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University announces new community initiative to serve Latino and first-generation students

RALEIGH, NC (August 16, 2022) – Wake Tech and U.S. Representative Deborah Ross are pleased to announce the Wake Tech Reach Project, an initiative aimed at increasing college student enrollment and success Latinos and first generation.

Supported by $600,000 in community project funding directed by the federal Congress in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2022, the two-year project strives to increase academic supports, mentoring and college experiences to prepare and transition of first-generation students to university.

The Wake Tech Reach project will specifically partner with North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Together program to provide targeted outreach to middle, high school, and first-generation college students and their families to promote attendance at college after high school graduation. The initiative has a special focus on Latino students, the largest population of first-generation students.

The project will use the support of a Wake Tech Project Coordinator and a Career and College Access Coach at specific Wake County middle and high schools to provide workshops for Project Reach participants and their families to help students make a better transition to college. Through college readiness programming, students will learn about support programs and services at Wake Tech and receive career exploration and success coaching. The project will also work to increase the sense of belonging on campus by connecting Project Reach participants with peer mentors at events such as family days and summer academies.

“I was delighted to help Wake Tech secure federal funding for the Reach project earlier this year,” said Congresswoman Ross. “This exciting program will help put first-generation students on an equal footing with their peers as they navigate high school graduation and the transition to college. Wake Tech students and graduates are an integral part of our community and Wake County’s workforce, and this project, in partnership with NC State’s Project Juntos, will help more Wake County students achieve their educational goals and give back to our community. grateful to the leaders and educators at Wake Tech for their commitment to reducing educational barriers and improving equity in our K-12 and higher education systems. I am excited to see the impact of Project Reach on the our community.”

“Many first-generation college students face unique challenges and barriers to transitioning to college, especially if they are the first in their family to navigate college processes like applying for financial aid,” said Kacy McAdoo, Associate Dean of Extension at Wake Tech. “Thanks to Congresswoman Ross’ support, we are excited about this outreach program that will equip Wake Tech to better serve first-generation students and their families in Wake County by increasing equitable access and educational success after secondary school”.


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