University among 11 schools in network preparing undergraduates for public service careers
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has joined the Volcker Alliance Next Generation Service Corps (NextGen Service), a ground-breaking initiative that draws diverse, talented young people into government careers.
Through NextGen Service, Schools of Public Service across the country are introducing college students to public service values and building practical, collaborative leadership skills, regardless of their chosen major.
“North Carolina Central University’s motto of ‘Truth and Service’ has expanded over the course of our 111-year history and remains a pillar for our foundational mission,” said Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., chancellor of NCCU. “In 2020, we celebrated our 25th year of requiring community service and engagement, as we recognize this valuable program addresses educational, social and other needs in Durham, the Triangle region of North Carolina and beyond. These experiences provide students with critical skills and opportunities and nurture our community’s next servant leaders. It is also part of The Eagle Promise, specifically proven leadership, which is one of four outcomes we promise to fulfill for students upon graduation. We are grateful to Volcker Alliance for including our institution as one that will continue training scholars for public service professions.”
Consistently ranked as a top historically Black college or university and regional university in the south, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing, and the arts. Located in the Research Triangle region, NCCU remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. NCCU has nearly 8,000 students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in 100 disciplines, master’s degree programs in more than 40 areas, and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences.
According to Sara Mogulescu, president of the Volcker Alliance, “We are so pleased to welcome…North Carolina Central University into our growing network of universities committed to preparing undergraduate students for public service.”
In addition to NCCU, NextGen Service schools include Montclair State University, Arizona State University, The City University of New York, Georgia State University, University of Houston, Indiana University, University of Nebraska Omaha, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh and University of Washington.
“…NCCU [has a] diverse student population whose desire to serve their communities and their country can be nurtured and developed through NextGen Service. [This great school is] already doing incredible work that is a huge value-add to our growing network,” said Brett Hunt, director of Next Generation Service Initiatives at the Volcker Alliance.
The Volcker Alliance is a nonprofit founded by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul A. Volcker dedicated to advancing his vision of an empowered public sector workforce. Their work supports current and aspiring public servants by strengthening public service education, championing public service values, and providing strategies to help them deliver better results.
For more information about the Next Generation Service Corps, visit volckeralliance.org.