Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council

The Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC) was formed to provide higher educational opportunities through a collective effort of the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities in order to increase access to higher education. The UCPLC was formed to address this collaboration covering the five county regions including Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson Counties and including the two private colleges in the region, Barton College and NC Wesleyan.

North Carolina State University was assigned the responsibility of serving as the administrative, financial, and supervisory entity for the work of these collaborations.

The UCPLC and the McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education (MCE&CE) at NC State University have joined forces to provide educational and professional development support for teachers, principals, and administrators within the five counties of eastern North Carolina as well as increasing student success and retention. They also prepare educators to understand and support educational aspirations of prospective higher education students in the region, link programs of student retention and success, and lead joint efforts in the region such as workforce preparedness and better health care and services.

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Who We Are

The UCPLC is one of the eight units within MCE&CE. The UCPLC offers educational opportunities and support to teachers, principals, administrators, students, parents, and the community in the northeastern area of our state.


What We Do

The UCPLC compiles and maintains an inventory of existing programs for teacher preparation, professional development and continuing education, and student retention programs. We collaborate with teacher education personnel at the UCPLC member institutions--Barton College, East Carolina University, Edgecombe Community College, Elizabeth City State University, Halifax Community College, Nash Community College, NC Central University, NC State University, NC Wesleyan College, and Wilson Community College--to organize and deliver professional development opportunities through in-service training for teachers, principals, administrators, and students to increase success in the classroom, school, and/or system; recruit non-traditional candidates for teacher education using existing programs offered by UCPLC member institutions; plan, establish, and facilitate traditional and non-traditional teacher education degree programs to be offered in the region or on-line by UCPLC member institutions; and write grant applications and cultivate grant/program funding opportunities from foundations and private sector donors in the area of teacher education and student retention/success.


Where We Are

The staff has offices at the Gateway Technology Center in Rocky Mount, NC on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College.


The Services We Can Provide from Start to Finish

  • Access to extension and engagement educational opportunities with UCPLC partners
  • Assistance in developing educational opportunities for K-12 personnel to reduce teacher turnover and increase student success
  • In-service training for teachers, principals, and administrators
  • University non-credit education opportunities for workforce development

Contact Information

Betty N. Jones Betty N. Jones, M.A.Ed.
Teacher Success Outreach Specialist
Health Educator
Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council
Gateway Technology Center
3400 N. Wesleyan Boulevard
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252.985.9869, Ext. 7021
Kathy Lawson Dr. Kathy L. Lawson
Student Success Outreach Specialist
Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council
Gateway Technology Center
3400 N. Wesleyan Boulevard
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252.985.9869, Ext. 7023
Cynthia Peck Cynthia Peck
Community Outreach Specialist - Teacher Education
Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council
Gateway Technology Center
3400 N. Wesleyan Boulevard
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252.985.9868, Ext. 7022

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