Wake Tech Community College will wrap up a year-long celebration today of the 50 years it has spent preparing students for the job market.
Markets change, and Wake Tech has changed, too. When the school opened in 1963 as the W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center, it had 34 students in four programs on campus, and 270 more at off-campus programs. Today's event will be held in that fist building, where students learned auto mechanics, TV and radio repair, electrical installation and maintenance, and drafting.
NC Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker will speak at 9 a.m. in the SSB Conference Center about jobs of the future. At 10:30 a.m., Gov. Pat McCrory will speak at a ceremony at the construction site of Montague Hall. McCrory is expected to talk about contributions Wake Tech has made to the local economy by helping train its workforce over the past five decades, which in turn has helped draw companies to the region.
The event will include the presentation of a time capsule to be incorporated into the new building.