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 scholarship awards 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 3 to 6 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 of the courses may also lead to opportunities to enroll in a Wake Tech degree program. These programs are notated with a "+" symbol: WakeWorks®Propel+.
- Bioprocessing Technician +
- Industrial Automation
- Mechatronics +
- Robotics Technician
- Cisco Certified Network Associate
- Data Analytics for Business Professionals
- Information Security Analyst
- IT Support Technician +
- Network Technician +
- Red Hat Certified System Administrator
- Software Developer Using Python +
- Technology Basics for Digital Literacy
- Web Programmer Using Python and Django +
- Certified Nurse Aide
- Central Sterile Processing Technician
- EKG Technician
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)+
- Healthcare Billing and Coding +
- Medical Terminology +
- 911 Telecommunicator
- Basic Law Enforcement Training +
- Apartment Maintenance Technician
- Certified Forklift Maintenance Technician
- Commercial Food Equipment Repair Technician
- Facilities Maintenance Technician
- Tower Technician
Course start dates vary depending 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
Scholarship awards are up to $750 per class and cover the cost of registration, fees, books, course-specific equipment and supplies and credentialing exams.
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 award balance toward a second course in the pathway.
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 to include, but not limited to, financial need, employment status, veteran status, and stated career objective.
Yes, Capital Area Workforce Development’s NCWorks Career Center will provide employment planning, job matching, and other support services.
The WakeWorks®Propel program is funded through September 30, 2022.
No, but other scholarship money may be available for other Workforce Continuing Education courses not part of WakeWorks®Propel.
Propel awards will be granted for courses beginning in January 2021. Class dates will vary by program.
Please contact the Career Pathways team at [email protected] with any questions about your application.