Pearson, Fayetteville Technical Community College Prepare to Serve Additional Military, Civilian Personnel and Families

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Fayetteville's population to increase with relocation of US Army Reserve Command to Fort Bragg

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We continue to work in partnership with North Carolina's colleges to arm them with the technology and tools they'll need to successfully manage increasing enrollments and promote their students' success in hybrid and online learning environments.

Like many community colleges across the US, Fayetteville Technical Community College has seen a spike in enrollments due to the recession. But Fayetteville also faces other, unique challenges: The community is home to Fort Bragg, whose residents have coped with multiple military deployments over the past decade.

And now, Fayetteville is preparing for an influx of 40,000 additional military and civilian personnel and their families beginning in March 2011, the result of the US Department of Defense Base Realignment & Closure Commission's (BRAC) decision to relocate the US Army Reserve Command to Fort Bragg from Georgia.

In anticipation of these changes, nearly 100 community and education leaders came together recently for a summit to discuss issues impacting the region as a result of the population increases, including managing the expected growth in community college enrollments and proven solutions that improve student success in hybrid and online learning environments. The summit was sponsored by Pearson Learning Solutions, a business unit of Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services.

"As we prepare to welcome thousands of new residents to our region, we must focus on the enormous impact they will have on our education system," said Barbara Tansey, Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Fayetteville Technical Community College. "We have been working diligently with the BRAC Regional Task Force to determine how the expected population growth will affect the region's community colleges, and we are grateful to Pearson for convening the summit as part of our ongoing efforts."

"Community colleges are the pillars of local communities across the US," said Don Kilburn, CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions. "We continue to work in partnership with North Carolina's colleges to arm them with the technology and tools they'll need to successfully manage increasing enrollments and promote their students' success in hybrid and online learning environments."

The summit included presentations and facilitated discussions about topics such as strategies to improve achievement and retention; using technology and customized solutions to personalize learning and enhance student engagement; and best practices and resources to enhance courseware and course design.

The keynote address was presented by Carolyn Jarmon of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). Ms. Jarmon is widely published on the topics of effective delivery of student services and distance education and is a sought-after consultant by institutions and corporations interested in learning in distributed environments.

Pearson provides complete, customizable online courses in many disciplines including allied health, business, criminal justice, and education, plus a full suite of custom media options for the classroom. Pearson's courseware services and library offerings are powered by best practices in instructional design and crafted by a team of course writers, subject matter experts and technologists.

About Pearson Learning Solutions
Pearson Learning Solutions (PLS) is a business unit within Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services. As an education partner and consultant to higher education institutions, PLS is committed to designing total, client-driven education solutions. We are a team of world-class education experts, instructional designers, curriculum development experts, education course writers, development editors and experienced textbook publishers. We tailor solutions to each institution's individual needs whether that is for off-the-shelf online, in the classroom or blended courses or fully customized curriculum development. We also provide a wide range of tools to help students, faculty and institutions succeed.

About Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fayetteville Technical Community College was established in 1961 and serves over 34,000 students annually by providing 150 affordable occupational, technical, general education, college transfer, and continuing education programs to meet students' needs and desires as well as the community.

About National Center of Academic Transformation
The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in using information technology to redesign learning environments to produce better learning outcomes for students at a reduced cost to the institution. For more information, visit the NCAT website http://www.thencat.org/index.html.

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