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Meet the EOC's New Director

 

Dr. Devon Carson was named the new director for the Educational Opportunity Center at North Carolina Central University. The center, now open, is funded by a $1.1 million grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education TRIO program and provides counseling and resource information on secondary school reentry, entry to a GED program or entry to alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts. The center will also provide guidance to qualified adults on the college admissions and financial aid processes.

“I am excited to be a part of this TRIO program. This is an opportunity for the EOC to make a great impact on the education in this state,” said Dr. Carson. The EOC at NCCU is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is located in the Eagle Landing Residence Hall, Ste. 100. Prospective students who are interested in completing a GED or a post-secondary program should apply.

Prior to his arrival at NCCU, Dr. Carson served as the principle at Winterville Charter Academy, a free public charter school scheduled to open August 2015 in Winterville, N.C.  He has also served as principal of Research Triangle Charter Academy (RTCA), an NHA-partner school, in Durham. Under Carson’s leadership, Research Triangle has exceeded expected growth in math and reading for the past two years. Prior to his time at RTCA, Carson served as a principal of Hillcrest Elementary and Pleasant Grove Elementary, both in Burlington, N.C.

He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Appalachian State University, his master’s and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in rehabilitation and school counseling from University of Tennessee, and his doctoral degree in educational leadership from University of Memphis. Dr. Carson also holds an educational administration and supervision licensure from University of Memphis and completed the leadership program for new principals through the Principal’s Executive Program, as well as The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program. 

“My job is as the new director is to help every qualified student reach their educational goals and maximize their academic potential,” he added.

To learn more, visit www.nccu.edu/eoc or call (919) 530-6602.

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017
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