• 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.

  • July 16, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement following the passage of Senate Bill 812:

    "I will sign this bill because it does not change any of North Carolina’s education standards. It does initiate a much-needed, comprehensive and thorough review of standards. No standards will change without the approval of the State Board of Education. I especially look forward to the recommendations that will address testing issues so we can measure what matters most for our teachers, parents and students."

  • July 15, 2014 • Education, • Healthcare, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement today on budget meetings with House and Senate leadership:


    "Earlier today we had positive dialogue with Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis during a meeting at the Executive Mansion. However, we continue to have objections concerning the elimination of thousands of teacher assistants as well as cuts to core state services, including programs for the elderly, disabled and Alzheimer's patients.


    "During our luncheon, we presented the option to allow local school districts flexibility to provide teacher raises and fund teacher assistants. We're encouraged that both Speaker Tillis and Senate Education Chairman Jerry Tillman publicly indicated their willingness to consider this proposal. We look forward to further dialogue with the House and Senate."

  • July 15, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory congratulated more than 80 state government interns today at a reception at the governor's mansion. The interns took part in a summer program that provided them with training in a wide range of state government workplaces.


    "I'm proud of these students for showing interest in public service, and I'm proud that our internship program was the first of its kind in the country," Governor McCrory said. "We are investing in our young people here in North Carolina, because we know that they are our next generation of leaders."



    Department of Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge, along with Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office Executive Director Stephanie Nantz, also addressed the crowd of interns and officials. Members of the Internship Council, Council of State members and others were among the state officials at the reception.


    This year more than 500 students applied for the internship program, representing 78 of the state’s 100 counties and numerous public and private colleges and universities, law schools and community colleges. Of these applicants, 83 interns were selected, representing 42 counties and 30 schools.


    The internship program, which is part of the Department of Administration's Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, began in May and included college, graduate and law students in more than 48 different fields of study ranging from accounting to zoology.


    Established in 1969, the program offers paid internships to North Carolina residents attending two or four-year colleges, universities, community colleges, graduate school or law school.

  • July 13, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

    Nashville, TN- Governor Pat McCrory was named to the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) for the 2014-15 year today.

    “We have much success and innovation to share with the rest of the country,” Governor McCrory said. “While gridlock prevails in Washington D.C., governors must act, rather than talk, and that’s what we’re doing in North Carolina to provide the economic and educational opportunities our state needs to prosper. I look forward to bipartisan discussions with my fellow governors about the results that come with making tough decisions, keeping a close eye on the taxpayers’ wallets, and looking beyond traditional ideas and approaches.”

    The Executive Committee will be chaired by Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado. Governor McCrory was nominated by Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, who will serve as vice-chairman.

    Also named to the executive committee along with Governor McCrory were Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut, Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

    During the 2013-14 year, Governor McCrory served on the NGA’s Economic and Development and Commerce Committee.

  • July 11, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC - The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:

    North Carolina Textbook Commission
    • Dawn Hester (Pitt County)
    • Tracy Arnold (Pitt County)
    • Tracey Lewis (Stokes County)
    • Lesa Widener (Catawba County)
    • Julie Felix (Cabarrus County)
    • Maria Bishop (Burke County)
    • Michelle Gray (Scotland County)
    • Charles Gaffigan (McDowell County)
    • Brian Creasman (Vance County)
    • Cassundra Morrison (Surry County)
    • Jessica Luby (Catawba County)
    • Glenn Locklear (New Hanover County)
    • Michelle Tiesi (Mecklenburg County)
    • Alison Mintz (Cleveland County)
    • Rodney Trice (Orange County)
    • Daniel Novey (Carteret County)
    • Kathleen Linker (Rowan County)
    • Lissa Harris (Guilford County)
    • Linda Mozell (Guilford County)
    • Brenda Winfrey-Knox (Cumberland County)
    • Kathy Crumpler (Pender County)
    • Stephen Gay (Wake County)

    The commission evaluates all textbooks offered for adoption. Each textbook shall be read by at least one expert certified in the discipline for which the book would be used. The term length is four years.

  • July 10, 2014 • Education, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the ongoing negotiations over providing much needed raises to North Carolina teachers:


    “This morning, I received a call from Speaker Tillis and they have moved to a 6 percent raise. In an effort to come to a resolution, but with some concerns, I have agreed to accept that position. I've moved from a 3 percent raise to a 6 percent raise for teachers.


    “We have a plan that doesn't raise taxes, provides meaningful raises for teachers without cutting thousands of teacher assistants and avoids ending critical services to the blind, elderly, disabled and those with Alzheimer's disease.


    “This is a long-term, sustainable and affordable plan in which I stand with our teachers, our students, our principals, our superintendents, business leaders, House Democrats and House Republicans. The Senate is currently standing by themselves with no visible support outside of the Beltline of our state capital.


    “I will veto the latest Senate plan or any plan that resembles it because I know of no financial way we can go beyond the House proposal without eliminating thousands of teacher assistants, cutting Medicaid recipients and putting at risk future core state services.


    "I’m committed to clearing my calendar next week to meet with any Senate or House member – both Republicans and Democrats - to personally communicate my resolve and to communicate to teachers who are waiting in limbo as the school year approaches."



    Governor McCrory was joined by Speaker Tillis, members of the North Carolina House of Representatives, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson, Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey, school superintendents, teachers and students at a press conference on June, 25, signaling broad support for an education budget that does not cut teacher assistants or needed Medicaid services.

  • July 2, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory's senior education adviser, Eric Guckian, has sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler urging the FCC to act now to expand E-Learning opportunities for North Carolina students. 


    In June, Governor McCrory joined with governors from Oregon, Virginia, Mississippi and Maryland in calling for federal action on Wi-Fi access for all students. The bipartisan group of governors called for the modernization of the FCC's E-Rate program.  


    "As you know, in today's global economy, it is crucial that our students are prepared for success in a competitive workforce," Guckian wrote. "The best way to do this is to promote personalized education systems and supports that enable learning to take place anytime, anywhere."


    Guckian described the chairman's proposal as addressing a "pressing need," one that should be resolved in the coming school year.


    Seventy-eight percent of North Carolina’s schools do not have the internal Wi-Fi connections that are now required to support digital learning. The national rate is approximately 60 percent. The E-Rate program has not kept pace with technology and provides no funding for Wi-Fi access.


    State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes and Governor McCrory met with the Federal Communications Commission in June to ask that North Carolina share in funding that would help the state extend Wi-Fi access to every K – 12 classroom.


    Governor McCrory has made support for innovative learning a hallmark of his administration, whether it be through rewarding forward-thinking teachers, as in the Governor's Teacher Network, or by signing legislation that brings technology into the classroom and promotes sharing resources among educators.


    Read a copy of the senior education adviser's letter here.



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