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myFutureNC Local Educational Attainment Collaboratives

Launched by ncIMPACT Initiative

Building Local Capacity to Achieve the State’s Goal of #2Millionby2030


It’s Time for Our Forum Finale!

Please join us behind the curtain on the first day of our final forum for North Carolina’s Local Educational Attainment Collaboratives in New Bern on December 7, 2022.
This event will be packed with insights from state experts on how this project began and what has been learned through its evolution. In addition to sessions led by current LEAC teams and their Regional Impact Managers, there will be inspiration from a keynote speaker who offers a broader view of what’s possible through educational attainment. Don’t miss this special event!

Registration has closed for this high-interest public event, but you are welcome to add your name to the waitlist in case a seat becomes available. You will be alerted by Monday morning if a seat comes available.

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The ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government (ncIMPACT) and myFutureNC, with support from the John M. Belk Endowment, Dogwood Health Trust, and UNC Rural, launched a pilot program supporting 15 local educational attainment collaboratives across North Carolina, seeking to significantly increase the number of students successfully completing post-secondary credentials of value in the workforce: a degree, credential, or certification.

These collaboratives offered an organized way to respond to community challenges that no single institution or even an entire sector can effectively tackle.

This effort aligns with the state’s legislative goal of 2 million individuals between the ages of 25-44 who possess a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree by 2030.

Quick Reference: Downloads and Streaming

Announcement of the selection of 15 community collaboratives:

Download information about the program:

Recorded Information Session:

Kickoff Webinar Recording:

Preparing the Workforce for Economic Recovery:

Education NC Podcast Feature:

myFutureNC 100 Students:

Team share success stories:

Collaborating for Success from the Ground Up:  

Four Tips for Engaging Employers in Workforce Initiatives:  

Data Tools to Support Shared Attainment Measures:  

Watch a brief video about this work:

Program Basics

North Carolina communities applied as teams to participate in this two-year program focused on increasing educational attainment and equity in attainment. Teams became the inaugural myFutureNC Network of Local Educational Attainment Collaboratives. This network offered:

  • Deep local impact by increasing the effectiveness of the local attainment collaboratives and connections among educational systems, employers, local governments, and other stakeholders within the participating communities;
  • Capacity-building across the state by creating collaborative cross-community learning and partnerships, and delivering model policies to inform North Carolina’s broader policy landscape; and
  • Access to key resources including federal, state, and philanthropic funding, as well as data tools and metrics to measure collaborative progress toward achieving their goals.

Network collaboratives also received these benefits:

  • Valuable resources responding to immediate concerns about learning loss during the pandemic and helping to prepare for longer-term planning;
  • Deep expert and peer support during five forums at which teams developed goals, made plans for implementation, and collaborated across sectors;
  • Robust technical assistance throughout the process;
  • Critical financial support in the form of $15,000 to compensate a community project manager and $10,000 of implementation funding for their action plan; and a
  • Local Attainment Collaborative Toolkit to implement and sustain demand-informed local collaboration with regional employers.

Team Formation

After selection for the program, the core team identified in the application engaged the full community team (local collaborative). Each collaborative brought together a diverse team of community stakeholders, all committed to active participation in the two-year program. ncIMPACT assisted communities with stakeholder identification to build the collaborative team. Given differences between communities, the composition of the teams varied.

Commitments: Each community collaborative met monthly over the course of the program to develop and implement a cogent strategy that (1) leveraged existing assets and activities, (2) increased the community’s educational attainment, and (3) improved equity in attainment. A community project manager supported this work (with funding provided by the program) in addition to the technical assistance provided by the partners. 

Case Studies on Sample Collaboratives from 2019

Data Resources

Promising Approaches Profiled by ncIMPACT Initiative

Resources for Local Educational Attainment Collaboratives

Scroll through this additional list of resources helpful to communities working together to increase educational attainment: Resource List PDF

Categories covered within the resource list:

  • Pre-K Education and Early Childhood Learning 
  • Improving Public Education
  • Value of Increasing Post-Secondary Education Attainment
  • Determining Career Paths 
  • Determining Career Paths Continued 
  • Racial and Gender Equity in Postsecondary Attainment 
  • Cost of Post-Secondary Enrollment and Attainment 
  • Proposals and Actions to Increase Post-Secondary Education Attainment


Contact Us

Anita Brown-Graham, Professor & Director,


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Funding for this work was provided by: