North Carolina’s long-term vitality is largely dependent on the development and growth of a workforce that is highly skilled, as well as the community college system that produces that workforce. As the economy and job markets continue to evolve, demanding a workforce that is credentialed, diverse and fluid in critical thinking, so will the demands on our community colleges.
The forthcoming Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research is committed to equipping exceptional community college leaders who address these urgent needs. Our mission statement reads:
The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, at North Carolina State University’s College of Education, will develop and sustain exceptional community college leaders who are committed to advancing college access, the social and economic mobility of their colleges’ students, and the economic competitiveness of their regions. The Center conducts and disseminates research to address current and emerging student success challenges facing community college leaders and policymakers in North Carolina and beyond.