Fayetteville State University receives notification of funding in the amount $1,200,000 over the next three years, for the continuation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The purpose of the project is to provide out-of-school time programming designed to improve skills students need to be successful in core classes such as math, English and science.
According to Dr. Teresa Thompson-Pinckney, Executive Director of the Office of College Access & Success Programs, “It is our vision to expand the learning environment for middle and high school students by partnering with Cumberland County Schools to enhance academic and social emotional skills of local middle and high school students through expanded learning. The 21stCentury Community Learning Centers serve as one of many support pathways, in the educational pipeline, to ensure that students come out at the end with the skills they need to be productive citizens and lifelong learners.”
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers will support 7th-12th grade students at Douglas Byrd Middle and Douglas Byrd High. The services are designed to reinforce and compliment the skills students need to persist through the educational pipeline by decreasing summer learningloss, supporting the transition from middle school into high school, and increasing career and college readiness.
The Office of College Access and Success Programs’ mission is to encourage and assist youth who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education with preparation for, entry into, and completion of a post-secondary education. The Office is comprised of federally funded programs that include 21st Century Community Learning Centers, TRIO Talent Search, TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science, and AmeriCorps VISTA.