McColl: Community colleges touch more people

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CHARLOTTE – The man who built Bank of America says North Carolina’s community colleges have been vital to the state’s business community – and to his own career. Community colleges serve as “a tremendous adjunct” to the university system, because they allow “working people to get an education that they otherwise might not get,” Hugh… READ MORE

Teacher and student

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PINEHURST – Ed Spitler started out as a community college student.  And through five degrees and 19 years teaching civil engineering technology and surveying, that’s where his heart remains. Spitler, a Sandhills Community College alumnus, began teaching at Sandhills in 1997 after he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology at UNC Charlotte. He… READ MORE

UNCG professor sees a Digital Zen

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GREENSBORO – Religion, we all know, is a touchy subject – but imagine how challenging it is to teach religion in a world that is both increasingly polarized and increasingly digital. Through a mixture of enthusiasm, humor, scholarship and technology, that’s where Dr. Gregory Price Grieve lives. Grieve, an Associate Professor and Head of the… READ MORE

NCGAP: You’re in, but you’re not

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The General Assembly needs to defer its deferred admissions program. In a provision tucked into the state budget last year, legislators declared that 6-year graduation rates at our state’s public universities are too low – even though they are nearly 10 percentage points above the national average.1 Legislators ordered the University and Community College systems… READ MORE

Eagle Connect houses Durham Tech students on NC Central campus

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DURHAM – Fourteen students at Durham Tech already have one foot on a university campus. Literally. When applicants fall just short of admission standards at NC Central University, NCCU doesn’t write them off.  Under a 2014 agreement with Durham Tech, the university invites selected applicants to join a program called Eagle Connect. The students pay… READ MORE

Voters Approve $350 Million for NC Community Colleges

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Much-Needed Construction, Repair and Renovation to Begin at all 58 Colleges  RALEIGH (March 16, 2016) – North Carolina voters approved Tuesday’s $2 billion bond referendum with nearly two-thirds supporting the infrastructure projects, including $350 million designated for North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. The vote marks the initial step in the first major infusion of capital… READ MORE

Connect NC and NC Community Colleges

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If voters approve on March 15, North Carolina’s community colleges plan to use proceeds from the Connect NC bond package to help students fill jobs in each community they serve. The $2 billion bond proposal includes $350 million for construction, repairs and renovations at the state’s 58 community colleges.1  State officials stress that no tax… READ MORE

Ralls “a tireless advocate”

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By Gary M. Green President, Forsyth Technical Community College WINSTON-SALEM – In 2008, North Carolina, and the entire country, entered the most difficult economic period since the Great Depression.  The colleges of the North Carolina Community College System were called upon to step up to the challenge — to stretch their capacity, to provide training… READ MORE

“One of the most visionary and effective community-college leaders in the country.”

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BOONE – With word that NC Community College System President Scott Ralls will leave his post next fall to head a 75,000-student college in Virginia, the system’s former president says Ralls will be difficult to replace. “His loss to North Carolina is great,” H. Martin Lancaster, who headed the community college system from 1997-2008, said… READ MORE