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Quick Facts About WAAT


• Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT) is an early college high school. Students are dually enrolled in high school and college at the same time.

• Wilson has one of the highest concentrations of manufacturing workforce in NC at 23%.

• Wilson manufacturers has hundreds of jobs open at any given time, despite Wilson's high unemployment rate.

• The focus of the school is centered-around advanced manufacturing technologies.

• Half of the STEM jobs in the USA do not require a college degree and pay an excellent wage.

• This program was developed jointly by the Wilson County Schools, Wilson Community College and a broad spectrum of industries located in Wilson County.

• The five-year program begins in the 9th grade.

• The academy will be limited to 50 students per grade.

• Students will graduate with a high school diploma from WAAT and an Associate Degree from Wilson Community College for FREE!

• The program will be located in a portion of Beddingfield High School, retrofitted for a hands-on learning experience. Advanced college courses will be completed on Wilson Community College's campus.

• Students will apply to enter the program and sign a contract committing to the five-year program each year.

• Students will be educated in a non-traditional setting, utilizing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), technical labs and a curriculum modified to provide an industrial slant to classes.

• Students will participate in an industrial job shadowing and/or internship experience.

• Local industry leaders serve as an Advisory Board for the program.

• Industries provided equipment and cash donations for the start-up of the school. Some companies are donating funding on a recurring basis.

• Students will have demonstrable knowledge and certificates to facilitate their entry into the workforce in Wilson County.

• Transportation is provided for all selected students.

• Any rising 9th Grader is eligible.

• We are considered a public school.

• The school day is from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Starting August 2018, the school day will be from 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

• We operate on a school calendar similar to the community college calendar.