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Bright Spots: Strengthening the Education-to-Career Continuum in North Carolina

The ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government (ncIMPACT), myFutureNC, and the John M. Belk Endowment share a common goal of strengthening the education-to-career continuum in North Carolina. Regrettably, however, COVID-19 has disrupted the education-to-career continuum and has increased the number of at-risk students across the state. ncIMPACT and myFutureNC propose a two-year pilot program to support a cohort of place-based, cross-sector educational collaboratives ("myFutureNC network") across the state to develop model programs that significantly increase the number of students successfully pursuing post-secondary education and entering the workforce. This pilot aligns with the state's goal of having 2 million individuals between the ages of 25 and 44 with a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree by 2030, and ncIMPACT will work closely with myFutureNC as they ensure that the collaboratives developed are sustained locally and scaled across the state. ncIMPACT and myFutureNC have selected the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute as a partner in this work.

Award(s)

Funding Agency:  

John M. Belk Endowment

Funding Period:  

01/01/2021 to 12/31/2022

Award Amount:  

$59,795

Staff

Sherika Hill, Research and Policy Liaison
Robert (Robin) H. Jenkins, Senior Implementation Specialist