Fayetteville, NC Area Colleges Offer Degrees, Workforce Training, Enrichment

Many courses of all levels are offered to fit residents' needs

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Fayetteville Technical Community College
Greg Emens

Whether you want a four-year degree‚ a doctorate or a night course to upgrade your skills‚ Fayetteville has a school to fit your needs. While these higher-education institutions have their own missions‚ they share common features – they offer degrees and courses that prepare students for the fast-paced business world‚ and they try to instill in their students the belief that learning is a lifelong process. “We want them to go away with the knowledge that this is just the beginning‚” says Barbara Copeland‚ vice president of institutional advancement at Fayetteville Technical Community College. “We gave them some tools that they can use‚ but they have to add to those tools throughout their life. Diversity is also a common goal shared by Fayetteville’s colleges and universities. Fayetteville State University – the oldest black public university in North Carolina – has increased its enrollment to become one of the most diverse campuses in the state. Thirty percent of the school’s 5‚000 students represent ethnic groups other than African-American. Established in the mid-1800s as a school to train black students to become teachers‚ FSU now offers 39 undergraduate degrees‚ 19 master’s degrees‚ and a doctorate in educational leadership. But training teachers is still at the heart of the university. “That’s our core – to encourage young people to consider teaching as a profession‚” says Lauren Cook Wike‚ assistant to the chancellor for university communications. “North Carolina faces such a huge teaching shortage in the coming years‚ we offer scholarships and other programs to encourage students to enter this field.” Fayetteville Technical Community College trains its students for a myriad of technical and vocational jobs. By partnering with area business‚ the college creates a curriculum to help ensure that the more than 40‚000 students are trained for the future. “We are training the workforce; that’s our niche in the market‚” Copeland says. “We support the economic livelihood of Fayetteville and the county.” At Methodist College‚ the reigning philosophy is that building a better workforce and community begins with students. “We want our students to get a good education that serves them well‚” says Cynthia Curtis‚ director of development at Methodist College‚ an ecumenical school serving about 2‚000 students. “But we also want to develop their spirit as well as their mind‚ and their body or well-being. We want them to contribute to society through volunteer work‚ church activities‚ even politics. We want them to be good citizens.”

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