• September 19, 2014 • Education, • Military and Veterans Affairs

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory is partnering with our state’s U.S. senators and representatives to raise awareness among young North Carolina students about the rewarding educational opportunity available through attendance at one of our nation’s Service Academies.  


    The governor and several members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation will be hosting Service Academy Day information sessions throughout the state for high school students and their families highlighting information on how to apply for the US Military Academy in West Point, NY; the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; and the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.  In addition, young scholars may compete for slots at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.


    "For those who apply for and are selected for one of our service academies, I thank you in advance for your service to our nation and for the sacrifices you and your families will be making for all of us," Governor McCrory said. "After your long and distinguished military careers that may take you to the far reaches of our globe, I hope you'll plan to return to North Carolina, the greatest state in the greatest country in the world."


    U.S. senators and representatives nominate students in their districts to attend our nation's service academies each year. Information sessions are open to any high school students interested in applying.


    Office of Governor Pat McCrory 

    Reps. Mike McIntyre and Walter Jones  

    September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

    Armed Forces Reserve Center  

    3623 Carolina Beach Road  

    Wilmington, NC 28412  

    RSVP:  (919) 612-5438  


    Office of Governor Pat McCrory 

    Reps. Walter Jones and G.K. Butterfield (Rep. Jones is scheduled to attend.)  

    September 27, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

    Armed Forces Reserve Center  

    3000 South Mill Street  

    Winterville, NC 27590  

    RSVP:  (919) 612-5438  


    Office of Rep. Richard Hudson 

    September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

    Concord High School  

    481  Burrage Road  

    Concord, NC 28025  

    RSVP:  (704) 786-1612  


    Office of Sen. Kay Hagan 

    September 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 

    Forsyth Technical Community College 

    West Campus Auditorium 

    1300 Bolton Street 

    Winston-Salem, NC 27103 

    RSVP:  (877) 852-9462 


    Office of Governor Pat McCrory 

    Reps. David Price, Renee Ellmers, George Holding and Mike McIntyre  

    October 4, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

    Joint Force Headquarters  

    North Carolina National Guard  

    1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607  

    RSVP:  (919) 612-5438  


    Office of Governor Pat McCrory 

    Reps. Mark Meadows and Patrick McHenry  

    October 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

    North Carolina National Guard   

    Armory, 100 Minuteman Drive  

    Asheville, NC 28806  

    RSVP:  (919) 612-5438 


    Office of Rep. Virginia Foxx

    November 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Wilkes County Public Library

    215 10th Street

    North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

    RSVP: (336) 778-0211


    Office of Rep. G.K. Butterfield

    Fall, 2014 – Specific date/location to be announced. 


    All Academy Night

    February 15, 2015 

    7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

    Cardinal Gibbons High School 

    1401 Edwards Mill Road 

    Raleigh, NC 27607 

    RSVP:  (919) 787-2704 


    Office of Rep. Robert  Pittenger

    Spring, 2015 – Charlotte.  Specific date/location to be announced. 


    Office of Rep. Mark Meadows

    Spring, 2015 – Hendersonville/Marion.  Specific date/location to be announced

  • August 22, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory is encouraging high school students to apply for the Governor’s Page Program. Upcoming dates for the one-week internship in Raleigh are available beginning  September 8.


    “As students are heading back to school, we are encouraging families to get more information about the Governor’s Page Program and apply for available Fall dates,” said Governor McCrory. “The page program provides valuable firsthand experience in how government operates. It is training North Carolina's high school students and the next generation of our state's leaders about the importance of public service."



    Governor McCrory hosted nine North Carolina high school students from around the state at the capitol last week. They were the last group of students for the summer participating in the Governor's Page Program.


    Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the function and roles of state government while learning about the importance of public service. Pages selected serve one week terms and are granted a stipend of $150.00 per week to offset the costs of expenses incurred.


    Each applicant must be a North Carolina high school student in good academic standing between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.


    Read more about the program and upcoming dates here.

  • August 21, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC- Members of the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee presented nine major recommendations on testing standards and assessments to Governor Pat McCrory today at a meeting at the Executive Mansion.


    “Since I took office, superintendents, principals and teachers have told me that the testing burden in our classrooms threatens to turn our teachers into proctors,” Governor McCrory said.“Burdensome testing deprives our students of the talent and creativity our teachers have spent their careers to develop. Just as they did on teacher pay, members of the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee looked at the issue of testing and have produced some innovative recommendations and I look forward to studying them in depth. Long lasting and meaningful education reform will not come from politicians in Raleigh, but from the teachers in our classrooms .” 


    The recommendations on standards and assessments presented to Governor McCrory and Education Advisor Eric Guckian are:

    1. Prioritize student learning: The first and most important reason for assessment is to support student growth and achievement. Assessment practices should be structured around this fact.
    2. Use multiple measures: North Carolina’s testing system should include multiple measures of mastery to ensure robust evaluation of student learning.
    3. Strengthen teacher evaluation: Improve and supplement metrics used to evaluate educator’s impact on student growth.
    4. Promote developmentally appropriate testing: Ensure that assessment systems are aligned with what we know about student developmental learning capacity and the environments in which students perform best.
    5. Reduce or eliminate redundant, impractical, or weak assessments: Ensure all assessments implemented are necessary, aligned to standards, and relevant to college and career-readiness.
    6. Respond to local needs: Allow for additional flexibility around assessment to ensure local priorities and needs are reflected in student learning.
    7. Ensure clear communication: Pursue adequate communication and engagement with educators and community regarding standards and assessments before implementing changes.
    8. Support capacity for online assessment: Ensure adequate resources and capacity in all schools before mandating online assessment.
    9. Improve Read to Achieve requirements: Modify assessment practices around Read to Achieve to promote strong implementation and student success.

    Extensive details on these recommendations were also provided.


    In addition to receiving these recommendations, the governor also updated members on significant education reforms initiated during the short legislative session.


    Governor McCrory re-established the Teacher Advisory Committee in September 2013. The committee, made up of 24 teachers from various parts of the state and disciplines across the K-12 spectrum, was charged with tackling substantive issues such as teacher pay, retention, teacher performance measures, testing and technology in the classroom.

  • August 14, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory hosted students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who served as interns this summer for various North Carolina Department of Transportation offices at the executive mansion today. Twenty students participated from six colleges and universities, representing 10 different fields of study and helping support more than 15 different offices and departments.




    “It’s these kinds of programs that are helping fuel our economic recovery by providing our students with the skills they will need to solve problems of the future and instill the value of public service in the next generation of engineers, managers, aviation specialists, information technology experts and more,” said Governor McCrory. “I want to thank all of the interns, their academic advisers and parents for going the extra mile by participating in this summer program, and I’m proud of the partnership between NCDOT and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”


    Interns were from Elizabeth City State University, Shaw University, NC Central University, Bennett College, Winston-Salem State University and Saint Augustine’s University. Interns served in various NCDOT departments throughout the state, including the DMV, Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Aviation and Information Technology.


    While thanking the students for their service to the state, the governor also highlighted accomplishments of North Carolina’s 11 HBCUs and several HBCU alumi who serve in the governor’s administration.


    Internship program students

    Alanna Johnson (Elizabeth City State University)

    Ashley Jordan (Shaw University)

    Bryan Speight (Shaw University)

    Carlos Benitez Arzate (NC Central University)

    Catarina Carswell (Bennett College for Women)

    Charity Timberlake (Winston Salem State University)

    Colin Garr (Elizabeth City State University)

    Corie Judge (NC A&T State University)

    Darius Johnson (Elizabeth City State University)

    Darrell Slade (Winston Salem State University) 

    Diamond Gilmore (NC A&T State University)

    E'nasia Peterson (Saint Augustine's University) 

    Grant Holmes (NC A&T State University)

    Haywood Perry (Elizabeth City State University) 

    Henry Capers (Saint Augustine's University)

    Mahamadou Tahirou (Winston Salem State University)

    Marcus Mundy (NC Central University) 

    Michael Lane (Winston Salem State University)

    Ronald Moore (Saint Augustine's University)

    Temitope Olaniyan (NC A&T State University)


  • August 12, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

    Raleigh, N.C. - The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, sponsored by the General Motors Foundation, awarded scholarships to three North Carolina college students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

    Governor Pat McCrory hosted these recipients and their families at the executive mansion today to honor these young men and women and celebrate their achievements.
    “These students have made our state proud with their hard work, determination to succeed and thirst for knowledge,” Governor McCrory said. “Interest in STEM-related subjects is good for our state and our country, and I’m thankful for programs like this from Buick that motivate and congratulate these star students.”
    One hundred students from throughout the country received scholarships this year, with three hailing from North Carolina.
    Deneace Williams of Clinton is a rising junior at  North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University majoring in marketing. Her career goal is to go into automotive supply chain/marketing, ensuring consumers know the vehicle they buy is reliable and worth their investment. Williams spends her time volunteering as a tutor and with various food service projects.
    Shelby Sessions of Hampstead is a rising sophomore at North Carolina State University, majoring in electrical engineering. Sessions' career goal is to design electric cars. He is a member of the Eco Car club and spends time as a volunteer tutor, as well as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Ecology club.
    Kristen Wiedenheft of Greensboro is in her final year at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she is majoring in mechanical engineering. Her focus of study is in fluid dynamics and combustion (engine design). Wiedenheft is a member of the The Alamance Makers Guild and several professional engineering societies and volunteers with the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as local farms that provide food to lower income families.
    Half of the recipients nationwide are the first of their families to receive a secondary education. More than half are of ethnic backgrounds, and more than 60 percent of this year's recipients are female.

  • July 17, 2014 • Education

    Northampton students spend summer with science

    by Richard Adkins

    July 16, 2014



    More than 50 students in Northampton County are spending their summer break in the classroom as part of a program designed to give them a greater chance at career success.


    The grant-funded program emphasizes STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math.




    Now in its third year, the STEM program has been so popular that Gov. Pat McCrory made a road trip Wednesday to see it for himself.


    “Your generation has to step up and make this society better,” McCrory told the students.


    “I really like school, and my favorite subjects are math and science, and I want to be an engineer,” student Katlyn Farrow said. “So, I thought this would help me a lot.”




    “You got to take advantage of every moment, and the best way to take advantage of every moment is to never stop learning,” McCrory said to the teens.


    Read it all here.


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