Perspective | Aligning high school to postsecondary and career expectations for all students – EdNC

The following is Mary Ann Wolf’s “Final Word” from the April 17 2021 broadcast of Education Matters: “N.C. sets goal for 2M to get postsecondary degree by 2030.”

A very astute superintendent once shared with me that: “You can’t finish college if you don’t start it.”

He was referring to how he had built opportunities for his high school students to earn a significant number of college credits while still in high school to set them on a pathway to earning a degree or high quality credential. While this approach certainly made college courses more affordable, he also shared the importance of students seeing themselves as college students capable of completing the coursework successfully.

North Carolina is working to ensure that more of our students and residents have a high quality postsecondary credential or degree, as postsecondary credentials and degrees are becoming increasingly important for our current and future labor market.

The state, through myFutureNC, has set an ambitious goal for 2 million North Carolinians to have a high-quality postsecondary credential or degree by 2030. While we are making progress, we still have much to do. As of 2018, 1.3 million North Carolina residents held a postsecondary credential or degree. Making this goal a reality requires strategic investments and supports