To promote quality teaching and learning in North Carolina Community Colleges through a collaborative, statewide professional development system committed to sharing best practices, leveraging resources, and avoiding duplication.
Career and technical faculty in the North Carolina Community College System are expected to bring content area mastery and up-to-date teaching strategies to their teaching practice. At the same time, their fields of expertise continue changing, as do the technology used to address them, the student population, and the learning environment. Recognizing that these factors signal the ongoing need for faculty support, the North Carolina Community College System Office funded the North Carolina Network for Excellence in Teaching (NC-NET), a professional development resource providing online courses, workshops, tutorials, and instructional materials.
Funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, NC-NET’s activities are coordinated by the nonprofit education organization CORD and guided by a steering committee comprised of North Carolina community college instructional leaders. One of the major goals of NC-NET is to eliminate duplication of efforts while providing access to high-quality professional development resources from across the country. Its infrastructure supports a comprehensive, sustainable approach to faculty professional development that addresses the needs of career and technical faculty and complements other System efforts.