The greatest economic impact of North Carolina Community Colleges stems from the added human capital the knowledge, creativity, imagination, and entrepreneurship found in their alumni.
North Carolina’s 58 Community Colleges have a $19 Billion annual impact on the state’s economy.
NC Community Colleges made up about 3.4% of the state’s total gross state product (GSP) in 2019-20.
NC Community Colleges support nearly 320,000 jobs in our communities.
Community college graduates have higher incomes, contributing to a larger tax base and a growing state.
NC Community Colleges generate nearly double the revenue from what they take from taxpayers.
For every $1 the state invests, taxpayers get $1.90 back in added tax revenues and public sector savings.
For every $1 students invest to attend a local community college, they gain $4.50 in lifetime earnings.
NC Community College students enjoyed an average rate of return on their college investment of 22.3%.
Click on the 58 North Carolina Community Colleges below to learn how each campus is impacting their state and local communities and the students they serve.
North Carolina Community College students enjoyed an average rate of return on their college investment of 22.3%.
The S&P 500 had an average annual rate of return of 10.6% over the last 30 years. By investing in themselves, North Carolina Community College students beat the stock market 2:1.
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Find full Economic Impact Study (EIS) reports for every North Carolina Community College below, along with Program-Specific Economic Studies (PSEIS)
This report was developed from a working group of community partners formed to collaborate with Emsi Burning Glass to produce an Economic Impact Study (EIS) and five Program-Specific Economic Impact Studies (PSEIS) for each of the 58 community colleges and the combined system with support from the North Carolina General Assembly.
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