Johnston/So. Wake County

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 41 education "The district is developing a strategic plan that will provide us with a roadmap for growing the (school system) into an exemplary district that educates every student to the highest quality," said Merrill. A good example of the WCPSS following through on building a quality environment that keeps pace with the growing student need is Rolesville High School. The innovative design of this school, the largest-capacity school in the state of North Carolina, maximizes natural daylight and large common spaces for use by the Wake County community. Wake County is also home to 79 private schools with an enrollment of 15,745 students. There are 40 magnet schools in the area focused on the arts, world languages, science, technology, engineering, math, and other themes. International Schools are also growing in number. Located just 30 miles east of Raleigh near the junction of Interstate 95 and U.S. 70 Business, Johnston Community College (JCC) is a two- year, post-secondary college ofering more than 40 occupational programs of study as well as numerous continuing education programs and community service activities on its 177-acre main campus. The College boasts state-of-the-art facilities and has educational centers throughout the county including the Johnston County Workforce Development Center in Clayton, a biosciences training center that houses classrooms and computer and science labs; the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, a 2800-acre wildlife preserve and teaching facility; and continuing education centers in Cleveland and Kenly. The College is also home to a teaching arboretum, the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, and the North Carolina Truck Driver Training School (the oldest truck driver training school in the United States). JCC serves more than 15,000 students annually in its credit and non-credit programs and is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Serving nearly 70,000 students annually with fve campuses, two training centers, multiple community sites, and a comprehensive array of online learning options, Wake Tech Community College (WTCC) is fully accredited and ofers more than 180 associate's degrees, diplomas, and certifcates that prepare students for university transfer or immediate employment. Since 2003 the College has been under the helm of President Stephen C. Scott. "Faculty is critical to our mission, which is why we've established a faculty rank system to recognize and reward the best and brightest. This is the second year for our peer-driven faculty rank system, where instructors with fve years of service at Wake Tech are eligible to apply for a promotion to assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or senior professor. In its inaugural year nearly 200 faculty members were promoted." In Raleigh, North Carolina State University (NCSU) was founded in 1887 and today is regarded as a top choice for graduating high school seniors. NCSU, listed at No. 89 on the U.S. News & World Report rankings, is the largest four-year college in North Carolina. The school ofers students 100 majors of study and more than 400 clubs and organizations to join. NCSU's 12 colleges ofer 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through 65 departments representing all major academic disciplines. The university has two state-of-the-art biotechnology research facilities, the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/ Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI), and, The Golden Leaf Foundation Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), which collaborate with pharmacy and biotech companies in nearby Research Triangle Park. For nearly 65 years East Carolina University (ECU) has been a leader in distance education in North Carolina. ECU was among the frst schools in the country to develop and ofer a degree completely online. Since then, the university has created more than 70 degree and certifcate programs in health, education, technology and other areas. ECU has been named one of the Best Colleges in the Southeast by Princeton Review and has been named a Center of Excellence for 2011-2015 by the National League for Nursing. In fact, ECU nurses work in 98 of North Carolina's 100 counties and in every state in the nation. The school is home to some 11 colleges and schools as well as the Graduate School and Honors College. Taking for granted the immense popularity and excellence of the Big Three — N.C. State University (Raleigh), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University (Durham) — students may fnd themselves pleasantly surprised with other quality choices within easy driving distance. Campbell University,with campuses in both Buies Creek & Raleigh, is a private 4-year university afliated with the Baptist State Convention of N.C. Enrolling more than 6,000 students each year, Campbell ofers more than 100 majors and programs for undergraduate students within the liberal arts, sciences, business, education and religion, including around 150 students who annually enroll in their unique School of Osteopathic Medicine. Meredith College, located on a 225-acre campus near downtown Raleigh, is an independent private women's college (male students accepted at graduate level), chartered in 1891. With a student body of nearly 2,000 Meredith consistently is ranked one of the top 10 colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report. It also ranks among the top 20% of colleges in the country by Forbes.com and is one of the 'Best Colleges in the Southeast' according to The Princeton Review. Meredith challenges students to explore their interests, expand their skills, and build on their strengths. []

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