Basic Skills Plus Initiative

Basic Skills Plus is an initiative that help Basic Skills students transition to post-secondary education and jobs with family sustaining wages. Formerly, such students followed a linear progression through basic and secondary education before enrolling in college-level courses. This initiative integrates Basic Skills and occupational education to accelerate students more rapidly through completion of a credential of value in the local labor market. The System Office's major desired outcome of this initiative is the implementation of Basic Skills Plus in all 58 colleges by 2014.

Basic Skills Plus

In 2010, building on more than ten years experience with Pathways to Employment programs, which funded local programs to integrate occupational short term courses and Basic Skills, the System Office created Basic Skills Plus to provide full integration of adult secondary instruction (GED and Adult High School), with college occupational education (both curriculum and continuing education), and employability skills.  In July 2010, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted a budget bill with provisions enacted to support Basic Skills Plus. In November 2010, the first two colleges were approved by the State Board of Community Colleges to provide Basic Skills Plus programs. In November 2012, 43 colleges have been approved by the State Board to offer Basic Skills Plus, which is considered the umbrella program for transition programs for Basic Skills students in North Carolina’s community colleges.

Contact Dr. Cassandra Atkinson at 919-807-7144 or


Most Recent Activity Report

Accelerating Transitions and Basic Skills Plus

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 09:34

Approval of four colleges for Basic Skills Plus:  Alamance, Gaston College, Piedmont, South Piedmont


Approval 24 new Career Pathways at 11 colleges.

Key Values:

Accelerating Opportunity and Basic Skills Plus

October –November 2013


Accelerating Transitions.  Seven colleges will implement accelerating opportunity concepts of team teaching, contextualized instruction, effective braided funding, transitions tools, collaborations, and credential attainment in industry recognized career pathways. NC Transitions Symposium is being planned for scaling up Accelerating Opportunity concepts in NC Basic Skills Plus programs in 46 colleges. Participating Colleges: Blue Ridge, Caldwell, and College of the Albemarle, Davidson County, South Piedmont, Wake Tech and Wilkes. These seven colleges are leading the state’s efforts to scale up key Accelerating Opportunity concepts.


Key Values: Next Steps:

Accelerating Transitions will be launched in the state with the Accelerating Transitions Symposium on November 18 -19, 2013 at the NC State University McKimmon Center (Raleigh NC). Registration is $50. Each college is encouraged to send a team of 3-5 to attend the breakout sessions.

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sandy Shugart-President, Valencia College Orlando FLA. Topic: Keys for Student Success

Dr. Shugart was recognized as a White House Champion in Adult Education

Ms. Louisa Erickson- Program Administrator, Washington State Board for Community

and Technical Colleges, Olympia WA. Topic: Effective Career Pathway Development

Ms. Erickson is an expert on the Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (I-BEST) Model.

250 participants have registered

NCCCS staff and Blue Ridge and Wilkes Community Colleges presented on Accelerating Transitions Partnerships at the Department of Social Services Institute Hickory NC October 24, 2013.

Next Steps:

Prepare Report on Basic Skills  Plus Outcomes to be shared with the State Board

Review new Applications for Basic Skills Plus due February 19, 2014

Review Reqeusts for approval of new Career Pathways due March 11, 2014

Provide technical assistance to Basic Skills Plus colleges

Support Data Initative for Student Support and Student Success and serve as moderator at upcoming Conference

Plan and coordinate regional meetings to provide technical assistance on key accelerating transitions elements.

Participate in CCR Advisory Board Meeting  February 2014

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