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75 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 EDUCATION VISIT TODAY! DISCOVER ONE OF THE REASONS GREATER RALEIGH IS SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY: WAKE TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE 919-866-5000 QUALITY fully-accredited, first-rate faculty, state-of-the-art facilities OPTIONS university transfer, professional credentials, workforce training CONVENIENCE nine locations across Wake County and NC's largest ONLINE COLLEGE your potential and all that you can achieve. According to Dr. Stephen C. Scott, Dean of Wake Tech Community College (WTCC), his school is continuing to excel. "As the spring 2017 semester begins, more than 21,000 students are taking classes in academic programs at Wake Tech and are well on their way to earning degrees – that's a record! While enrollment at other community colleges is stagnant, ours continues to grow: Wake Tech serves the equivalent of 1 in 8 Wake County adults every year." Wake Tech is North Carolina's largest community college, serving more than 70,000 students annually with five campuses, three training centers, multiple community sites, and a comprehensive array of online learning options. WTCC is fully accredited and offers more than 200 associate's degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Wake Tech also offers non-credit continuing education programs: customized workforce training, small business support, public safety officer training, basic skills courses such as English as a Second Language and high school equivalency preparation. In the Triangle, educational programs and curricula that prepare students doesn't just happen in the colleges, universities and technical schools. Business and community leadership work closely even at the K-12 school level to assure that every educational advantage possible is being afforded to students. Fifty-six innovative schools provide a number of unique options for families in the Durham Public Schools District System (DPS). Serving nearly 34,000 students annually, DPS include early college, medical and technology academies, Montessori and International Baccalaureate programs, as well as schools for the performing and creative arts. DPS administration, faculty and staff work to provide all students with an outstanding education that motivates them to reach their full potential while enabling them to discover their interests and talents, pursuing their goals and dreams, succeeding in college, and in the workforce and as citizens. They achieve this year-end and year-out with a workable collaboration of the students, the parents and the community! Orange County Schools (OCS) makes its home in the county seat of Hillsborough. The OCS district is comprised of thirteen schools: 7 elementary including one year-round school of choice, 3 middle schools, 2 high schools and an alternative school. The schools' curricular and extra-curricular activities promote the academic, physical, emotional and social development of students. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) also serves more than 12,000 Orange County students. CHCCS is located near both the world renowned Research Triangle Park (RTP) and the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC). The district operates three high schools, four middle schools, ten elementary schools, a school for young people being treated at UNC Hospital and an alternative high school. CHCCS's high school students boast the state's highest districtwide SAT scores and one of the state's lowest drop-out rates. The strength of Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) was one of the main reasons Forbes magazine named Raleigh the #1 city for raising a family. With a student population (around 155,000) and 40,000 additional students projected by year 2022, WCPSS is one of the largest public school systems in the country. There are 170 schools: 104 elementary, 33 middle, 26 high, 4 special/optional schools, 1 academy (K-8), and 2 leadership academies (6-12). WCPSS remains No.1 in the nation in board certified teachers in what is widely considered the "gold standard" in teaching – certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. For families in search of plentiful, quality educational opportunities, your decision to relocate to the Triangle region could not have been better. []

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