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Wayne County Education

Our local and regional institutions pride themselves on preparing workers who are job-ready.
From a strong public school system to higher education and ongoing professional training, Wayne County is committed to providing quality education for our residents and businesses.

Public Education

One of the largest school districts in Eastern North Carolina, Wayne County Public Schools serves over 19,300 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.  The district is firmly committed to education that breeds advancement, exemplified through the inclusion of STEM educational models in classrooms across the county and the opening of Wayne School of Engineering as a think tank for hands-on learning.

STEM Education

STEM Education is a modern approach to middle grades and prep school curriculum that focuses on the real-world application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines. The program, which is underway in Wayne County’s Public School system, seeks to bridge the gap between the skills many prep students have when they complete high school and the skills needed to evoke innovation in our workforce and higher education systems. This is accomplished through direct communication, collaboration and partnerships among STEM educators in the classroom, local businesses, existing industry and secondary education institutions. Wayne County boasts STEM labs in all of its middle schools.

Higher Education 

Wayne Community College

Founded in 1957, Wayne Community College plays a significant role in workforce development through the WORKS Initiative and Customized Training solutions. Students can earn two-year degrees in a variety of disciplines as well as 4-year degrees in select studies. The school offers over 70 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, in addition to customized training for specialized job opportunities.

University of Mount Olive

Founded in Mount Olive, NC in 1953, the private, four-year Baptist College offers SACS accredited degrees in a multitude of disciplines.  Besides the main campus in Mount Olive (Wayne County), the school has operated a satellite campus in Goldsboro at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base since 1975 to provide military and civilian students with a convenient learning location. The school also operates six other satellite campuses outside the county and offers a comprehensive agriculture program, as well as online degrees, including MBA.