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Local Education Innovation: STEM East (12 Counties)

May 27, 2020

Local Education Innovation: STEM East (12 Counties) The STEM East Network is a collaborative focused on ensuring that students across a 12-county region in Eastern North Carolina have opportunities to engage in real-world science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning that directly … Continued

Local Education Innovation: Project SEARCH (Buncombe County)

May 27, 2020

Local Education Innovation: Project SEARCH (Buncombe County) In Asheville, Mission Health Project SEARCH helps secure competitive employment for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through postsecondary education and work-based learning. This international program began in 1996 as a small initiative … Continued

Local Education Innovation: Made in Durham (Durham County)

May 27, 2020

Local Education Innovation: Made in Durham (Durham County) Made in Durham is a community partnership made up of educators, businesses, government units and employees, youth-serving non-profits, and young people mobilized around a shared vision that all of Durham’s youth will … Continued

Local Education Innovation: K-64 (Catawba County)

May 27, 2020

Local Education Innovation: K-64 (Catawba County) K-64 is a five-year education and economic development initiative in Catawba County that prepares students from pre-kindergarten (K) through retirement (64) to compete in the global economy and supports local companies by creating a … Continued

Local Education Innovation: Gold Rush Grant (Mecklenburg County)

May 27, 2020

Local Education Innovation: Gold Rush Grant (Mecklenburg County) The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) launched its Gold Rush Grant program in 2016. The program seeks to mitigate barriers to timely graduation through the granting of one-time completion … Continued

Local Education Innovation: Wilson 2020 Youth Master Plan (Wilson County)

May 27, 2020

In 2014, stakeholders in Wilson County developed a comprehensive master plan to improve life outcomes for local youth. Participating stakeholders included educators, parents, community members, nonprofits, businesses, churches, law enforcement, and government agencies. The groups identified five key, interrelated areas … Continued

Local Education Innovation: Project SECURE (Wake County)

May 27, 2020

Wake Technical Community College plans to train 450 people for information technology (IT) jobs in healthcare, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and financial services through Project SECURE—Supporting and Enhancing Cybersecurity through Upwardly-Mobile Retraining and Education. This training will be supported by the federal … Continued

Local Education Innovation: STEP (Edgecombe and Nash Counties)

May 27, 2020

Local Education Innovation: STEP (Edgecombe and Nash Counties) The Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership—STEP for short—is a unique initiative between several stakeholder groups in Edgecombe and Nash counties, including local industries, two county school systems, and two community colleges. This cradle-to-career … Continued

Bright Spots – Case Studies on Education & Workforce Innovations

May 6, 2020

The ncIMPACT Initiative issued this report that profiles 10 efforts—which we refer to as “Bright Spots”—that demonstrate how local communities are working to increase educational attainment in North Carolina. Their efforts reflect the fact that, across our state, there is … Continued