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Bright Spots: Gold Rush Grant at UNC Charlotte

North Carolina has more than 900,000 residents who have completed some college, but have not received a degree or a high quality credential. As we attended the myFutureNC listening sessions, we heard from community leaders throughout the state who were concerned about the sheer number of students for whom “life happens.”

UNC-Charlotte decided to take a deeper look at their students who were stopping out and found that 74 percent of the students who stopped out were leaving UNC-Charlotte due to financial difficulties. Enter Project Gold Rush.

Check out the video above and then read the brief.

These bright spots were identified in collaboration with the myFutureNC Commission. The myFutureNC Commission is focused on educational attainment statewide. They are in the process of developing statewide and localized attainment goals.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at

Nation Hahn

Nation Hahn is the chief of growth for EducationNC.