Policy Series Reports

In the fall of 2010, to mark North Carolina’s Community College System’s 50th anniversary, the State Board of Community Colleges, working with the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents and North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees, embarked on a plan called SuccessNC to revamp the community college system.  The program set success targets as increasing the percentage of students who transfer, complete credentials, or remain continuously enrolled from 45 percent in the fall of 2004 to 59 percent in the fall of 2014, ultimately doubling the number of credential completers by 2020.

As part of SuccessNC, Code Green Super Curriculum Improvement Plan (CIP) was initiated in 2010 with the goal of integrating energy efficiency skills into the state’s technical education pathways curriculum.  Code Green Super CIP focused specifically on five sector areas of critical growth: building, energy, engineering, environment, and transportation. This program is unique in that it completely revamped the technical education curriculum and created a system of stackable credentials. The new curriculum, which increases access to thousands of students across the state, has the additional goal of better supporting job growth and industry improvements.

The curriculum now centers on goals that recognize student, school, and industry requirements. This starts with streamlining program structures to reduce redundancies in the curriculum, providing curriculum competencies for non-credit students to transition into credit programs through competency-based courses, and increasing access to industry-recognized credentials and workplace competencies. North Carolina’s approach creates easier pathways for students to earn certificates, diplomas or degrees in multiple technical programs.

In order to provide highly-skilled teachers for the improved curriculum, the state has created a training system for current teachers to gain experience with to the latest technology and employer-desired skill sets, such as The Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System. Teacher training is also provided for individuals working high-demand fields to give students the opportunity to learn from industry professionals. Some schools began implementing this new curriculum in the fall of 2013, and the entire system will be put in place this academic year.

Program Contact
Matthew Meyer, Ph.D
Associate Vice President, STEM Innovations
NC Community Colleges
Phone: (919) 807-7155
Email: meyerm@nccommunitycolleges.edu 

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