In June 1924, State College (now NC State University) established General Extension to offer correspondence courses and develop closer ties to industry and business. By the 1930s, its extension, correspondence, reading, and short courses served a student body representing every county in the state of NC, a majority of U.S. states, and several foreign countries. In 1965, College Extension was re-named the Division of Continuing Education. In 1971, the State legislature appropriated $4.25 million, to join the $100,000 in “butter and egg money” raised by home demonstration women, for construction of the McKimmon Center--named for Dr. Jane S. McKimmon, a proponent of continuing education and state director of the women's division of the Farmers Institutes from 1908-1911. Construction began in late 1973; was completed in 1976. In 1981, a 14,500 square foot addition was added.
Today, MCE&CE is comprised of eight units that reflect the ever-growing demand for continuing education and the needs of the people it serves—the Center for Urban Affairs & Community Services, Customized Contractual Education, McKimmon Conference & Training Center, Office of Professional Development, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Technology Training Solutions, The Collaborative at the Gateway Technology Center, and the Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council.
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Alice Warren, Vice Provost for Continuing Education, received the Walton S. Bittner Service Citation for Outstanding Service in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). She was honored in front of her peers at the UPCEA Annual Conference held in Miami, FL from March 26-28, 2014. The Walton S. Bittner Service Citation for Outstanding Service in UPCEA recognizes outstanding service to continuing education at an individual's institution, as well as service of major significance to UPCEA. In addition to her 34 years of service at NC State's McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, Ms. Warren has been a valued leader and spokesperson for UPCEA for many years. She has led national UPCEA committees, assumed multiple leadership roles for UPCEA South, been an active member of the Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice Network and the Outreach, Engagement and Economic Development Network, and currently serves on the UPCEA Board of Directors. Ms. Warren's dedication and efforts have resulted in significant contributions to the field of continuing education through NC State University and UPCEA.
Dr. Yevonne Brannon, Director of the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services, has been selected by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington's Watson College of Education as a recipient of the 2015 Razor Walker Award, an award for distinguished service to the children and youth of North Carolina. Since 1993, the Razor Walker Awards have honored individuals whose vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice have made a difference in the lives of young people in North Carolina.