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NC State University wins $4.7 million grant to expand the North East Leadership Academy (NELA) at the Gateway Technology Center.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, will be used to expand its efforts to train principals and assistant principals for hard-to-staff school districts in the northeastern region of the state.

"NELA allows a district like ours in eastern North Carolina to build leadership capacity," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. "We're the winners from expansion of a great program model."

Principal Yolanda Wiggins

Principals like Yolanda Wiggins, who leads Winstead Avenue Elementary in Rocky Mount, got their start through NC State's North East Leadership Program, which will expand with a $4.7 million federal grant.

For more on Ms. Wiggins story Click Here.

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The 2017 STEM Challenge will take place on Saturday, April 8. This year's theme is Waste Management.
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2017 Summer Youth Enrichment Camps
By the ECU/NC State Collaborative
On the campus of NC Wesleyan College

NC State Veterinary Camp // June 12 – 16 // Current grade levels 6, 7, and 8 // $200

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in partnership with the ECU/NC State Collaborative will offer a week-long non-residential day camp for middle school students. The hours are generally from 9am-3pm. Lunches and field trips will be included. For more detailed information click on the following link: ~Vet Camp Information Flyer~ or contact Sara Hughes at if you have any questions.

Math Camp // June 27 – 30 // Current grade levels 3, 4, and 5 // Free

Special funding has been provided to make this camp free to NASH and EDGECOMBE County students only.
Math camp reinforces various grade level expectations for mathematics and is taught in a hands-on, discovery-based manner. It is FUN! This 3-hour math camp will run Tuesday-Friday. Because of special funding it is provided free of charge to Edgecombe and Nash County students only. Edgecombe students will come in the 9am-noon session and Nash County residents will come in the 1pm-4pm session. Contact Melissa Whitley at if you have any questions.

Lego Robotics Camp // July 10 – 14 // Current grade levels 3 - 8 // $100

Students with little or no experience with robotics programming will learn how to build and program Lego Mindstorm robots. This class introduces basic programming concepts while students work in teams to complete a variety of activities using different motors and sensors. Contact Melissa Whitley at if you have any questions.
         Current grades 3, 4, and 5 will meet 9am-12pm
         Current grades 6, 7, and 8 will meet 1pm-4pm

Video Game Design Camp // July 10 – 14 // Current grade levels 6 - 11 // $100

This camp is for students interested in learning how to design video games. Students work independently so beginners to advanced students will be able to advance their skills. The curriculum was developed by the NC State College of Engineering using GameMaker software. Contact Sara Hughes at if you have any questions.
         Current grades 6, 7, and 8 will meet 9am – 12pm
         Current grades 9, 10, and 11 will meet 1pm-4pm

Coding Camp // July 17 – 21 // Current grade levels 3, 4, and 5 // $100

New for 2017! Students who attend Coding Camp will see how coding and programming control the world around us. Students will use a variety of coding tools and will learn how to write their own code. This camp is for coding beginners.
         Camp will be 9am – 12pm

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Camp // July 24 – 28 // Current grade levels 6 – 11 // $200

NC State University and Elizabeth City State University once again bring this STEM camp to Rocky Mount. Reviews from last year’s participants were phenomenal! The curriculum is from the NC Math and Science Education Network Pre-College Program, which focuses on preparing students to attend a 4-year college or university and for careers in education and STEM. This camp will operate from 8am – 5pm, Monday-Friday. Materials, lunch and field trips will be included. Contact Melissa Whitley at if you have any questions.

How to Apply

For your convenience applications for ALL camps will be done online this year. Submit the online application information via the blue APPLY HERE link below. There is a short-answer box where the student will be asked for 1-2 paragraphs why they would like to attend the camp/s they are applying. If the student is applying to multiple camps write one paragraph per camp.

NOTE: A limited number of need-based partial scholarships will be available for each camp.

APPLICATIONS will be accepted up to 5pm, April 14th

Student notifications of acceptance will be emailed by April 28th. If you have not heard from our office by 5pm on May 1st email us to receive your student's status.

More information on "how to pay" will be given to those students accepted. SEND NO MONEY NOW! Click on the APPLY HERE link below to get started. We are looking forward to a fun summer!




Spring Degree Class Sessions Begin:

NC State University Master of School of Administration NELA - January 3

East Carolina University Master of Social Work - January 7

NC State University Doctorate in Educational Leadership - January 10

East Carolina University Master of Public Administration - January 21



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