MISSION ::The School Connectivity Program is the culmination of several years of vision surrounding the 21st century classroom, and developing a North Carolina workforce poised to meet the challenge of a global economy. The North Carolina Department of Public Education is proud to be the sponsor of this collaborative effort. Through a partnership between MCNC, Friday Institute, ITS and DPI the North Carolina Research Education Network (NCREN) has been extended to the K-12 community of schools. All districts in North Carolina now have a high speed direct connection to this robust education networking infrastructure. Recurring funding has been allocated from the General Assembly to support this effort. These funds shall be used for broadband access, equipment, and support services that create, improve, and sustain equity of access for instructional opportunities for public school students and educators.