Welcome to the McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education -- Serving North Carolina and Beyond for Over 90 Years

In June 1924, State College (now NC State University) established General Extension to offer correspondence courses and develop closer ties to industry and business. By the 1930s, its extension, correspondence, reading, and short courses served a student body representing every county in the state of NC, a majority of U.S. states, and several foreign countries. In 1965, College Extension was re-named the Division of Continuing Education. In 1971, the State legislature appropriated $4.25 million, to join the $100,000 in “butter and egg money” raised by home demonstration women, for construction of the McKimmon Center--named for Dr. Jane S. McKimmon, a proponent of continuing education and state director of the women's division of the Farmers Institutes from 1908-1911.  Construction began in late 1973; was completed in 1976.  In 1981, a 14,500 square foot addition was added.

Today, MCE&CE is comprised of eight units that reflect the ever-growing demand for continuing education and the needs of the people it serves—the Center for Urban Affairs & Community Services, Customized Contractual Education, McKimmon Conference & Training Center, Office of Professional Development, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Technology Training Solutions, The Collaborative at the Gateway Technology Center, and the Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council.

For a more detailed history of MCE&CE, click here

For an extensive history of continuing education at NC State University, click here



Important Information on How to Enroll

For instructions on how to enroll using the Student Portal, click on the link above or to download the instructions as a Word document, please click here.


Nominations Being Accepted for Opal Mann Green Award

The Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award was established in 2010 to recognize and memorialize Dr. Opal Mann Green’s distinguished leadership and dedication to the values of: 

  • using democracy in the classroom, in the community, and at home,
  • creating inclusionary teams, and
  • community-based learning and mutually-beneficial action around local issues valued by community members.

This annual recognition is awarded to a team (or teams) of individuals whose significant contributions and accomplishments have demonstrated excellence as engaged scholars who practice collaborative democratic strategies reflected in the Kellogg Commission Seven Part Test.

Submissions:  Submission may be made by those who observed the program or by the team who implemented the program.  All documentation must be double-spaced, in 12-point font.  The application packet should follow the following outline:

Cover Page (1 page):  Identify the project title, name of the principal contact person, address, phone number, email address, dates of the project, and listing the project partner units or entities. 

Abstract (1 page): Summarize the program, partners, , duration, and the significance to the university and the community. It should be a concise description that can be used on the award website, and in the awards program. 

Narrative (up to 6 pages): Tell the story of your project and include the details of the people, partner entities, project duration, partnership relationships, and impacts and significance.  Use the characteristics above as guide. 

Appendix (up to 4 pages): This should include a summary listing of documentation to outline the impact of the project. This could include summaries of evaluations, news releases, citations of publications, and website addresses.  A letter of endorsement from a community partner or consortium of partners must be included.

Application Submission
The completed application in Word (.doc or .docx) must be emailed by March 1, 2017 to omgesaward@gmail.com.


Call for Proposals for 2017 Engagement Scholarship Consortium

The 2017 conference will take place in Birmingham, Alabama on September 26-27, with the pre-conference workshops taking place on September 24-25.

Proposals are sought for presentations and posters that will inform or advance the scholarship and practice of engaged scholarship and university-community partnerships through research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or service-learning models, collaborative policy development and integration, or successful civic engagement practices.

The online submission deadline for proposal submissions is March 15, 2017. Click here for the full ESC Call for Proposals and online submission. Visit the official conference website for more information about ESC and the conference.