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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 86 EDUCATION BY LAUREL HYATT Education Excellence in the Triangle When does education become a lot more than "reading, writing and arithmetic"– just as soon as you enter the Triangle Region of North Carolina! With over 20 colleges and universities (three major Tier 1 research universities), 10 renowned community colleges and strong K-12 schools, industry and even small companies have all the base and support they need for start-up and growth, and parents have the assurance that at every step along the way their child is in the hands of some of the best educators in the country. Just the three Tier 1 research universities - Duke University (Durham, NC), North Carolina State University (Raleigh), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – attract more than $2 billion annually of federal research and development funding. One of those Tier 1 research universities, Duke University, sits on a 9,000-acre campus situated in a city of more than 260,000 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke is divided into 10 schools and colleges including Fuqua School of Business, Pratt School of Engineering, School of Law, School of Medicine, Sanford School of Public Policy and School of Nursing. Duke also offers graduate programs through its well-respected Divinity School and Nicholas School of the Environment. Duke's graduates are shown to be among the most sought-after and valued in the world, and Forbes magazine ranks Duke seventh in the world on its list of 'power factories' (producing powerful people after graduation). The leading research institution in the area (perhaps the country) is N.C. State University (NCSU). With their 34,000-plus students, NCSU consistently rates as one of the best values in higher education excelling in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles and veterinary medicine. NC State students, faculty and staff work with industry, government and nonprofit partners to solve a variety of problems. Students leave the school as graduates ready to lead the workforce, having already applied their knowledge in "real world" applications through research, internships, co-ops, and service projects. The other third of the Tier 1 "Trinity" in the Triangle is not only the state's first public university but also the nation's. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) is definitely a global education leader known for their innovative teaching, research and public service. The campus covers 729 acres of Chapel Hill's downtown area. UNC-CH regularly ranks as one of the best values for academic quality in U.S. public higher education and offers 78 bachelor's degrees, 112 master's degrees, 68 doctorates and 7 professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Though the "Tier 1" schools get most of the press, the Triangle is rich in community colleges with equally high standards and results. Durham Technical Community College is known by many names. Among those: The community college of the City of Medicine and Research Triangle Park, Orange County's community college, and the first steps on the road to a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, or dozens of other public and private colleges and universities. Durham Tech provides high-quality, affordable, and convenient technical and career education while serving as the springboard to a bachelor's degree. With the opening of their Orange County Campus, they now also deliver the same programs and services to the residents of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Mebane. Over 98 percent of the students who persist to graduation from Durham Tech report satisfaction with its programs and services. Within a year of leaving the college, 100 percent of graduates report getting or keeping jobs. Over 87 percent of the companies that use Durham Tech to provide training for new employees are satisfied with that training. Durham Tech's graduates who transfer to other institutions do as well as or better than native students in their junior year. >>

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