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College and Career Readiness (Basic Skills)

The North Carolina Community College System Office reorganized its Basic Skills section in the fall of 2010 to include a stronger focus on workforce readiness and transitions to postsecondary education and training. The new title of the section, College and Career Readiness, identifies adult education and literacy as an integral component of the workforce investment system.

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Mission Statement

North Carolina’s adult education and literacy program, Basic Skills, supports the mission of the North Carolina Community College System which is “to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals.”

Purpose of Basic Skills

North Carolina’s Basic Skills program assists adults in obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary for work, further education, family self-sufficiency, and community involvement.
North Carolina’s purpose is in line with federal legislation which governs the program, The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title 2, of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 which states as its purpose the creation of “a partnership among the Federal Government, States, and localities to provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education and literacy services, in order to:

  • Assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency

  • Assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children

  • Assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education.”

Community Colleges

All community colleges offer comprehensive adult education and literacy programs including Adult Basic Education,  English as a Second Language, and General Educational Development (GED). All 58 community colleges are official GED testing sites; therefore, all community colleges award the GED equivalency diploma. Forty-two community colleges also conduct adult high school classes and award an Adult High School Diploma in cooperation with local public schools. Community colleges receive both state and federal funds for their adult education programs.

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Community Based Organizations

The North Carolina Community College System funds volunteer and community based organizations to provide reading writing, math, speaking/listening in English, and GED preparation to adults who are 16 or older and out of school. These organizations typically focus on basic literacy skills and English as a Second Language, delivering instruction in one-to-one and small group settings. These organizations may provide assistance with adult secondary education, but do not award adult high school diplomas or the GED equivalency diploma. For the year 2012-2013, the following community based organizations have received Basic Skills funding:

Blue Ridge Literacy Council

Harnett County Literacy Inc.

Reading Connections

Brunswick County Literacy Council

Literacy Council of Buncombe County

Rockingham County Literacy Project

Burke County Literacy Council

Literacy Council of Union County

YMCA Literacy Initiative

Cape Fear Literacy Council

Literacy Council of Wake County  

Craven Literacy Council

Literacy Volunteers of America - Pitt County  
Durham Literacy Center

Moore County Literacy Council


Fayetteville Urban Ministry & Adult Literacy Program

Motheread, Inc.


Gaston Literacy Council

Orange County Literacy Council


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Advisory Board

The Basic Skills State Leadership Advisory Board was established in 1996. Its mission is to:

  • To provide leadership for the advancement of Basic Skills education in North Carolina.

  • To assist System Office Basic Skills staff in making decisions regarding state leadership funding.

  • To assist the System Office Basic Skills staff in overseeing state leadership programs.

The Board consists of two representatives from each of five Basic Skills regions, four at-large members including a Continuing Education Dean from the West, a Continuation Dean from the East, a community college president, and a representative appointed by the Executive Committee. One at-large member will be the current Basic Skills representative for the North Carolina Community College Adult Education Association (NCCCAEA).



Individuals and populations in North Carolina who are targeted for help under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title 2 of the Workforce Investment Act) include the adults who are 16 or older and out of school and need to improve their reading, writing, math, English, and/or speaking/listening in English. North Carolina has an additional target population: adults with intellectual disabilities.


According to the Workforce Investment Act, the following are eligible providers for subgrants of federal adult education funds: a local educational agency; a community-based organization of demonstrated effectiveness; a volunteer literacy organization of demonstrated effectiveness; an institution of higher education; a public or private nonprofit agency; a library; a public housing authority; a nonprofit institution that is not mentioned but has the ability to provide literacy services to adults and families; and a consortium of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described above. For-profit agencies are not eligible recipients for a subgrant.

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