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Free Workforce Training

The application window has opened for free, accelerated workforce training at Wake Tech. The college is covering the cost of registration, fees, books and course materials for more than 50 short-term programs called "Wake Tech Propel." These programs lead to certifications and licensures in high-demand fields, and most can be completed in six months or less. More than half also lead to credit in a degree program or entry into a WakeWorks apprenticeship. 

"When it comes to our economy, Wake County runs on Wake Tech," said Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. "These programs prepare the skilled workers that drive our community, and the accelerated format allows for quick entry into the job market."


Free Wake Tech Propel programs are offered in high-demand career fields such as health care, IT, construction, business, public safety, hospitality and more. They were selected because of the employment and earnings opportunity within the Wake County region or because of their inclusion in the North Carolina Workforce Credential initiative.

Programs include:

  • Certified Nurse Aide, EKG Technician, EMT, Medical Assistant and other programs that provide entry into high demand health care jobs

  • 15 IT programs, such as CCNA, CompTIA, and Red Hat Certified System Administrator, all leading to industry-recognized certifications that also count toward academic credit in a Wake Tech IT degree

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training program, which is required for a career as a sworn law enforcement officer

  • BioWork, the short-term program that serves as a gateway to employment with many of the biopharmaceutical companies that are rapidly growing in our region

  • 10 programs that count as pre-apprenticeships in the WakeWorks Apprenticeship program, such as Apartment Maintenance, HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and Tower Technician.


All students receive assistance from Wake Tech's Career Services Office with resume writing and interviewing skills. They may also register with Capital Area Workforce Development's NCWorks Career Center for assistance with their job search.

To view the complete list of Propel programs and enroll, visit

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