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Founded in 1887 as North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, North Carolina State University was established by the North Carolina General Assembly as the state’s land-grant institution to provide teaching, research, and extension services to the people of the state. Known as the “People’s University,” NC State has developed into a vital educational resource, providing a wealth of academic offerings, in-depth research, and university outreach and extension programs to all sectors of the state’s economy and its citizens. With a student body of more than 34,300, 2,000+ faculty, and 5,300+ staff members, and research and program expenditures over $380 million, the University is an active and vital part of North Carolina life. An integral part of NC State’s educational mission is the provision of extension and outreach activities.

The McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education (MCE&CE) was established by NC State in 1924 to facilitate access by the general public to the University’s intellectual and technical resources. In order to be of greatest value to the diverse constituents it serves, MCE&CE collaborates with partners within the University and throughout the community to deliver timely, relevant, and effective quality programs and services. Through relationships with NC State faculty and staff, local and state governments, nonprofit organizations, business and industry, this centralized, administrative unit of 218+ employees (121 permanent and over 97 temporary workers), is involved in over 1,700 non-degree activities (including those that provide Continuing Education Units, CEUs, and those that do not provide CEUs) for more than 198,000 registrants. This educational outreach is accomplished through the efforts of the eight units that comprise MCE&CE.

Customized Contractual Education (CCE) addresses an organization’s continuing education and professional development needs.  We identify with you the areas of interest and refine those with our instructors to design and deliver a targeted educational learning experience.  Customized Contractual Education utilizes the intellectual capital of NC State University faculty and staff to develop and deliver contractual/customized education programs tailored to an organization’s unique training needs.  We want each person to move forward and apply the knowledge in the work environment, so they are a valued resource to the organization.  Partnership Development within CCE works with organizations to identify, and potentially leverage resources that are part of NC State University’s 12 colleges and 65 departments.  Opportunities can arise from research topics provided by and sponsored by an organization that relates to intellectual areas in a college or department.


The Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services (CUACS) was established in 1966 by the North Carolina legislature. CUACS provides survey research, program evaluations, outcomes assessment, and applied research to public agencies, schools, and nonprofit organizations primarily through contractual arrangements that typically exceed $8 million annually. CUACS’s Technical Outreach for Public Schools (TOPS) initiative with the NC Department of Public Instruction is a prime example of a long-term relationship with a state agency, spanning 30 years.

Three of the units represent the non-degree Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) component of MCE&CE. The McKimmon Conference and Training Center (MCTC) provides facilities and meeting support services (for over 189,000 participants in 1,822 events last year); the Office of Professional Development (OPD) managed 614 programs with 16,783 attendees last year; and Technology Training Solutions (TTS) implemented 477 courses (with 4,436 registrants during fiscal year 2016-17). These combined CPE units generate more than $7.6 million in receipts-based revenue on an annual basis, providing needed personal growth, IT training, and professional development opportunities to the citizens of North Carolina and beyond, utilizing minimal state appropriations. Collectively, CPE participants add an estimated $9,000,000 to the local economy annually, based on the formula utilized by the Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at NC State (OLLI) provides noncredit courses, study trips, and special events for adults aged 50+. Founded in 1991 as the Encore Program for Lifelong Enrichment, the program changed its name in 2014 to reflect its connection to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Network, a group of 120 lifelong learning institutes that have received support from The Bernard Osher Foundation.

The Collaborative (TC) is a unique partnership between East Carolina University and NC State University located in Rocky Mount, NC. The goal of TC is to extend university opportunities to meet the needs of the larger regional population of eastern North Carolina. TC serves an average of 10,000 individuals annually.  Programs include higher education degree and non-degree seeking students, K-12, and professional development opportunities.  The TC is able to use the resources of the UNC University’s faculty and staff to develop customized programs to serve the educational requests of area businesses and organizations.


The Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC) was formed in 2009 to provide access to higher educational opportunities through a collective effort of the University of North Carolina System, the North Carolina Community College System, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities System. The UCPLC was designed to serve a five county region including Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson Counties. Since its inception, partnerships have been established with area businesses, government agencies, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, the NC Department of Public Instruction, and all Pre-K through 12 school systems in each county. The UCPLC continues to assess the needs of the five county region in education, healthcare and workforce development and continues to design programs to meet those needs.