A better educated North Carolina is the key to economic prosperity and upward mobility for all citizens.
To close the education attainment gap in North Carolina by 2030, our state must ensure that students have the information, resources, and opportunities they need to prepare for, enroll in, and succeed in college and credentialing opportunities that align with business and industry needs. In 2021, we can begin to close that gap with a dedicated focus on four cross-sector goals:
- Increase commitment to career & college readiness programs;
- Increase student awareness of their ability to access career & college pathways and federal financial aid;
- Improve need-based supports for students to increase postsecondary completion; and
- Expand access to non-degree credentialing programs that improve alignment between postsecondary opportunities and workforce needs.
Our progress will be strengthened by additional attention to two key, cross-goal foundations for success: broadband access, affordability, and adoption; and analysis of attainment data.