Wake Technical Community College will celebrate its 50th year of existence with a year-long celebration, including many events in which the community can participate, according to a press release from the college. The events will include a 5K Run/Walk in March, the annual Culinary Arts Showcase in April, a Health Fair, open-house events -- even a “Wobble” dance-off.
Wake Tech has created a website with details about the event as well as historical information about the college, a timeline, a page for alumni and videos featuring some of the first Wake Tech graduates and all three college presidents.
The celebration will highlight Wake Tech’s tremendous growth over the years – from 34 full-time students when it opened its doors on October 7, 1963, as the W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center to more than 66,000 students today spread out over five campuses, two training centers and a number of community sites across Wake County.
Accompanying the anniversary is the launch of “a new brand identity for the college,” the press release stated. The new branding, which was developed in partnership with VisionPoint Marketing in Raleigh, includes a new college logo featuring a torch “symbolizing the role Wake Tech plays in helping students find their way along the truly life-changing path of higher education,” as well as a new tagline, “Lead the way.” The tagline “speaks to students’ ability to take charge of their lives as they learn and grow, as well as to lead and inspire others,” the release stated, adding, “It also alludes to the innovation and future focus that have been a hallmark of Wake Tech programs and services for 50 years.”
The 50th anniversary coincides with Wake Tech’s major gifts campaign. Named “The Ripple Effect,” the campaign aims to raise $12 million to support student success, staff and faculty innovation and technology.