(music) I am so happy and so thankful that Wake Tech actually got this program, I know it was a long time coming in the works, you know, and when I found out that they were getting this program, I was thrilled, because I’m right down the street, and it was just very convenient for me. I’m really excited to graduate – it’s been a long two years, but a fun two years, and I’ve learned a lot, and I’m really excited to get out there in the real world and show what I’ve learned. So how should be build this house? Coming into Wake Tech I really didn’t have a lot of experience with children, and after a couple classes, I started to get to know what to do with them, how to interact with them, what activities to do, and it really taught me a lot of how to get engaged with them and interact with them. I’m really thankful I came to Wake Tech instead of another college because I think if I went to another college, I would have just been, I probably wouldn’t be where I’m at today. (music) The program that I’m taking now at Wake Tech is Medical Office Administration and I think that it’s thoroughly prepared me for the workforce, because of the various classes that we’ve had to take, such as our professional development, and now I’m ready to go out and do interviews, actually get my resumes and cover letters completed, and I feel more at ease in doing that. I’m so excited – it’s been a long tour for me but I am so excited to be graduating on May 23 and I’m going to miss Wake Tech, however, I’m ready to go out into the workforce. So I saw this thing on the Internet so obviously it’s true. To be able to start at Wake Tech and to graduate from Wake Tech, and feel like, wow, I have made a major step forward in my career, and that’s very exciting. Phi Theta Kappa is the Business Club here on campus and it’s a national organization, but what that has allowed me to do is really network, and meet with other business majors around the state, and then also around our nation. (music) My Wake Tech experience has been basically like an excellent transition point between like, high school, and then, like, a huge university. I’m really glad that I came to a community college first, because it gives you, like, the college courses, like, they’re strict and everything else, but they’re not so over demanding, or that you’re just part of, like, this sea of people, like, you have two hundred people in your class, and you never even actually talk to the professor at all. After graduation, like I said, I’m planning on applying to a four year university, either UGA, I was looking at High Point University as well, as I eventually want to get to Columbia in New York, and like I said, I think that Wake Tech has really prepared me for that next step, because I know, right out of high school, I know, personally, I was not ready to go away from home and to really be on my own, so I really feel like Wake Tech has been that good, like, intermediate step to help me grow up. (music) All of the instructors that I’ve had are great. Our Department head, Ms. Slaughter, has really helped me throughout this whole process, from the Huskin’s program in high school to the Criminal Justice program now. The Huskins program is when the Wake Tech instructor comes to your high school and offers courses there, so I was offered four different criminal justice courses at Fuquay high school, and that allowed me to not only graduate high school in three years, but to get my Associates in one year. I will be attending UNC-Wilmington for my Bachelors in Criminology. When I started out here, I had done a little bit of welding before getting into this program, but nowhere near what I know now, I mean, Wake Tech has been essential in training me and bringing me up in my skill level. The idea was to get good knowledge and experience down, and hopefully to make a little more money than the average person and hopefully it’ll get me into the Navy a little bit higher but, it’s a great honor, you know, to be graduating here at Wake Tech. (music) The clinical experience at Wake Tech is very useful going throughout this program, you just really get that experience that you need to go out and go from being a student to a registered technologist. It’s a great feeling to know that you’re finishing something up, you’re concluding your two years here, and just going to enter the work force, it’s a whole new challenge, so as one door closes, another door opens. (music) Before I got here to Wake Tech at the automotive department, I was one of those guys, you know, change your oil, change brakes, you know, so I thought I knew a little bit about cars and I didn’t know, I didn’t know much. I mean, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you end up, you end up doing more harm than good. After graduation here at the automotive department at Wake Tech I do plan on going to ECU, because, like I said, they have a great opportunity to take my credits here and move them there and basically not lose two years. (music) Being a student athlete, being at Wake Tech, I learned a lot here from the past two years I learned college is completely different from high school, but it also gets you ready for the real world. I’m majoring in Business, and the reason why I chose Business because it’s such a wide variety, you can open up a business as far as being an entrepreneur, or anything that you want. Playing basketball has really helped me out in the classroom and on the court as well, because it teaches you time management skills and to study the plays just like you have to study in the classroom to get better. (music) Wake Tech provided an outlet to give me some services so I’d something to put on that resume saying I have a civilian education I’m coming out of here as a certified John Deere Technician I’ve got two Associates degrees and I went from not be able to find a job to having three interviews in the same week. My sponsor is offering me a pretty good, pretty fair deal Knowing I had a job whether I was looking for one or not is a complete turnaround after two years. I’m used to graduation on the military side of things, walking the stage for jump school, walking the stage for basic training and whatnot. But the first person that I know of in my family that’s getting some sort of a college education.