The State of Educational Attainment

The 2023 State of Educational Attainment in North Carolina

On February 6, myFutureNC hosted the Virtual State of Educational Attainment in North Carolina to share the top findings from the North Carolina’s State of Educational Attainment Report and proposed solutions to address the state of emergency around workforce talent and the education pipeline in NC. We highlighted success stories and forecasted needs and clear solutions to help us achieve the state’s educational attainment goal of 2 million degrees or industry-valued credentials by 2030 among North Carolinians ages 25-44.

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Event Agenda

Convene and Welcome
  • John A. Fraley, Board Chair, myFutureNC
  • Senator Phil Berger, North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore
  • Speaker Tim Moore, North Carolina House of Representatives
2023 State of Attainment & Near-term Priorities
  • Cecilia Holden, President & CEO, myFutureNC
Supporting our Students
  • Catherine Truitt, North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Eric Davis, Chair, North Carolina State Board of Education
Increasing Credentials for High-Demand Industries


  • Gary Salamido, President and CEO, North Carolina Chamber


  • Senator Michael Lee, North Carolina State Senate
  • Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Representative Donny Lambeth, North Carolina House of Representatives
Closing Remarks & Call to Action
  • John A. Fraley, Board Chair, myFutureNC
  • Governor Roy Cooper
  • Lynn J. Good, President & CEO, Duke Energy; Vice Chair, myFutureNC

More Resources

In the Media
2022 North Carolina’s Educational Attainment Report
myFutureNC Strategic Framework


Understanding the Challenges

Two Priorities to Move Us Forward

Career Planning

We endorse the Department of Public Instruction’s and State Board of Education’s call for career planning for every middle and high school student.


R.A.I.S.E. Scholarships

We support and call for the creation of R.A.I.S.E. Scholarships (Reinforcement and Investment to Strengthen the Economy) to extend the state’s existing support for no-cost pathways to short-term industry-valued credentials. This will encourage more North Carolinians to enroll in programs that connect them to career opportunities in high-demand and/or high-growth fields that pay higher wages.