Faculty and staff at the School of Government work with state and local governments, nonprofits, and other entities on a wide range of projects. See below for excerpts from research products prepared by ncIMPACT staff, often in collaboration with other personnel from the School, UNC, and other organizations.

  • Local Education Innovation: Project SEARCH (Buncombe County)

    In Asheville, Mission Health Project SEARCH helps secure competitive employment for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through postsecondary education and work-based learning. This international program began in 1996 as a small initiative to fill a handful of jobs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with people who have disabilities. More than 20 years later, Project SEARCH has grown from that one site to become a comprehensive internship and employment model in more than 400 sites across 46 states—including 12 in North Carolina—and almost a dozen countries.

    Bright Spots – Project SEARCH from EducationNC on Vimeo.

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  • Local Education Innovation: Project SECURE (Wake County)

    Wake Technical Community College plans to train 450 people for information technology (IT) jobs in healthcare, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and financial services through Project SECURE—Supporting and Enhancing Cybersecurity through Upwardly-Mobile Retraining and Education. This training will be supported by the federal TechHire Initiative, which is for individuals aged 17–29 who are looking to begin IT and cybersecurity careers.

    Bright Spots – Project SECURE at Wake Tech from EducationNC on Vimeo.

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  • Local Education Innovation: K-64 (Catawba County)

    K-64 is a five-year education and economic development initiative in Catawba County that prepares students from pre-kindergarten (K) through retirement (64) to compete in the global economy and supports local companies by creating a highly-qualified talent pipeline. The initiative responds to the reality that Catawba County needs to attract, grow, and retain talent to meet future workforce needs and focuses on connecting students to opportunities that prepare them for work.

    Bright Spots – K-64 in Catawba County from EducationNC on Vimeo.

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  • Local Education Innovation: STEP (Edgecombe and Nash Counties)

    The Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership—STEP for short—is a unique initiative between several stakeholder groups in Edgecombe and Nash counties, including local industries, two county school systems, and two community colleges. This cradle-to-career effort seeks to build a talent pipeline by ensuring that young people in both counties are exposed to, and fully prepared for, the 21st-century jobs their region has to offer.

    Bright Spots: STEP in Rocky Mount from EducationNC on Vimeo.

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  • Local Education Innovation: Career Accelerator Program (Alamance County)

    The Career Accelerator Program (CAP) is a four-year apprenticeship program that both addresses the immediate need for skilled workers and seeks to grow the next generation of leaders in manufacturing facilities in the Alamance County area. Launched in 2016, the program offers technical career opportunities to motivated high school students and provides them employment after their graduation. Partner companies train these apprentices to fit their highly-skilled, technical job needs, and the students graduate with a guaranteed job and valuable postsecondary credentials.

    Bright Spots – Career Accelerator Program in Alamance from EducationNC on Vimeo.

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  • A Focus on Non-Completers: One Strategy for Upskilling the Existing Workforce in North Carolina (June 2018)

    Efforts to develop North Carolina’s talent pipeline must include strategies for reaching people of all ages and experiences. This paper explores opportunities for upskilling our existing workforce—that is, developing workers’ skills to improve performance, allow for advancement to higher positions, and fill unmet employer needs—and developing the talents of people who should be but are not currently in the workforce. In particular, we sought to explore the opportunity created by the hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina’s workforce who are non-completers. These residents have some postsecondary experience but no credentials.

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  • North Carolina Workforce Data Resource Guide (July 2019)

    Policy makers, educators, employment trainers, and business managers alike know that timely and accurate data is crucial to making informed decisions about the workforce who will fill the jobs of today and those of the years to come. Where can you find this information, and how can it help you? This resource guide, prepared in consultation with the NC Department of Commerce’s Labor & Economic Analysis Division (LEAD), is an attempt to answer those questions. Below you’ll find various ways of making sense of the data that’s out there, from trusted sources like LEAD who know this state and its workforce.

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  • North Carolina Pre-K Program Fact Sheet (Sep 2017)

    “NC Pre-K is a primarily state-funded pre-kindergarten program administered by the Division of Child Development and Early Education within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The program educates eligible four-year-olds in classrooms located in a variety of settings, including public schools, Head Start sites, 1 and private child care centers (both forprofit and nonprofit). To be eligible, a child must have turned four on or before August 31 of the program year and be from a family whose gross income is at or below 75 percent of the state median income. However, children of certain military families are also eligible without regard to income, and up to 20 percent of age-eligible children enrolled may have family incomes in excess of the income cap if they have documented risk factors in specific categories including developmental disability, limited English proficiency, educational need, or chronic health condition.”

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  • Interactive Maps Showing How the NC Pre-K Program Is Delivered in Each County (May 2017)

    NC Pre-K is a state-funded program administered by the Division of Child Development and Early Education within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The program serves eligible four-year-olds in classroom-based educational programs in a variety of settings, including public schools, private child care centers (both for-profit and nonprofit), and Head Start sites (in both public and private facilities). These five types of pre-K settings are explored in more detail in the maps below, which give an overview of the settings used to deliver pre-K in each county and show, for each type of setting, the counties that rely upon it relatively more or less.

    Source: Adapted from Peisner-Feinberg, E. S., Mokrova, I. L., & Anderson, T. L. (2017). Effects of Participation in the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program at the End of Kindergarten: 2015-2016 Statewide Evaluation. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina, FPG Child Development Institute. We are grateful to Dr. Peisner-Feinberg for securing permission from the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education for us to analyze the classroom-level data she summarized in Table 17 of her report.

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  • A Process Evaluation and Demographic Analysis of Jury Pool Formation in North Carolina’s Judicial District 15B (Sep 2016)

    “Our evaluation includes documenting the individual steps in each of the three main parts of the process for forming jury pools: (1) the development and distribution of lists of jury-eligible individuals by the state to individual counties, (2) the cleaning and preparation of the lists at the county level, and (3) the related county-level jury pool–selection and summons process. After discussion of the statewide process, our evaluation focuses exclusively on the county-level process used in Chatham and Orange counties.”

    “Individuals who identified as Hispanic or Latino were slightly overrepresented in Chatham’s survey results and slightly underrepresented in Orange’s results. However, the percentages were fairly close to the corresponding Census Bureau estimates for voting-age Hispanic or Latino citizens, and those citizens’ relatively small share of each county’s population meant that the overall effect was slim. For example, the underrepresentation in Orange County amounted to about five fewer potential jurors out of almost 750 surveyed… The median reported household income among Chatham County respondents was $64,500 per year, while it was $90,000 per year among Orange County respondents. In Chatham, respondents with household incomes of at least $100,000 outnumbered respondents with incomes less than $25,000 by a ratio of two to one; in Orange, that ratio was almost eight to one.”

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