
G.I. Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available on the official U.S. government website.
Student centers have been established on all Wake Tech campuses for students to study, relax and get refreshments. The centers may include televisions, vending machines, computers and other services, depending on the needs of the campus.
Student Centers are located on the Southern Wake Campus (Building L), the Scott Northern Wake Campus (Building B), the Perry Health Sciences Campus (Building 2), the Western Wake Campus (second floor), the Public Safety Education Campus (Room 1420) and the RTP Campus (Building 1).
When using the Wake Tech Student Centers:
Keep noise of all kinds to a minimum.
- Talk quietly.
- Use earphones for electronic devices.
- Do not play musical instruments unless authorized for a special event.
Help to keep centers clean and accessible for all.
- Place trash and recyclables in appropriate receptacles.
- Do not move furniture or tamper with equipment not designated for student use.
Respect yourself and others.
- Wear appropriate clothing, including shirts and shoes (See Student Dress and Hygiene Policy).
- Refrain from profane or obscene language and behavior.
- Do not engage in violent or aggressive behavior of any kind, including hitting, wrestling, play fighting or throwing objects.
Failure to comply with the guidelines above will result in the loss of student center privileges for a period of time and the incident reported to the Student Conduct Officer. A second offense will result in loss of privileges for an extended period of time and additional sanction(s) from the Student Conduct Officer.
Public telephones are conveniently located on all campuses for students desiring to make telephone calls. A courtesy phone for student use is located on the Southern Wake Campus in the Student Development Office in Building L, Room 128. A courtesy phone is located at the front desk in the lobby of Building A on the Scott Northern Wake Campus. Students are not permitted to use any other office telephones for personal calls.
Since the college does not have access to an intercom system or a messenger service, staff members will not deliver a message to a student unless it is determined to be an emergency. In an emergency, an individual who calls for a student must state the nature of the emergency; someone in Security Services will look up the student's schedule and attempt to contact him or her immediately.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a standard procedure for the storage and disposal of lost or unclaimed items on Wake Tech's premises. Whenever possible, the owner of such items will be contacted first.
The following guidelines apply:
- Any lost or unclaimed item deemed unsafe or unsanitary will be discarded immediately.
- Food and other perishable items, lunch bags and thermoses will be discarded after 24 hours.
- State ID cards, credit or debit cards or anything with an identifying name will be shredded and discarded after two business weeks. Attempts will be made to contact the student or individual by Wake Tech email and/or phone number on record. Cards turned in will be kept in a secure location.
- Student IDs are turned into Campus Police/Student ID Office within two business days.
- Clothing, backpacks and other personal items will be donated to charity or discarded after 30 business days.
- Cellphones and other personal electronic devices will be recycled after 30 business days.
- USBs will be checked for personal data to locate the owner. After 30 business days, the USB will be cleared of all data and donated.
- Keys will be discarded after 30 business days.
- Cash will be documented and donated to the Nest/Food Pantry on the campus where found after 30 business days.
Items valued at more than $200 (laptops, purses, jewelry, etc.) will be recorded in a log and locked in a secure storage area accessible only to an authorized Wake Tech employee. Items may be reclaimed only by someone providing identification and proof of ownership.
"Lost and Found" repositories are located in the reception areas on most campuses, with these exceptions: Southern Wake Campus repository is in Building L, Room 137-G; the Scott Northern Wake Campus repository is in Building B, Room 150; and the RTP Campus repository is in Building 1, Room 150.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the campus organization that represents the interests of all Wake Tech students. Each curriculum student enrolled at Wake Tech is required to pay the Student Administration Fee and shall be a member of the SGA and governed by its rules and regulations.
The Office of Student Development supports and encourages professional organizations and clubs at Wake Tech. Professional organizations and clubs give students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with professionals in a given field of study and get involved. Students interested in joining a club should visit the Office of Student Activities in the Student Services Building on Southern Wake Campus.
Guidelines for organizational approval
All student organizations must be approved by the college through the Office of Student Development. The following are procedural guidelines for obtaining new student organization approval:
- Students wishing to create a new organization must request an application from the Director of Student Activities. The application period for establishing a new organization is Spring semester (applications received during the Fall semester will be considered for approval for the following academic year).
- The application must include the name of the organization, its purpose, objectives, recommendation for a faculty advisor, procedures for electing officers, means and methods for financing and other information as requested by the Dean of Student Development.
- The organization must receive approval from the Director of Student Activities, the Dean of Student Development, the Senior Vice President of Student Services and the President of the college before becoming an official college organization.
The mission of Wake Tech's athletics program is to enhance the college experience for all students by promoting fitness, building awareness of the importance of lifelong physical activity and developing character and leadership ability through athletic activities and events. Wake Tech encourages all students to participate in athletics, develop athletic skills and abilities and strive to realize their full potential.
The program offers high-quality instruction and support services with the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, administration, trustees and the community. Wake Tech offers equal opportunity for all in compliance with the regulations of Title IX and adheres to an established code of conduct for all athletes and program participants.
Wake Tech is a proud member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region X.
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Veterans Zones provide Wake Tech student veterans and their family members with a "safe zone," a unique academic and social environment in which they can engage and interact. The Veterans Zones offer computing options, study space and connections to community and college resources and services. Wake Tech is proud to support veterans and is thankful for their service to our country.
Veterans Zones are located on the following campuses:
- RTP Campus, Building 1, Room 322MB
- Scott Northern Wake Campus, Building C, Room 2006
- Southern Wake Campus, Building L, Room 133
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