Wake Tech Receives $100,000 Grant to Serve Veterans

September 10th, 2014




Funds Will Help Train and Certify Vets for Greater Career Opportunities

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 10, 2014) - Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Wake Tech Community College is helping veterans translate military experience into opportunities for employment and career advancement. The funds are part of a $1 million grant IVMF received from the Walmart Foundation for veteran vocational education.  With the donation, Wake Tech will support vocational education and training for veterans – one of three such grants awarded nationwide. 

The funds will go toward the Accelerated Career Transformation Services (ACTS) program, started at Wake Tech last year with an initial donation of $10,000 from IVMF via the Walmart Foundation. The ACTS program aims to improve education and career outcomes for veterans by offering accelerated credentialing opportunities in areas where military training can give them an edge. Four career tracks with high employment gaps have been identified in which Military Occupation Specialist (MOS) training will translate into accelerated programs of study: Cyber-security, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), EMT/Paramedic, and Apartment Maintenance Technician. 

“This is such a win-win!” says Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen C. Scott. “Walmart’s generous donation allows us to provide more resources to veterans who have given so much to our community and our nation – and at the same time, to build a more highly-skilled workforce that strengthens our regional economy.”   

Following its original pledge of $20 million in 2011, this May the Walmart Foundation announced another $20 million commitment through 2015 to support veteran employment and transition programs. Walmart is committed to offering a job to veterans who have separated from active duty within the last 12 months. To date, Walmart has hired nearly 50,000 veterans through its Welcome Home Commitment. 

For more information on the ACTS program, visit veterans.waketech.edu.


Wake Tech Newsroom

A lot happens at Wake Tech. Keep up with what’s most newsworthy at our campuses and training centers. Learn about innovative programs and partnerships, faculty accomplishments and leadership initiatives, student events and more.

Subscribe to RSS

Social Media

Monthly Archive

quick links for

Welcome! We are pleased that you are considering Wake Tech as you plan for your education and career.

Welcome! Please explore the information and resources on these pages. If you have questions, we will be happy to help.

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here and hope you enjoy your course or courses at Wake Tech. Please let us know if you have questions or need more information.

Wake Tech welcomes veterans and provides assistance with VA benefits and other services.

Wake Tech offers customized employee training for area businesses. We also offer career fairs, job posting services, and other resources to assist employers seeking full-time and part-time employees.

We value our alumni and want you to stay connected to Wake Tech! Read some of our success stories, and find out about our Alumni Affinity program, with special benefits and incentives created for you.

Explore the professional services and resources available for Wake Tech employees.

Welcome! Please explore the information and resources on these pages. If you have questions, we will be happy to help.