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Last updated on December 29th, 2020 at 12:10 am
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Last month my youngest son followed his brother and started college at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It was only about a week later that he started sending me texts telling me about his classes. He was already so excited about what he was learning–in just the first week or two of school!
I am so happy that my sons have the opportunity to go to college. It was a terrific experience for me too. College was the place I could study the things I loved. Being surrounded by people who were interested in the same things I was, and having professors who opened my eyes to things I hadn’t thought about before was amazing.
A college education broadens your worldview in so many ways, takes you out of your comfort zone, and teaches you how to think for yourself. I’m thrilled that my boys are able to attend UNC-G.
Growing up, a university education was not on my radar, but I had a high school guidance counselor who let me know it was possible. I was one of the first, if not the first, to graduate college in my family. I know firsthand how education can change lives! My degree is so much more valuable than the classes I took so many years ago (as much as I LOVED them). My college experience changed the course of my life and gave me a love of learning that is still with me today.
Here in North Carolina, we are fortunate to have an incredible number of high-quality universities and community colleges students can choose from. Having lived in a few other states, it was something that struck me when I moved here 14 years ago.
Why choose a North Carolina public university or community college?
- Whether students want to live at home, get the full college experience by living on campus, attend college near the beach or mountains, or anywhere in between, live in the city or a rural area, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. The North Carolina public university and community college system has locations all over the state.
- Whatever career or educational goals a student has in mind, the North Carolina public university and community college system can help you on your journey.
- Most jobs today require some kind of post-secondary education. The North Carolina public university and community college system is the ideal place to get your degree or certification because it is so accessible and affordable.
In fact, North Carolina even has a constitutional mandate that requires the North Carolina General Assembly to provide all citizens with affordable higher education. We are one of only three states to do so. Our constitution reads; “The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of the University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.”
- The quality of the education you’ll receive is another terrific reason to choose the North Carolina public university and community college system. Many of North Carolina’s public universities are highly-ranked nationally, and I can say from experience that we have found them to be truly top-notch.
- On a personal note, our family loves the diverse, vibrant community at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There’s a large student body, but it doesn’t feel too big. There are so many clubs and events that there’s a place for everyone to feel welcome and included.
Support Higher Education in North Carolina
I recently found out about an organization called Higher Ed Works that’s advocating for investment in North Carolina’s public universities and community colleges. This bipartisan organization believes, as I do, that our children and grandchildren deserve the opportunity to get a quality education at an affordable price.
Higher Ed Works is bringing together supporters, employers, students and the 800,000 graduates of North Carolina’s public universities to remind lawmakers that higher education works. They focus on:
- Affordability of higher education in North Carolina
- The value of a quality education
- Higher education as an economic driver for our state.
If you’re a parent, student, or anyone who cares about education, I hope you’ll visit Higher Ed Works to learn more about their mission.
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Looks like an amazing college.. It’s actually my dream to ho back to college..
The opportunities for higher education look very promising in the state of NC. All of our states should have the same.
And they offer some of the best basketball programs. Go Tarheels!
Wow, they do have good colleges and higher education in NC! I had no idea.
Mary Beth Elderton
The timing on this article is amazing! My son will be moving to North Carolina when he finishes his fellowship next year, and my grand-daughter will be finishing high school at about the same time. These are beautiful campuses. I’ll be passing along this info. Thanks!