RALEIGH ‚Äď¬†North Carolina‚Äôs community colleges are loved by their communities ‚Äď 58 colleges throughout the state, within a 30-minute drive of 95% of North Carolinians. And they are a critical link in North Carolina‚Äôs workforce and economic development. Enrollment tends to jump at community colleges during recessions as workers seek to improve and update their… READ MORE
RALEIGH ‚Äď As more and more communities recognize the necessity of education beyond high school, more and more are trying to make that education accessible by offering tuition-free community college. Tennessee led the way with Tennessee Promise¬†‚Äď a last-dollar scholarship that covers the cost of community-college tuition and fees that aren‚Äôt covered by Pell Grants,… READ MORE
Dr. Jeff Cox President of Wilkes Community College describes what NC community colleges face when launching new programs as a result of the current funding model which funds them in ‚Äúarrears‚ÄĚ.
Dr. Jeff Cox President of Wilkes Community College describes improving upward mobility by reaching out to people in the region to make them aware of career options arising out of them taking classes at the college.
RALEIGH ‚Äď When the economy heads south, North Carolinians head for their community colleges ‚Äď and that can create real challenges to finding funds to teach those students. ‚ÄúWhen the economy is up, our enrollment goes down, because people have the opportunity for jobs,‚ÄĚ Peter Hans, President of the NC Community College System, says in… READ MORE
RALEIGH ‚Äď North Carolina‚Äôs community colleges are respected and loved by their communities ‚Äď 58 colleges spread throughout the state, within a 30-minute drive of 95% of North Carolinians. And they are a critical link in North Carolina‚Äôs workforce and economic development. Enrollment tends to jump at community colleges during recessions, as workers ‚Äď some… READ MORE
RALEIGH ‚Äď There‚Äôs no question community colleges are integral to economic development ‚Äď both new and expanding businesses ‚Äď in North Carolina. ‚ÄúOur work in economic development spans the spectrum,‚ÄĚ NC Community College System President Peter Hans says in the accompanying video. ‚ÄúFrom the BioNetwork supporting life-science companies; to the Apprenticeship program, which is growing;… READ MORE
‚ÄúCommunity colleges do so many things ‚Äď it‚Äôs a multi-faceted mission,‚ÄĚ NC Community College System President Peter Hans says in the accompanying video. ‚ÄúWhen people learn the entire list, they‚Äôre often astounded.‚ÄĚ Hans recounts the many functions community colleges perform, including: ‚ÄĘ The two-year associate degree that prepares a student to transfer to a four-year… READ MORE
RALEIGH ‚Äď North Carolina faces a looming teacher shortage ‚Äď though it‚Äôs now the 9th most-populous state in the country, it saw a 30% decline in enrollment at state colleges of education from 2010-2015.1 But an effort is underway in Johnston County to make teaching more inviting by letting students start their education at Johnston… READ MORE
RALEIGH ‚Äď As tuition has risen at four-year institutions in recent years, starting at a community college has become an increasingly popular ‚Äď and affordable ‚Äď way to launch an academic career.1 ‚ÄúTo start your pursuit of a four-year degree at a community college is a very smart decision for a lot of people,‚ÄĚ Peter… READ MORE