Emily Thomas

Emily was born and raised in Western North Carolina. After graduating from Caldwell Community College, Emily went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Organizational/Public Communication from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Emily has over 10 years of higher education experience. Much of her career has been spent in enrollment, advising, and teaching within the communication discipline at two-year and four-year public and private institutions.

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How North Carolina’s community colleges are responding to COVID-19: A new database from EdNC

The phrase “these are unprecedented times” bubbles up in almost every conversation regarding the state of education amid COVID-19. The...


‘Connecting the dots that lead to educational attainment and gainful employment’

In 2019, local leaders in Henderson, Madison, Buncombe, and Transylvania counties formed the Land of Sky Educational Attainment and Workforce...


Perspective | We’re still in the business of improving lives through learning

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How the Rowan County Education Collaborative is working to align educational attainment and workforce development

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How will we reach our attainment goal? This pilot project hopes to help.

One year ago, myFutureNC Commission announced a shared attainment goal for North Carolina — an aggressive call to action for...


Getting students in the door: Enrollment challenges and opportunities at NC community colleges

Since 2010, the North Carolina Community College System has experienced yearly enrollment decline. Despite continued efforts from the State Board...