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NCCU has a rich legacy of community partnerships. More than 200 organizations ­– including schools, community centers, neighborhood tutoring and mentoring groups, and nonprofits that serve the hungry and homeless – partner with NCCU to ensure that our work fulfills real community needs.

NCCU University-School Partnerships Program (USTEP)

Our mission at the Office of University-School Partnerships (USTEP) is to link the resources of North Carolina Central University with the priorities of the university, the public school system and the greater community to respond to the call for better schools and better schools of education.

The USTEP Office maintains the commitment to nine partnership districts to provide support and professional development for teachers. In keeping with this strategy, the USTEP Advisory Board was established to build a team where trust among the partners helps us identify priorities for improving public education and producing well-qualified educators.  Through partnership development, we assist faculty in identifying diverse settings for student clinical experiences, and finding service and research opportunities for students and faculty. We also assist North Carolina public schools in closing the minority achievement gap and providing a quality, equitable education for all children.


Durham Public Schools, Franklin County Schools, Person County Schools, Wake County Public Schools, Warren County Schools, Weldon City Schools, Vance County Schools, and Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

For more information, contact Paquita M. Yarborough.

University/Faculty Partnerships

NCCU faculty have developed active partnerships with neighborhood and civic organizations, non-profit organizations and churches throughout the region, the state and beyond.

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