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The Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC) was formed to provide higher educational opportunities through a collective effort of the University of North Carolina (NC Central University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, and NC State University), the North Carolina Community College System (Edgecombe Community College, Halifax Community College, Nash Community College, and Wilson Community College) and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (Barton College and NC Wesleyan College ) in order to increase access to higher education. The UCPLC was formed to address this collaboration covering the five county region including Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson Counties.


Impacts and Achievements


During the two years of operation, the UCPLC has provided program assistance in the amount of over $136,000 to local partners to support the core mission areas in the five counties.

For example, four curriculum kits were purchased to put in the four county 4-H lending libraries that they share with the schools (one each). These kits will be used by the 4-H coordinators to not only loan to the classroom teachers in their areas, but also for the coordinators to use when the coordinators go into the classrooms to teach the teachers how to use them. These curriculum kits are aligned with the Standard Course of Study and are a great learning tool for all of the students and teachers involved.

Nash Community College was given funding to purchase a human patient simulator for the virtual clinical simulation laboratory. This major equipment purchase requires additional supplies, equipment, and faculty development to ensure high quality instruction. UCPLC awarded them $7,500 to be used for supplemental computerized training modules (for use with the human patient simulator) utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to patient care; laboratory supplies for students in all health care programs; and professional development for two faculty members to attend a simulation training conference.

Edgecombe and Nash County 4-H was awarded $4,000 to purchase 20 incubators per county for embryology education, which will provide additional students the opportunity to develop life skills related to science processes, teamwork, keeping records, and planning and organizing.

What People Are Saying


“Thank you for generously blessing Northampton County 4-H with the On Track for Learning: Safety Through Design 4-H curriculum kit. The kit will be a wonderful addition to our county program and allow us to expand the 4-H impact. We thank you, and the Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council, for bestowing these gifts on us and enabling us to share these great resources with young people in Northampton County.”

– Caroline C. Brown, Extension Agent, 4-H and Ann Lawrence, Extension Program Associate, 4-H

“Thanks so much for the excellent Computer Boot Camp! It was beautifully organized and executed by you and winsomely taught by Beth Robertson. Our grandsons truly enjoyed it and learned some new and useful things…in spite of some initial resistance to attending. You are right; Beth is a fabulous teacher! She had those kids totally engaged!”

– Grandparent of a participant


Additional testimonials can be accessed through the links below:

Center for Urban Affairs & Community Services | Customized Contractual Education | McKimmon Conference and Training Center | Office of Professional Development | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | Technology Training Solutions | The Collaborative