Wake Technical Community College is a two-year, public institution serving Raleigh, North Carolina, and surrounding Wake County. It was chartered in 1958 as the Wake County Industrial Education Center and began operation in 1963 with 34 full-time students. In 1964 it was formally dedicated as the W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center. The college grew rapidly, and in 1987 its name was changed to Wake Technical Community College.Wake Tech is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is currently the second largest community college in the state, with an annual enrollment of more than 65,000 students.The Mission of Wake Technical Community College is to improve and enrich lives by meeting the lifelong education, training, and workforce development needs of the communities we serve. Our VISION is a college that exceeds the expectations of our stakeholders for effective lifelong education, training, and workforce development by providing world-class programs and services. Wake Tech will structure its operations, training, and educational programs around the Core Values of accountability, respect, responsibility, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.