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NC’s community colleges are a force for good business

Back in 2016, several western North Carolina manufacturers faced a common dilemma: They could not find replacement parts for critical...

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Investing in community colleges

Education has been a core focus of the SECU Foundation since its creation in 2004. One of our very first...

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Taking people from where they are and carrying them as far as they can go

My understanding and appreciation of the mission and the purpose of a community college and its role in the community...

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Helping students to the finish line

Retention. In my work as National Education Director for Single Stop, I hear this word a lot. Retention is top...

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Building the next generation of community college leaders at NC State

When I think about the potential our North Carolina community colleges have to improve lives, what comes to my mind...

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Responding to the workforce needs of employers along I-77

We have all heard about the skills gap and challenges industry faces in finding skilled workers to fill jobs in...

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Creating opportunities, changing lives at Randolph Community College

I grew up very poor and did not have any hopes or dreams of a bright future for my life....

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Facing brutal facts: North Carolina Community Colleges in the new economic landscape

W. Dallas Herring, former Chairman of the State Board of Education, pioneered what would become the North Carolina Community College...

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Investing in community colleges to transform rural North Carolina

Over the past 20+ years that I’ve lived in North Carolina, I’ve defined our community colleges in different ways in...

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Reflecting on my first 4 months as president

North Carolina’s community colleges are an amazing resource, and my first few months as president of the system have only...

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Lessons learned on the road to our community’s colleges

Dr. Dallas Herring, known for his role in creating the North Carolina Community College System, once said that community colleges...