Ready to launch a new career or upskill in your current profession?

WakeWorks®Propel is a training initiative to assist residents with job transition and economic recovery.

Established by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, Propel offers scholarships of up to $750 for accelerated, non-degree Workforce Continuing Education courses leading to industry-recognized or state credentials for high-demand jobs in five career fields. Most of the courses can be completed in three to six months.

The awards are based on student need and cover the cost of registration, fees, books, course-specific supplies and credentialing exams.

Students also receive program guidance from Wake Tech career coaches and employment planning, job matching and other support services from Capital Area Workforce Development’s NCWorks Career Center.

Programs and Pathways

All Propel training programs prepare you for immediate employment. Some courses may also lead to opportunities to obtain course credit in a Wake Tech degree program. These programs are notated with a "+" symbol.


  • Bioprocessing Technician +


  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
  • Bookkeeping Fundamentals using Quickbooks +
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate +
  • CompTIA Certified Cybersecurity Analyst CySA +
  • Data Analytics for Business Professionals
  • IT Support Technician +
  • Microsoft Office 365/Office 2019 for Office Administration
  • Network Technician +
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator
  • Software Developer Using Python +
  • Technology Basics for Digital Literacy
  • Web Programmer Using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript +
  • Web Programmer Using Python and Django +


  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Central Sterile Processing Technician
  • EKG Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) +
  • Health care Billing and Coding +
  • Medical Terminology +


  • Basic Law Enforcement Training +


  • Apartment Maintenance Technician
  • Carpentry
  • Facilities Maintenance Technician
  • Tower Technician

Course start dates depend on program pathway. All programs are subject to availability, and programs may be added or removed from Propel as needed. 

Each of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges received GEER funds to offer tuition assistance to eligible students pursuing high-demand workforce training in key pathways. Learn more about the statewide awareness campaign at TimeForANewYou.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are the scholarships?

Scholarship awards are up to $750 per class and cover the cost of registration, fees, books, course-specific equipment and supplies and credentialing exams.

Can I use scholarship money for more than one class?

Yes. Some of the pathways have multiple classes to earn certification. If your initial course does not cost the full $750, you can use any remaining balance toward a second course in the pathway.

How do I qualify?

Awards are need-based, and recipients are selected based on information provided on the application. Numerical scores will be assigned to each criterion based on several factors, including but not limited to financial need, employment status, veteran status and stated career objective.

Will employment assistance be provided?

Yes. The Capital Area Workforce Development’s NCWorks Career Center will provide employment planning, job matching and other support services.

Can I receive funds for classes that aren’t listed in the career pathways?

No. But other scholarship money may be available for other Workforce Continuing Education courses not part of WakeWorks®Propel.

Whom do I contact for updates on my application status?

Please contact the Career Pathways team at [email protected] with any questions about your application.

Contact Us

Want to know more about WakeWorks®Propel? Contact us at [email protected].