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This area affords unlimited possibilities for obtaining higher and continuing education and/or workforce training. Both Edgecombe Community College and Nash Community College provide a variety of educational programs designed to broaden the educational scope of a changing community. Both are comprehensive community colleges offering a wide range of academic and vocational programs that prepare students for entry into skilled occupations, and enhance personal, social, and economic potential while fulfilling the workforce needs of the community. Both colleges not only have strong relationships with area industries, they have formed a variety of partnerships with the area's public schools such as Tech Prep and cooperative programs. The Tech Prep Program was developed to guide students into course studies from high school preparation to Associate in Applied Science Degrees. It is these kinds of partnerships and interdependence that make this community strong.

North Carolina Wesleyan College
North Carolina Wesleyan College is a 4-year coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 1200 traditional students. The college conducts cutting edge research in biotechnology and molecular biology. Because of its small size, the students find it easy to get involved in co-curricular activities and developing valuable teamwork and leadership skills while pursuing continuing education.

Gateway Technology Center
The Gateway Technology Center is an educational hub center created to enhance Rocky Mount's access to the renowned University of North Carolina System and its 17 affiliated universities. The Center houses the Collaborative, NC State & East Carolina Universities as well as Fayetteville State University who are hosting masters' level courses as well as K-12 enrichment programs at the Center. The Center is located on the campus of NC Wesleyan College.

Shaw University
An extension of Shaw University located in Raleigh, the Rocky Mount campus offers a new design for teaching and learning through the Center for Alternative Programs for Education (CAPE). This program offers opportunities to those unable to attend traditional institutions of higher education and those who desire an education while continuing in the workforce.

Area Colleges and Universities
Other colleges and universities located within a short drive of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership region include: