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ABE Tops

ABE Tops
Wake Technical Community College
ABE Tops
3200 Bush Street
Raleigh, NC 27609
Program Contact Julia A. Tennant
Phone 919.334.1545

The ABE Tops program is designed for adult students  who have an intellectual disability or those who need continued support in functional academics. It is ideal for students who want to achieve a higher level of academic, vocational, and career building skills. Basic academic classes are free of charge. The Career Pathways are a partnership with ABE Tops and Continuing Education, and give students the opportunity to earn one or more credentials. Career Pathway opportunities, which do have a small tuition attached to each, include Hospitality & Tourism and Barista/Cafe Training.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 110
Deadline to apply to this program: On-going
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18+
  • A diploma is not required, but students must be finished with high school.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Basic academic classes are free. Career Pathways have a small tuition attached to them.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical Continuing Education courses
Time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Other career development activities are:
  • None
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Career Pathways are a partnership with ABE Tops, Wake Tech Continuing Education and Human Resources Development. These pathways give students the necessary skills to gain competitive employment, including the ability to earn nationally recognized credentials. Currently, we offer Hospitality & Tourism, Housekeeping & Beyond, Landscaping, and Pet Retail & Beyond, and each pathway has a small tuition attached to it.

Hospitality & Tourism

A nine month/four day per week intensive course during which students have the opportunity to earn certifications in the following areas:

  • START Certification: Created by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
  • Line Level Certification: Obtained after 90 days of employment in the industry.
  • Food Handler Certification (ServSafe): Training in food safety standards that provide essential knowledge and skills.
  • Opera Property Management System: Used in most major hotel front offices.

Students also work on the following in the Human Resources Development classes: Soft Skills: Resume writing, interviewing, job applications, customer service, conflict management, and public speaking.

Housekeeping & Beyond

A complete, hands-on training program to prepare students for employment in an entry level hotel career, including cleaning guest rooms, customer service safety and emergencies, and exploration of other careers in a hotel. Academics are also incorporated in class, including reading, writing, math, and soft skills: Resume writing, interviewing, job applications, customer service, conflict management, and public speaking. Students can earn nationally recognized credentials, including Guest Room Attendant, and Food Handler Certification (ServSafe). A Wake Tech certificate is also awarded upon completion.


This Career Pathway will prepare students for entry-level career opportunities in gardening and landscaping, through hands-on instruction with soil, seeds, and bulbs. In this class students will learn how to work with plants and vegetation, indoors and out, how to prepare a landscape design, landscaping terminology, gardening/landscaping safety, and build skills for employment and learn of opportunities within the industry.

Pet Retail & Beyond

This Career Pathway will help individuals who want to understand animals better and pursue a career in their caretaking. It will provide them with a practical understanding, and a working knowledge of what is expected of a groomer in the working world. Students will have opportunities to work with an experienced groomer in an actual grooming environment with real life dogs. Core topics include animal behavior, grooming tools and techniques, animal and human safety, proper handling and restraining of animals, basic dog anatomy, coat and skin disorders. Learn the importance of quality customer service, to both the four-legged clients and their owners. Obtain real-life experience in the field of professional pet care.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Last updated: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 15:01