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Sep 18, 2019

Community College Professionals, Workforce Development Boards Share Best Practices, Build Relationships During Finish Line Grants Symposium

Community college and workforce development board representatives shared lessons learned and best practices they discovered during the first year of the Finish Line Grants Program at a symposium hosted by…

Sep 11, 2019

Podcast: End Community College Stigma/NCACCT Belk Center Edition

The End Community College Stigma podcast, conjunction with the Belk Center, recently produced a special episode at the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Seminar. The podcast is dedicated to ending the unfair stigma placed on America's Community Colleges. In this episode, Dr. Steve Robinson, president of Owens Community College, leads a panel discussion with four North Carolina Community College Trustees.

Sep 9, 2019

EdNC: Perspective | What we have learned about North Carolina community colleges by hitting the road

MC Belk Pilon, board chair of the John M. Belk Endowment, reflects on lessons learned from visits to almost half of NC's 58 Community Colleges.

Aug 21, 2019

EdNC: Community College System hopes new law will ease recent application issues

A new law signed by Governor Roy Cooper on July 19th amends the statute which governs in-state determination for tuition at North Carolina higher education institutions. The measure comes as a response to complaints from the Community College System, which was feeling tension between its potential applicants and the mandatory Residency Determination Service online system.

Aug 21, 2019

EdNC: Community college leaders reflect on Belk Center’s Presidents’ Academy Conference

The Belk Center’s first Presidents’ Academy and Statewide Leadership Conference (SLC) was held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Guilford Technical Community College’s Conference Center in Colfax, North Carolina. The conference focused on the critical role North Carolina’s community colleges and leaders play in creating a “grow our own” workforce strategy to fuel the state’s expanding high-skills economy and accelerate economic mobility for more North Carolinians.

Jul 5, 2019

Policy Brief: How Harper College Established Its Promise

In this policy brief, incoming Professor of the Practice Kenneth Ender provides a summary of how Harper College, where he served as president for 10 years before retiring June 30, 2019, established a College Promise Leadership Consortium and collective impact strategy to support the creation of its Promise Program.

Jul 1, 2019

Inside Higher Ed: We Need a ‘Communiversity’ Model of Public Education

The economy requires an aggressive shift to a system, writes Belk Center incoming Professor of the Practice Kenneth Ender, where public colleges are stitched together with K-12 and local nonprofits and feature an electronic backbone of support.

May 31, 2019

Belk Center Brings Community College Presidents, Trustees Together to Discuss Ways to Improve Student Outcomes, Economic Mobility at 1st Presidents’ Academy

What role do community colleges play in realizing this goal and enhancing North Carolina economic competitiveness, and how can they help the state’s residents improve their economic mobility and meet future workforce demands? Presidents and trustees of community colleges from across North Carolina weighed those questions Thursday, May 23, 2019, during the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research’s first Presidents’ Academy statewide leadership conference.

May 24, 2019

EdNC: What is the Strategic Role of Community Colleges in North Carolina’s Economic Future?

On May 23, the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research hosted the first statewide conference on North Carolina’s economic competitiveness and economic mobility. EdNC talked with Audrey Jaeger, Ph.D., executive director of the Belk Center, and John Enamait, president of Stanly Community College, to discuss the conference and the work the center will undertake as it moves forward.

Mar 6, 2019

EdTalk Podcast: Enrollment Trends at Community Colleges

In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Robert Templin, a professor at North Carolina State University’s College of Education, about enrollment trends at community colleges.