The goal of the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance's (FBRA) Workforce Development and Education Program is to virtually and physically connect education, workforce, and economic development assets and resources in order to produce a globally competitive workforce. The mission of the Education Program is to:
The Value of N.C. STEM on YouTube: Check out what our STEM communities have done and the importance of N.C. STEM's role.
Education Resources: Link to the rich variety of public, private, parochial, and proprietary educational institutions in our 11-county region; including 13 school systems, 8 community colleges (with campuses in all 11 counties), and 5 public or private universities.
Innovation through Interactive 3D and Blended Learning Experiences: Through generous support from the Golden LEAF Foundation and the NC Department of Commerce's Division of Workforce Development, the Fort Bragg region is piloting a Distributed Learning Network of Enhanced Technology Classrooms. Curriculum enhancements are taking learning to a whole new level by providing students with an interactive 3-dimensional experience of blended media. FBRA and Fayetteville Technical Community College produced The Schoolhouse Promise which provides a glimpse of how technology and teaching are merging in the region's classrooms.
STEM Community Collaborative: The Fort Bragg region is one of three communities selected by the N.C. STEM Community Collaborative to create a STEM focused Educational Innovation Design Plan. This plan focuses on "21st Century Teaching and Learning in Innovative Environments". In June 2011, all industry sectors and counties were represented by 75 participants who attended a STEM retreat for the purpose of creating a strategic plan. The FBRA collaborated with the Small Business and Technology Development Center via a Department of Labor Workforce Development Partnership program grant to facilitate this community exercise and create the plan.
Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development: Provides the region's exceptional teachers with research-based externships for the purpose of enhancing their teaching and leadership skills. The program's impressive history makes it a desirable model for growing a STEM culture amongst the region's educators. Watch the Kenan Fellows video, "Thinking Outside the Book".
REAL Game Online: REAL Game is a career exploration, financial literacy simulation for middle school students; a site license has been purchased for every middle school in the region. It provides tools that "help students imagine the future they want to create" -- Phil Jarvis, National Work/Life Center.
PipelineNC.com: Introduced in January 2010, students and job seekers can take online assessments to determine which careers best match their specific interests and skills. Career exploration is available by viewing 'Day in the Life Videos' of people working in various occupations. To better prepare individuals for the career of their dreams, program and course information is available and links are provided to admissions and financial aid advisors at each of the higher education partners. Social networking opportunities are provided through various communities and there is a direct connection to available job openings in the region and elsewhere.
White Papers: View the results of the DHS Cluster and Economic Impact studies as well as several other papers associated with Workforce Development and Education.