Two MCE&CE units--The Collaborative and Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC)--received a two-page write-up in the Rocky Mount Telegram for their efforts to "boost eastern North Carolina's economic potential." The Collaborative was cited for bringing "valuable learning opportunities to a part of North Carolina once underserved by higher education." The UCPLC was recognized for "developing strategic solutions to engrained poverty in the region."
"As of June 2017, The Collaborative has helped produce 194 graduates, many of whom might not otherwise have been able to pursue their degree." In addition, The Collaborative "...hosts numerous academic summer camps...Youth camps give K-12 students hands-on experience to subjects that can lead to promising careers."
Among the UCPLC's programs is "Hometown Hires, which connects the long-term unemployed with job opportunities by providing education, training and one-on-one coaching."
To read the full article that appeared in the July 31, 2017 Rocky Mount Telegram, click here