Initiatives

Together is how we grow innovative educational ecosystems

The Land of Sky P20 Council does not operate credential or educational attainment programs. However, our strength lies in our ability to advocate for policy change and for increased funding streams for credential attainment. Additionally, we are uniquely positioned to partner with stakeholders seeking funding utilizing a four-county, comprehensive, and collective impact model. We start with attainment outcomes in mind and work backward to develop an attainment plan that is both strategic and intentional.

The Land of Sky P20 Council’s initiatives:

  • involve identifying strategies that work locally, based on local employers’ needs
  • center assisting attainment partners as a resource to aid in “Connecting the Credential Attainment Dots”
  • enhance our strategic directions

    We printed and distributed fliers, in English and Spanish, to send home with every senior in our region’s high schools to promote FAFSA Day.

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    January

    FAFSA Day

    2024

    2023

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    November

    First Cohort of Student Ambassadors

    We added Students as Stakeholders with 20 Student Ambassadors for the Fall 2023 semester. As a result, we hope to increase equity and improve outcomes for all students

    Our Region’s First Education and Workforce Symposium

    As part of IEI’s Talent First – Western Corhort, we partnered with five other local organizations and two statewide organizations to hold this event that highlighted our region’s innovative practices for educational attainment.

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    June

    Second #worklocal Campaign

    Through this collaboration with a local employer, a K-12 school system, and a community college, we introduced high school students to some of our region’s manufacturing careers.

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    April

    FAFSA Sweepstakes

    For this highly successful FAFSA promotion and completion campaign, we partnered with a community college, two K-12 school systems, and a statewide partner.

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    March

    First #worklocal Campaign

    For this collaborative endeavor, we partnered with one of our region’s largest employers and a K-12 school system to enhance high school students’ interest in healthcare careers.

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    February

    New Localized NC Workforce Credentials Directory

    We developed a database of non-degree credentials that can be earned locally (or online), are valued by employers, and put those who earn them on a path to a sustainable-wage career.

    We analyzed needs to increase FAFSA completions and assembled a booth kit for partners to borrow to aid in FAFSA promotion and completions.

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    October

    FAFSA PACK

    We received $1.4M from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities to historically marginalized individuals through our two community college partners.

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    September

    WORC Grant

    2022

    We partnered with economic and workforce development organizations and a chamber of commerce to identify gaps and challenges in our region’s existing talent pipeline.

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    August

    2022 State of Our Workforce Survey

    We established five action teams to plan and execute palpable community impact strategies for our four strategic directions.

    Initial Action Teams

    Alongside two K-12 school systems and a non-profit, we were part of the Asheville-Buncombe County team that was one of 12 communities chosen in the nation for the Success Planning Community of Practice through Ed Redesign’s Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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    June

    Success Planning Community of Practice

    We coordinated and released a video to feature our five schools systems’ Career & Technical Education departments to promote their integral link to our shared missions.

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    May

    CTE Promotion

    We awarded grants to four local organizations whose work aligns with our four strategic directions to increase educational attainment.

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    March

    Inaugural AIM Grants

    We continued our participation with 14 other LEACs across the state in a pilot program led by ncIMPACT & myFutureNC to work toward increasing attainment of credentials of value.

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    January

    Year 2 of ncIMPACT Initiative

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