Impact of First Action Steps

  1. An Interim Executive Director was hired to provide the above designated leadership for the UCPLC.

  3. The UCPLC has been meeting on a regular basis to continue to discuss the needs of the region and how to find resources to develop solutions for these needs.

  5. Two positions (Teacher Education Outreach Specialist and Student Success Outreach Specialist) were created and reviewed by the UCPLC members. The initiatives of the position search and the position descriptions were vetted with the NC DPI State Superintendent, NC Community College Presidents, and key contacts with UNC GA. Search is underway Since early September, the new positions have been posted on the NC State HR Website. As of 10/19/09, 57 qualified applications have been received. The Search Committee has nine members (3 from NC State, representing CED Lateral Entry programs, Cooperative Extension, and the Chair, Extension and Continuing Education; and 6 from the local communities, representing school districts, businesses, community colleges, and community leaders). The committee has established a timeline for reviewing of the applications, its criteria for scoring of applicants on tabulation sheets, and the tentative week of interviews. The Student Success Outreach Specialist has been hired with a start date of March 1st. The Teacher Outreach Specialist has been hired with a start date of March 1st. Kathy L. Lawson started on 3/1 as the Student Success Outreach Specialist.

  7. A “first generation” website for the UCPLC has been created and populated with appropriate information about the UCPLC, its history, its membership and program committee, its actions to date, and documentation of its meetings, summit, two position descriptions, announcements, and weblinks for entrepreneurs and small business owners. We have also added a position description for a time limited, contractual position for an In School Health Care Specialist.

  9. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed on February 2, 2010 to define the collaborative relationship between the GTC, Inc., NC State University and Fayetteville State University in offering the FSU MBA program at the Gateway Technology Center, which started in January, 2010. The MBA will be delivered as a blended face-to-face and DE offering. A counselor of FSU will be available at the GTC 2 days per week to advise perspective students. UCPLC committed $12,000 to support the FSU counselor at the GTC. Four students are currently enrolled in the program.

  11. The GTC, Inc. has finalized renovations within the Gateway Technology Center for the office spaces of the two new positions and an administrative support position. The three offices have been furnished and set up with office equipment, fax and copy machines, telephones, scanners, and office supplies. The administrative support position will be posted after March 15, 2010.