North Carolina is home to the 3rd largest military population in the US, including more than 59,000 school age children of active duty military, Guard and Reserve. North Carolina appreciates its military connection and strives to provide support systems to meet the unique needs of military families. In the realm of education, NC has the following in place to assist military families:
- Military Liaison Counselors - NC created these positions to focus on the unique needs of military students in the educational setting. Military Liaison Counselors offer training to school system staff and provide direct support to military connected children in four North Carolina school systems where military installations are located: Craven, Cumberland, Onslow and Wayne.
- Installation School Liaison Officers - Each military installation provides support to the K-12 students in and around their installation (catchment area) by employing at least one School Liaison Officer (some have more!).
- Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children - As the 11th state to sign the compact (46 member states as of 4/8/14), North Carolina works to resolve education transition issues for military children in four key problem areas: eligibility, graduation, enrollment and placement.
- Reach MCNC - Reach Every Military Child in North Carolina is a joint effort of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the military installation School Liaison Officers. If you are a military family and have questions about K-12 education, you may contact the School Liaison Officer mapped to your region, regardless of your branch or installation affiliation.
- CFNC Military/Military Dependent - The College Foundation of North Carolina website provides information to help you enhance your career, explore college options, and research education benefits available to you. Tools are available to assist with the following:
- Education for current and former military personnel and dependents
- Department of Veterans Affairs' education benefits
- Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, often called the Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Military education programs available at community colleges and schools of the UNC system
- Electronic submission of your military transcript.
- NC DPI Military Liaison - Troops to Teachers Program Coordinator is designated as the Military Liaison at the NC Department of Public Instruction. As such, he coordinates the North Carolina Interstate Compact Council to address military student needs at the state level. He works in partnership with local school districts and military installations to ensure military friendly processes and procedures.
You may contact our NC state military liaison Doug Taggart if you feel you've exhausted local resources above or are not certain where to take your question: 919.807.3346.