North Carolina Funding Nonprofit Startup to Increase Adult Education

The University of North Carolina system is using $97 million in pandemic relief funds to launch a nonprofit startup that will increase adult online education opportunities for more skilled workers. Project Kitty Hawk’s five-year financial plan projects 120 new online program launches and 24,000 net new enrollments across the system’s 16 university campuses by the 2026–27 academic year.

We are spotlighting this because it addresses a statewide challenge pertaining to adult education and invests in an ed-tech startup nonprofit to meet the challenge.

Reviewer Analysis

The George W. Bush Presidential Center

This is a model to watch if they hit enrollment, completion, and employment targets (which I hope they have).

Jocelyn Pickford

I’m encouraged by the focus on adult learners, who are often underserved in state workforce development plans, and the non-profit approach.

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