Community college graduates at Wake Tech can now get a second transcript to show off their leadership, volunteerism and sports skills.
Wake Tech is the first community college in the state to offer Co-Curricular Transcripts or CCTs.
And Glenn Strumke is the first Wake Tech student to take advantage of the additional transcript that could help in a job search or school search.
“Makes you stand out. Well, why should we pick him. Well this kid over here has a good GPA too," said Strumke. "So it makes you stand out, oh, he has volunteer work and he’s in the honors program.”
Strumke, 25, says he hopes it’s the edge that helps get him into NC State. He graduated from Wake Tech earlier this month with a 3.7 GPA and an Associates Degree in Science and Mathematics.
Melody Wiggins is Coordinator of Volunteerism and Leadership at Wake Tech. Wiggins says the school is working on ways to market the CCT to students to show them the advantages, post graduation.
“When they’re looking to transfer the school that they’re looking at are saying we want well-developed students. We don’t want just straight A students. We don’t want the student who just went to class," said Wiggins. "We want students who have demonstrated that they can be actively involved in leadership roles on campus, that they’re volunteering, that they are actively involved in their communities.”
Wiggins says CCTs have been proven to be helpful at many four year colleges, that is why she worked to bring it to Wake Tech. Wiggins says it gives students an official place to highlight what they did outside the classroom when everything won't fit on a resume.
Wake Tech officials say CCTs are generated with a software platform called "OrgSync," that helps students track their extra-curricular activities and service projects.