North Carolina is at an important crossroad.

Together, we can set our state on a path to a more prosperous future.

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The Problem

As our economy grows, the vast majority of new jobs require education beyond a high school diploma—but fewer than half of North Carolinians ages 25-44 have a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential. And North Carolinians from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are disproportionately affected: far fewer earn postsecondary credentials than students with greater economic stability.

The result? Our education system and our economy are out of sync. Job seekers struggle to find jobs, and employers struggle to find the talent they need to fill openings.

1/2
of NC employers

need more hire-able workers

67%
of jobs in NC

are projected to require a high-quality postsecondary degree by 2020

49
of North Carolinians

ages 25-44 have completed that level of education

The Way Forward

We’re on a mission to completely close the educational attainment gap in North Carolina.

Making that happen starts with an ambitious goal: ensuring that by 2030, 2 million North Carolinians have a postsecondary degree or credential—more than doubling projected growth over the next 10 years.

This is one of the highest targets in the South, and will put us on par with the highest-achieving states in the country. With this goal as our guidepost, we will address the needs of our employers, equip local communities to take action, and open up new opportunities for our citizens.

Our Goal
2 Million

high-quality, postsecondary degrees or credentials by 2030

(as of today, there are 1.3 Million)

Why Now?

We must act. If we do nothing, North Carolina will fall 400,000 credentials short of our goal. That’s 400,000 North Carolinians who will be left behind.

Less than 1/2
of North Carolinians

ages 25-44 complete higher education

1/4

of 4-year college students don’t complete their degree

39%
of North Carolinians

report they have not reached their desired level of education

2/3

of 2-year college students don’t complete their degree

What We're Doing

If we achieve our goal, we can ensure our citizens are prepared to succeed and our communities are poised to thrive.

It’s our responsibility—as education, business, and civic leaders; parents and students; community members and elected representatives—to ensure all North Carolinians are ready for the future.

myFutureNC will:

  • Engage local, regional, and statewide stakeholders to communicate the need for both greater educational attainment and deeper economic alignment.
  • Better align and coordinate systems to support students at all levels, from pre-K education through high-quality certificate, associate, and higher-degree programs.
  • Catalyze innovative, effective ideas, and identify best practices that can be applied to cities, towns, and rural areas across North Carolina.
  • Monitor progress and improve our efforts each and every year.
94%

of North Carolinians say it’s important for adults to have education beyond high school

70%

of North Carolinians agree that having education beyond high school is essential for getting a good job

81%

of North Carolinians agree that a good job is essential to having a high quality of life

Join Our Efforts

myFutureNC is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on educational attainment and is a result of the collaboration between North Carolina leaders in education, business, and government. myFutureNC was created to work toward a stronger, more competitive North Carolina—one that empowers individuals, strengthens communities, and boosts our economy. Join us. Contribute your knowledge, your insight, and your passion. Help champion success for our state and all of its people.

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