NC Education
NC Education
Investment in our universities and community colleges

With major investments in local community colleges and universities across North Carolina, the Connect NC bond will help produce a highly-skilled workforce for today’s–and tomorrow’s–competitive and technological world.

Investments in our Universities

The Connect NC Bond provides nearly $1 billion for our state’s university system, providing state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) facilities on campuses across North Carolina. These investments are necessary to ensure that North Carolina can compete for the BEST jobs of the future.

Appalachian State University (ASU) – New Health Sciences Building

Providing North Carolinians with affordable and quality healthcare in the future requires a strong health services workforce. To support the increased demand for health professionals in North Carolina this project will provide a 200,000 square-foot facility for ASU College of Nursing. The building will also facilitate numerous other academic and public service programs. The building, in association with the Watauga Medical Center, will expand the facilities and resources available to the university, providing needed space for education, research, and public service.

ASU new health science building

East Carolina University (ECU) – Life Sciences and Biotech Building

The new Life Sciences and Biotech Building will provide a home for the Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Center for Excellence and the ECU Department of Biology, as well as spaces for bioprocess and biomedical engineering. The bond will also provide much-needed research development funding. The Center and new facility will serve as a recruiting tool for bright new students, and foster the creation of jobs, economic development, and innovation. Learn more…

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) – Moore Hall Renovation and GR Little Library

The bond will help fund two major renovations for this university – Moore Hall and GR Little Library. Moore Hall is nearly 100 years old and is in desperate need for an update. Those being the two major projects, the bond will also support campus-wide repairs. The funds will help market the university and focus on enrollment growth as well as enhance the university’s IT infrastructure. 

Fayetteville State University – Lyons Science Building Renovation

The university plans to construct a new building that will provide undergraduate teaching labs and graduate research labs, thereby freeing up space in the old Lyons Science Building. The Old Lyons Science Building will be upgraded and will convert existing labs into classrooms for students and professors. Learn more…

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) – New Business School

NCCU is expanding and the new business school will provide much needed spaces for teaching and learning. This will also help accommodate the growing student body. With the upgrades this building will bring, NCCU will be able to expand its distance education program and enroll more students that cannot make it to campus every day. NCCU will be provided with new and improved student-centered learning spaces and technology. 

NC State University (NCSU) – Engineering Building

This new building on Centennial campus will serve as the home for the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; and the College of Engineering Administration building. The new building will have classrooms and laboratories with the latest technology available to both students and administrators. The funding will also add to the campus infrastructure and provide new structured parking. 

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NC A&T State University – Engineering Building

NC A&T’s engineering building is over 30 years old – research and instructional methods and technologies have advanced significantly during that time. The new engineering building will be built right on campus and give students access to the latest engineering technologies and research tools. These improvements will attract engineering students to apply to the school, and train future graduates for the high tech jobs North Carolina will need to keep our economy moving forward. 

North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM) – NC School of Technology and Engineering

The bond will give NCSSM the funds to build a new school in the western region of North Carolina. The school will be called NC School of Technology and Engineering. NCSSM’s existing campus, in Durham, NC cannot accommodate the number of students they would like to serve. A new campus would provide many students in the western region of North Carolina with a place to receive a desired education. The bond would provide funds for improved technology infrastructure and learning spaces. Learn more…

UNC-Asheville – Renovation and Addition to Owen Hall

This project will fund the renovation and add to Owen Hall at UNC Asheville. The building currently houses the management, accountancy, and art departments. $21.2 million will be provided to renovate classrooms, add up-to-date technology, and other renovations necessary for the building. The addition will bring more classrooms and teaching spaces for both students and professors. 

UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC) – Medical Education Building Replacement

This project will replace the current Berryhill Building and construct a facility that allows for expanded teaching spaces and office space capable of supporting the growth of enrollment at the school. Upgrades to the new building will also include the technology required to meet research needs, a medical simulation lab room, monitoring room, classrooms, exam rooms, and more offices. 

UNC-Charlotte – New Sciences Building

UNC Charlotte accounts for 46% of the recent growth in the entire UNC system. Since the current science building was built thirty years ago, enrollment has grown by 142%. Increasing numbers of UNC Charlotte students are seeking degrees in STEM fields including hundreds of transfers from community colleges. Investing in science education at UNC Charlotte helps meet workforce and economic development needs. The new science facility is crucial to ensuring continued growth to meet demand for science graduates desired by employers. Learn more…

UNC-Greensboro – Nursing School Building

This building will house UNCG’s School of Nursing, as well as provide space needed for projected enrollment increases. As the Nursing School will only require approximately 50% of the building space, additional space will be available for new academic program offerings, and expected growth in externally-funded research and service programs that require labs and support space, teaching facilities, and office spaces. Learn more…

UNC-Pembroke – New Business School

Adding a new business school facility will allow the current building to be renovated as a general classroom and faculty office building. The existing building is centrally-located, making it a desired location to offer students access to academic services and classes. The new building will provide space for teaching rooms to UNCP business school students and faculty. 

UNC School of the Arts – Old Library Renovation and Performance Place Renovations

UNCSA plans to renovate their old library as well as performance venues that include stages, practice rooms, and student areas.The new library will be located across from the administration building on Ehle Drive. It will be 76,000 square-foot building with upgraded technologies available for students and faculty members. The rest of the funds for the bond will be put into renovating performance places across campus to ensure students have quality space to practice, perform, and learn. 

UNC-Wilmington (UNCW) – Allied Health and Human Services/Nursing Building

UNCW has developed a health and human services program with a mission of continuing and improving health services to rural areas. This program partners with other UNC campuses across the state. This new building would house the new Health and Human Services College; the Center for Health Living; existing programs in health sciences; and related labs and classrooms. This project is critical for UNCW to continue to educate health care professionals and expand services to rural areas of the region. Learn more…

Western Carolina University (WCU) – Sciences/STEM Building

The new STEM Building will support teaching and research, community outreach, and professional partnerships. The building will be state-of-the-art with the most up-to-date research materials.  The building will help connect students with the community using the latest technology. These programs and facilities will attract more students interested in science programs to enroll at the university and allow for increased capacity in courses such as chemistry and biology that are complementary to STEM. Learn more…

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) – Sciences Building  

The statewide demand for health professionals to serve our aging population has led to a need for more universities adding health programs to their mission and offerings. This project will add a healthcare facility to house the College of Nursing at WSSU. In association with the Watauga Medical Center, this building will expand the volume and quality of facilities available to students and educators, as well as provide rooms for research and public service. Learn more…

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Investments in Local Community Colleges

The funding mandates of the bond also demonstrate an understanding of the importance of community colleges in providing affordable education alternatives that provide students with technical, trade and academic skills to fill important roles in the workforce, as well as prepare students for further education pursuits. The bond provides more than $350 million in new construction and renovation projects that will allow the North Carolina Community College System to equip our community colleges to meet the demands of a 21st Century workforce. With this massive, historic investment in our community colleges, every county and area of North Carolina will directly and indirectly benefit from the passage of the bond.

Alamance Community College

Forsyth Tech Community College

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Gaston College

Robeson Community College

Beaufort County Community College

Guilford Tech Community College

Rockingham Community College

Bladen Community College

Halifax Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Blue Ridge Community College

Haywood Community College

Sampson Community College

Brunswick Community College

Isothermal Community College

Sandhills Community College

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

James Sprunt Community College

South Piedmont Community College

Cape Fear Community College

Johnston Community College

Southeastern Community College

Carteret Community College

Lenoir Community College

Southwestern Community College

Catawba Valley Community College

Martin Community College

Stanly Community College

Central Carolina Community College

Mayland Community College

Surry Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

McDowell Tech Community College

Tri-County Community College

Cleveland Community College

Mitchell Community College

Vance-Granville Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

Montgomery Community College

Wake Tech Community College

College of the Albemarle

Nash Community College

Wayne Community College

Craven Community College

Pamlico Community College

Western Piedmont Community College

Davidson County Community College

Piedmont Community College

Wilkes Community College

Durham Tech Community College

Pitt Community College

Wilson Community College

Edgecombe Community College

Randolph Community College

Fayetteville Tech Community College

Richmond Community College


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