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Listen | ‘You shouldn’t have to take a vow of poverty to serve in one of our community colleges.’

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“While nobody goes into education to get rich, you shouldn’t have to take a vow of poverty to serve in one of our community colleges.”

– Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College

In this special podcast episode, you’ll hear from community college presidents and faculty about what a raise would mean for them and the impact employee pay can have on a college’s success. 

North Carolina’s community colleges have a proud legacy of making postsecondary education accessible across our state. Their impact, however, is dependent on the work of dedicated employees — employees who are paid significantly less than their national and regional counterparts. Employees who haven’t seen a significant pay increase in years. This year, colleges are once again asking the state for a raise for employees.

Awake58

There are 58 community colleges in the state of North Carolina. This podcast, by EdNC.org, dives deep into top news and commentary on postsecondary education and community colleges by talking to leaders, educators, and students.