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Bright Spots: Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership (STEP)

STEP is the Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership that exists between Edgecombe and Nash counties. This partnership is working to connect students to the careers which exist in their area in an effort to combat the perception that there are “no good jobs here.”

The effort connects students to local businesses by bringing in role models, offering career showcases, and bolstering the perception of local industry through their #WorkHere campaign. Ultimately, the partnership hopes each dual-enrolled high school student will leave high school with two industry recognized credentials. To learn more, read the brief from ncIMPACT at the University of North Carolina School of Government

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.