Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) has been rated one of the nation’s top colleges for veterans and one of the most military friendly. With its close proximity to Fort Bragg, active military and veteran students and their families comprise a large portion of the student body and there are numerous programs designed to facilitate their educational achievement.
The FTCC Fort Bragg Center is located on the military base and offers counseling, registration, and testing services. FTCC also offers courses at Fort Bragg specifically for service members and families. These courses are taught on an expedited schedule and many of them are offered completely online in order to be as complementary to the fluctuations in military life as possible.
Service members and their families based in North Carolina are eligible for in-state tuition. FTCC also offers the All American Veteran Center, designed to provide higher education support for veterans and their families. It is not just a physical home base for veterans but also a place where they can get tailored academic and career guidance.
The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is housed within the North Carolina Community College System with locations at ten community colleges statewide, including its headquarters at FTCC. As a collaborative effort between North Carolina businesses and the state’s community colleges, NCMBC provides business development services and leverages military and federal employment opportunities to spur job creation and improve the economy.
NCMBC also offers support to highly skilled military personnel, family members and veterans as they transition into the state’s workforce. NCMBC has seen success since its inception in 2005, creating defense-related jobs in North Carolina and ensuring that there is a skilled military workforce to fill these jobs.
Sources: Military Programs, Fayetteville Technical Community College, http://www.faytechcc.edu/fort_bragg/index.aspx;
N.C. Military Business Center, http://www.ncmbc.us/index.php.
Michelle Goryn is a writer and public policy consultant in Raleigh, NC.
Paige C. Worsham is Senior Policy Counsel with the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research and conducted the interviews and convenings for this project.
The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research is grateful to numerous, generous supporters. Major funding for this project is provided by the Lumina Foundation for Education, with additional funding from the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund, and the Hillsdale Fund.