Preparing the workforce for economic recovery

Anita Brown-Graham stands in front of fall foliage on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019.

The ncIMPACT Initiative at theUNC School of Government was awarded more than $906,000 from the John M. Belk Endowment to launch 10 local educational attainment collaboratives across North Carolina. 

The ncIMPACT Initiative and myFutureNC are providing expert and peer support, robust technical assistance, and critical financial support to these collaboratives in an effort to significantly increase the number of individuals successfully completing post-secondary credentials of value in the workforce, including a degree, credential, or certification.

Applications are now open for North Carolina communities wishing to participate in the program. Click here to learn more.

“This partnership takes our earlier work with local education cross-sector collaboratives a few steps further,” said Anita Brown-Graham, director of the ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government. “Rather than identifying and profiling what makes these initiatives so successful, this time we are working to support their development toward becoming national models for increasing education levels and employment skills. We want to bring together entire communities — entire ecosystems of actors — to help our students get from cradle to career.”

The two-year pilot program supports myFutureNC’s goal to ensure that 2 million North Carolinians between the ages of 25 and 44 have a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree by 2030.