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  • 1. The Power of Engaging Regional Collaborations Two Case StudiesThe CollaborativeUpper Coastal Plain Learning Council
    UPCEA Annual Conference – Toronto
    April 7, 2011
  • 2. Today, You’ll Receive…………….
    Snapshots of Rural North Carolina
    Historical Background
    Gateway Technology Center
    First Engagement – The Collaborative between East Carolina University and NC State University
    Second Engagement – Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council
    The Future
  • 3. Snapshots of Rural North Carolina
    Edgecombe County
    • 25.9% of population in poverty
    • 4. 8.5% of population are bachelor degreed
    • 5. 34.4% of adult population have not graduated high school
    • 6. Median household income is 93rd worst in NC
    • 7. Average SAT scores ranked 85th in NC counties
    • 8. 74.3% of Edgecombe County students receive free/reduced lunch
  • Snapshots of Rural North Carolina
    Halifax County
    • 29.1% of population in poverty
    • 9. 11.1% of population bachelor degreed
    • 10. Median household income is 94th worst in NC
    • 11. Average SAT scores are 96th worst in NC
    • 12. 82.5% of Halifax County students receive free/reduced lunch
  • Snapshots of Rural North Carolina
    Nash County
    • 16.7% of population in poverty
    • 13. 17.2% of population bachelor degreed
    • 14. High school drop-out rate 6.45% (NC average 5.24%)
    • 15. 214 jobs lost through 2007
    • 16. 56.3% of Nash County students receive free/reduced lunch
  • Snapshots of Rural North Carolina
    Northampton County
    • 26.6% of population in poverty
    • 17. 10.8% of population bachelor degreed
    • 18. 37.5% of adult population have not graduated high school
    • 19. Average SAT scores ranked 99th in NC counties
    • 20. 92.1% of Northampton County students
    receive free/reduced lunch
  • 21. Snapshots of Rural North Carolina
    Wilson County
    • 20.6% of population in poverty
    • 22. 15.1% of population bachelor degreed
    • 23. 579 job losses through 2007/08
    • 24. High school drop out rate 7.98
    • 25. 62.6% of Wilson County students receive free/reduced lunch
  • Historical Background
    • Tremendous concern voiced by community leaders – their region of the state needed educational help
    • 26. Community requested University of North Carolina to establish a UNC-Rocky Mount
    • 27. A task force of community leaders was established and lead by Dr. Jim Leutze, Chancellor Emeritus of UNC-Wilmington
    • 28. Construction of Gateway Technology Center (GTC), opened 2006
    • 29. Senate Bill 1239 “A Bill to be Entitled an Act to Appropriate Funds to Extend Advanced Educational Opportunities to Eastern North Carolina through the Gateway Technology Center”
    • 30. The Collaborative was created in 2006 with $300,000 of state appropriated funds; 2 employees are located at GTC
    • 31. Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC) was established in 2008 with $250,000 of state appropriated funds; 2 employees are located at GTC; contracted Executive Director resides in Rocky Mount
  • Gateway Technology Center
    • Opened May 2006, $3 M facility, 16,000 sq. ft. of available space managed by The Gateway Technology Center, Inc. – a nonprofit corporation
    • 32. Board members are representatives from City of Rocky Mount, Nash County, NC Wesleyan College, Carolinas Gateway Partnership, East Carolina University and NC State University
    • 33. State-of-the art technology and meeting spaces that are perfect for educational, organization and business meetings
    • 34. A fully equipped distance learning lab with advanced video-conferencing capabilities
    • 35. Fully equipped industrial lab for a wide range of research projects
    • 36. Two flex classrooms
    • 37. Entire building is Wi-Fi connected and has a 5 Meg bandwidth Internet connection
    • 38. Facilities are available to rent at a very moderate price on a daily basis
  • The Collaborative
    • Working partnership between NC State University, Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) at NC State and East Carolina University (ECU)
    • 39. Served more than 20,500 individuals in a variety of credit and non-credit programs since 2006
    • 40. Credit side offers three site-based, face-to-face advanced degree programs,
    • 41. master’s degree in school administration,
    • 42. master’s degree in social work
    • 43. N. C. TEACH, a program that helps students to become licensed teachers for a North Carolina public or charter school
  • The Collaborative
    • Non-credit side offers many educational workshops and provides facility usage for community non-profits with a role in education or community development
    • 44. K-12 enrichment programs, during the summer and the school year to help bridge the gap between school curricula and advanced learning
    • A Math Enrichment Camp for students, grades 3-5
    • 45. An Engineering Camp for middle grade students
    • 46. A 4-H Biotechnology Camp for elementary and middle grade students
    • 47. A Reading Enrichment Summer Program for K-12 grade students
    • 48. A Veterinary Camp for middle grade students
    • 49. The Shelton Challenge, a leadership camp for high school students
    • 50. Fayetteville State University offers a master’s degree in business administration starting in 2010
  • 51. Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council
    • Serves five northeastern counties – Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson counties
    Program Goals
    • Retaining students in K-12 education and encouraging them to pursue education beyond high school
    • 52. Developing and retaining K-12 teachers
    • 53. Stimulating economic growth through workforce preparedness
    • 54. Seeking support and funding for in-school health care
  • Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council
    • 25 representatives from NC State University, Barton College, East Carolina University, Edgecombe Community College, Elizabeth City State University, Halifax Community College, Nash Community College, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, University of North Carolina General Administration, Wilson Community College, business, industry and governmental leaders who work to address the area’s needs
    • 55. Over the last two years, the UCPLC has provided program assistance in the amount of $125,190 to local partners to support the core mission areas in the five counties
  • 56. The Future
    As regional collaborative partners, we must…
    • Help residents get healthy and stay healthy
    • 57. Find ways to make communities stronger
    • 58. Fill the education gaps
    • 59. Support local businesses
    • 60. Lobby for continued funding to support the UCPLC and its mission
    • 61. Have hope for brighter futures and enhanced quality of lives for northeastern North Carolinians
  • Contact:
    Alice S. Warren
    Assistant Vice Chancellor
    McKimmon Center for Extension and
    Continuing Education
    NC State University
    Box 7401
    Raleigh, NC 27695-7401
    Telephone: 919.515.3373
    Web address: