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NC State University wins $4.7 million grant to expand the North East Leadership Academy (NELA) at the Gateway Technology Center.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, will be used to expand its efforts to train principals and assistant principals for hard-to-staff school districts in the northeastern region of the state.

"NELA allows a district like ours in eastern North Carolina to build leadership capacity," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. "We're the winners from expansion of a great program model."

Principal Yolanda Wiggins

Principals like Yolanda Wiggins, who leads Winstead Avenue Elementary in Rocky Mount, got their start through NC State's North East Leadership Program, which will expand with a $4.7 million federal grant.

For more on Ms. Wiggins story Click Here.

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2016 Summer Youth Camps

NEW Programs for Summer 2016

NC State Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Camp - July 25-29 Application period has closed
For students entering grades 7-12 in the fall of 2016.
This new STEM camp will focus on one of the nationally recognized Grand Challenges of Engineering. This is a week-long, non-residential day camp. Hours will be from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. A field trip to a college campus will be incorporated into the program. The curriculum is from the NC Math and Science Education Network Pre-College Program, which focuses on preparing student to attend a 4-year university and for careers in education and STEM.

Robotics Camp - July 5-8 Application period has closed
For students entering grades 4-9 in the fall of 2016. No experience with robotics or programming is needed. These exciting classes will teach students how to build and program Lego Mindstorm robots. Students will be introduced to programming concepts such as repeat loops, if/then statements, and more.

Video Game Design Camp - July 18-22 Application period has closed
For students entering grades 7-12 in Fall 2016. Two separate week-long non-residential summer day camps will be held for middle and high school students with an interest in designing video games. Using a curriculum developed by the NC State College of Engineering, students will learn how to create their own video games using GameMaker software.

2016 Returning Summer Camps

NC State Middle School Veterinary Camp - June 13-17 Application period has closed
Veterinary Camp is a five day non residential camp. It is for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders interested in the field of veterinary medicine. Students will learn more about becoming a veterinary healthcare professional and provide a preview into the real and vast fields of veterinary medicine. Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits, and in-depth, hands-on activities students will discover what modern veterinary medicine is all about.
Registration Deadline is April 15.

General Hugh Shelton Leadership Challenge - June 26-July 1
The Shelton Leadership Challenge is a six day residential experience for rising 9th-12th grade students. Students will gain a greater understanding of what it takes to be a values-based leader. General Shelton's cornerstones of values-based leadership, honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility are the foundations of the experience.
Registration Deadline is May 6.
Application and information:

NOTICE: Camp slots are not filled until after the individual camp's application closing dates. Students will be notified of acceptance status within two weeks after this date.


Summer Degree Class Sessions Begin:

NC State University Master of School of Administration NELA - May 19

East Carolina University Master of Social Work - May 21

NC State University Doctorate in Educational Leadership - May 19

East Carolina University Master of Public Administration - May 21


STEM Challenge April 16; Registration Deadline January 29

East Carolina University is planning to offer the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the Gateway Technology Center (GTC) in Rocky Mount to area professionals interested in furthering their careers in public and non-profit management beginning summer 2016. If you are interested in advancing your career opportunities and skills please join the ECU MPA faculty for an information session February 2nd from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the Media Center at the GTC. For more information click here. Application deadline is April 15th.

Video Game Design Academy for middle school students, grades 6-8, begins January 23rd. Registration is now closed.

February 2015: Juniors take the ACT for FREE at school on March 3, 2015. These scores can be used to apply to college. This class prepares students to take advantage of this college admissions opportunity & includes dynamic, focused instruction in English, math, reading, science, & writing.

Beginning January 2015 NC State University's College of Education will begin a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) degree program through the Gateway Technology Center. NC State University's new Northeast Doctoral Cohort is an innovative Ed.D. program designed to prepare 21st Century school superintendents and district level leaders.

NELA Top Program Nationally:

Congratulations to NC State's Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) for being selected by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) to receive its 2014 Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award! We at the Gateway Technology Center are excited and honored to host such an exemplary program.

Are you in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade? Are you interested in Video Game Design? We are excited to offer a Video Game Design Experience in 2015. For more information, visit: VGDE flyer


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