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Enrichment for Grades 6-12
Assistance for Pre-K - 12 Teachers
Economic Development and Business Services
University Entry Assistance
Fine Arts and Performing Groups
Speakers Bureau
Academic and Career Services
Pre-school
Scholarship and Honors Programs
Recreational Opportunities
Fort Bragg Campus
Community Service Guide

 

Admissions
Purpose:The mission of the Admissions Office is to shape a class with students who will flourish at Fayetteville State University. The shaping and building of the class requires that we clearly articulate the diverse academic opportunities available and why each student’s “Future is our Focus.”

Contact: Office of Admissions
Lilly Building
(910) 672-1371 or (800) 222-2594 

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Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning

Purpose: The Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, formerly the Institute for Community Justice, was established in 2007 to foster community-university-government partnerships to improve the quality of life and the quality of justice in neighborhoods hard hit by high levels of poverty, crime, arrest, incarceration and reentry. 

The goals of the Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning are to:

  • Engage FSU faculty, staff, and students in research and service designed to help build the capacity of hard hit communities to solve the problems that they face, not only regarding crime and justice, but also in related areas of employment, health, housing, and education.
  • Bring government agencies together with community builders, advocates, service providers, and other resident leaders to collaboratively solve community problems.

Contact: The Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning
1047 Murchison Road, Ste. 100 (Bronco Square)
(910) 672-2460

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Center for Economic Education
Purpose: The Center for Economic Education is a non-profit and non-partisan institutional entity committed to promoting and imparting economic education in Southeastern North Carolina. The center seeks to identify economic education needs in area public schools; to conduct productive programs to fill these needs; and to provide appropriate leadership, consultation services, and economic education resource materials to public school teachers.

Programs: The Center sponsors the annual Stock Market Game, and is designated by the Securities Industry Association as the sole North Carolina affiliate. The Stock Market Game teaches public school and college student participants more about our free enterprise system. A Business Venture Program is provided for middle grades students every summer. The Center also offers on- and off-campus teacher training activities for in-service and prospective teachers, ranging from those who work with students in self-contained classrooms to those responsible for single subjects.

Public school students served annually: 6,227
Public school teachers served annually: 300

Contact: Center for Economic Education
School of Business and Economics
(910) 672-1618

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CHEER Program (Creating Higher Expectations for Educational Readiness)
Purpose: The CHEER program is a summer academic enrichment program for students admitted to Fayetteville State University for the subsequent fall semester. The program enables students to strengthen their mathematics, reading, writing, computer skills, and study skills to help ensure that they are prepared fully for university level studies.

Programs: Sponsored jointly by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Support Services, the CHEER program includes regular classroom instruction, workshops, seminars, tutoring, and trips to locations of cultural/educational interests.

Students served annually: 20 in 2003
100 in 2004
Contact: Office of Enrollment Management
910-672-1606

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Chesnutt Library
Purpose: The Charles Waddell Chesnutt Library is the central research facility for FSU and the surrounding community. Named for Charles Waddell Chesnutt, third president of the institution and the first successful African-American novelist, the library is a four-level contemporary building with a capacity for 500,000 volumes and over one million items of microform. Current holdings are in excess of 192,000 volumes; 20,700 reels of microfilm; 631,000 pieces of microfiche; 2,769 periodicals; and 56 newspapers. It is also a selective depository for state and federal documents.

Programs: The Chesnutt Library meets the informational needs of the university community by offering a variety of services and special features. These include electronic ordering in the acquisitions area; on-line cataloging and circulation system; remote access to on-line public access catalog; access to Internet; local area network for CD-Roms; fax machine; computerized information retrieval; audio-visual production; microform reading and copying facilities; computer terminals; microcomputers for users; media listening, viewing, and videotaping capabilities; and small, medium, and large group-study rooms, seminar rooms, and the J. C. Jones Boardroom. There are displays and exhibits throughout the building. The library also has an Archives and Special Collections area. These materials are available to scholars and researchers from the university and the community.
Note: Members of the public may gain access to Chesnutt Library services by joining the "Friends of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library.

Contact: Director
Charles W. Chesnutt Library
(910) 672-1232

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Curriculum Learning Resource Laboratory
Program: Located in the Charles W. Chesnutt Library, the Curriculum Learning Resource Laboratory is designed to provide educational resources and equipment for pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as FSU faculty. The collections include 11,500 items including state-adopted textbooks, kits, films, transparencies, North Carolina state competencies, and audio-visual aids.

Public school teachers served annually: 2,000

Contact: Curriculum Learning Resource Laboratory
Charles W. Chesnutt Library
(910) 672-1391

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Distance Learning Center
Purpose: The Distance Learning Center provides opportunities to faculty, staff, students, and community to participate in interactive classes and teleconferences via the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH) and the North Carolina Research Educational Network (NC-REN). Located in the Telecommunications Center on campus, the Distance Learning Center offers convenient and cost-effective interactive access to a broad range of quality educational programming.

Programs: University and community organizations can acquire complete telecourses, short courses, audio-visual resources, training programs, and live teleconferences. These programs can be used in a variety of ways to increase distance learning opportunities, enrich classroom instruction, update faculty and administrators, expand community service, and enhance professional and career education. Services are open to the public and to area businesses and organizations.

Contact: Distance Learning Center
Telecommunications Center
(910) 672-1886

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Early Childhood Learning Center
Purpose: The Fayetteville State University Early Childhood Learning Center, which serves children from three years through five years of age, is under the direction of the School of Education. It was established in 1970 to provide early childhood education majors an opportunity to become familiar with young children and their characteristics, and to enable the translation of theoretical concepts into practical application. The Early Childhood Learning Center also provides a learning environment that will help young children develop to their maximum potential physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Program: The Early Childhood Learning Center serves the university and the community through its acceptance of children of either sex, children from any ethnic or religious orientation, and children with mildly handicapping physical and mental conditions. The Cumberland County Department of Social Service Day Care unit refers as many of its applicants as space permits. The Developmental Evaluation Center refers children to the Center on an individual basis.

Number of children enrolled annually: 75

Contact: Early Childhood Learning Center
Mitchell Pre-School Building
(910) 672-1281

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Educational Opportunity Centers Program
Purpose: The Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC) is one of numerous educational outreach programs established by Fayetteville State University to improve educational outcomes and the quality of life for citizens in the Cape Fear Region. FSU's EOC is one of seventy-four programs in the United States funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of increasing the availability of educational information and assistance to individuals who wish to continue their education beyond the high school level.

Program: Services are available free-of-charge to U.S. citizens without regard to race, creed, or sex. Services are provided to adults 19 years of age and older who meet eligibility requirements. Professional academic advisors assist high school graduates, traditional and non-traditional students, and college dropouts to make career choices and set educational goals. Information concerning admissions requirements, financial aid, and assistance with the preparation of applications for post-secondary schools is provided. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the main office on campus or satellite offices in Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson, and Sampson Counties.

Individuals served annually: 1,500 in five counties

Contact: Educational Opportunities Center
224 Helen T. Chick Building
(910) 672-1171 or 1-800-572-3646

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Educational Talent Search
Purpose: Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of Educational Talent Search is to identify potential first-generation college students from low-income families and to provide them with academic support services. The goal is to encourage participants to complete secondary school and to enter higher education.

Program: Educational Talent Search serves 700 selected middle and high school students with year-round academic support services such as tutoring in mathematics, English, science, and other school subjects. Students receive counseling services, assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications, and assistance in preparing for college entrance exams. Participants are also exposed to various college campuses, cultural events, and other activities not usually available to low-income youth. Services are provided at no cost to students in Cumberland, Harnett, and Hoke Counties, in North Carolina.

Number of students served annually: 700

Contact: Educational Talent Search
109 Helen T. Chick Building
(910) 672-1126

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Fayetteville Business Center
The Fayetteville Business Center is a public/private partnership begun with seed money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that "incubates" small business and creates jobs in the surrounding community. Located on three acres at 2520 Murchison Road, the Fayetteville Business Center accommodates service and high tech industries. The Center also serves as a lab for FSU's School of Business and Economics students and faculty.

Contact: Mr. Floyd Shorter, Director
Fayetteville Business Center
2520 Murchison Road
(910) 222-8900

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Financial Aid
Purpose: To assist with the removal of the financial barriers which may inhibit the educational pursuits of those students who cannot afford the cost of a post-secondary education. To provide accurate information and assistance to students and parents concerning the application process, eligibility criteria and rights and responsibilities for funds administered by the Office. To maximize the utilization of institutionally administered funds. To ensure and enhance the public's positive experience with the Office and the University.

Contact: Office of Financial Aid
Lilly Building
(910) 672-1325

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Fine Arts Concert Series
Purpose: To broaden the cultural life of the community and learning opportunities in the musical and performing arts by bringing noted musical artists from the classical arena to campus for performances, lectures, master classes, workshops, and off-campus programs.

Programs: The Fine Arts Concert Series sponsors local visits and performances by five to six individual artists and/or chamber groups on an annual basis. Operas and concerts featuring local and university talent are also staged. Performances, workshops, and lectures by visiting artists are generally free-of-charge and open to the public.

Number served annually: 2,000

Contact: FSU Fine Arts Concert Series
Department of Performing and Fine Arts
215 Helen T. Chick Building
(910) 672-1571 or 672-1276

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FSU Concert Choir
Program: The university Concert Choir tours and performs extensively and participated in national competition in Las Vegas. Its repertoire covers a broad range of contemporary, classical, and historical music. The FSU Concert Choir is available for off-campus performances from late October through April. Transportation for the Choir for off-campus performances must be provided or reimbursed. Donations are accepted and appreciated. Performance requests must be received two to three months in advance of event.

Number of off-campus performances annually: 5
Number of on-campus performances annually: 10

Contact: FSU Concert Choir
(910) 672-1276

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FSU Gospel Choir
Program: The award-winning "United Voices of Praise" FSU Gospel Choir is a student organization numbering 50-80 students and musicians under the direction of Ms. Lawanda Carter. This group tours regularly and is available for off-campus performances from late September through November and from late January through April. Transportation for the Choir for off-campus performances must be provided or reimbursed. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Number of off-campus performances annually: 25
Number of on-campus performances annually: 10

To request a performance, please send a detailed written request two to three months in advance of your event to:

FSU Gospel Choir
c/o Student Center
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301-4298

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FSU Theatre Company
Program: Stages four plays a year featuring Speech & Theater students and talents from the local and campus communities. Auditions are held before each show in the fall and spring semesters and are open to everyone. Information about the shows and the auditions is posted on the Theatre Company's web site at http://www.uncfsu.edu/arts/theatre-season.

Number of on-campus performances annually: 12 to 16
Number served annually: 2,000

Contact: FSU Theatre Company
G.L. Butler Learning Center
(910) 672-1443

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Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base Center
Purpose: Fayetteville State University offers a program of higher education opportunities for the military members, their dependents, and eligible civilian members of the Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base communities.

Program: The center specifically affords the opportunity for students to begin, continue, or complete their college education in the following programs: Biology, Business Management & Administration, Elementary Education, English, History, Mathematics, Political Science & Government, Psychology, and Sociology. Five 9-week terms are offered per year.

Number of Students Served per Term: 300

Contact: Director of the Fort Bragg-Pope AFB Center
Box 70156
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 28307-5000
(910) 497-9111

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GEAR UP Program
Purpose: The goal of GEAR UP is to provide early college preparation and awareness services through comprehensive mentoring, tutoring, counseling, outreach, and other supportive services for students, educators and parents. The support services will enhance students’ academic skills, encourage educators to use more rigorous academic standards, and involve parents in the education of their children. The Program seeks to significantly increase the number of low-income students enrolling in and completing college.

Program: GEAR UP has partnered with local schools, Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle and E.E. Smith High, to help prepare students for college. GEAR UP provides services as an ongoing process that will enable students and families to learn and plan for college earlier. GEAR UP uses a systemic approach that involves students, families, K-12 schools, colleges, businesses and community-based groups. Services provided include: academic instruction and tutoring, mentoring, cultural activities and college tours, a Summer Residential Program at FSU, workshops for parents, and professional development workshops for the targeted schools’ administrators and teachers.

The GEAR UP Partnership is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and includes the following local entities: Fayetteville State University, Cumberland County School System, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Fort Bragg Military Installation.

Number of students served annually: 875

Contact: GEAR UP
109, Helen T. Chick Building
(910) 672-1034
http://www.uncfsu.edu/gearup

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Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex
Program: FSU's new $11 million Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building provides offices for the faculty, as well as classrooms and a 125-seat auditorium for students. The building contains a 3,500-seat basketball arena and also serves as a 4,500-seat auditorium/convocation center. Indoor facilities include handball/racquetball courts; weight rooms; aerobic conditioning room; large activity area, the equivalent of 2 regular-size basketball courts; olympic size indoor swimming pool; jobbing track; dance studio; gymnastics area; bowling alleys; locker and shower areas; and a sports medicine and first aid area. Outdoor activity areas include large, grassed areas for flag football; a 400-yard track; and four hard-surfaced tennis courts. The facility is open to school and youth groups on an arranged basis.

Contact: Manager, Bobby Henderson
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Building
(910) 672-1324

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Honor's Scholars Program
Purpose: The Chancellor's Scholars Program offers selected academically talented students who enroll at FSU with financial incentives to enable them to afford opportunities to be academically successfully and to make positive contributions to society through community service-learning activities. The Office of Public Education Outreach is the administrative center for Fayetteville State University's community service activities. Chancellor's Scholars receive scholarship monies donated by the private sector, as well as North Carolina Incentive Scholarships.

Program: In 2002-03, FSU Chancellor's Scholars performed up to 8 hours a week of community service throughout the academic year. Many Chancellor's Scholars are paired with children in public schools for mentoring and tutoring partnerships, and others choose to provide service to local health care and other nonprofit agencies in the community.

Number of service hours provided annually: 50,000 hours
Number of public schools served: 23 in 5 counties
Number of nonprofit agencies served: 10

Contact: Office of Public Education Outreach
Collins Building
(910) 672-1814

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Japan Center
Program: FSU's School of Business and Economics sponsors a Chapter of the North Carolina Japan Center. The objectives of FSU's Japan Center are to promote and develop research and teaching exchanges with Japan; to strengthen Japanese language and cultural studies at FSU and other institutions; to stimulate awareness of the increasing interdependence between the United States and Japan in economic, political, and cultural relations; to serve as a resource center, in cooperation with the North Carolina Japan Center, in facilitating increased economic interaction with Japan; to develop programs and materials for teaching about Japan and conduct in-service staff development programs for teachers; to encourage grants designed to link Japanese and American cultures; and to cooperate with the Japanese community and others in encouraging mutually beneficial cultural understanding.

Contact: Japan Center
School of Business & Economics
(910) 672-1736

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Lyceum Programs
Purpose: To provide students and the community with events and programs that broaden horizons and contribute to the cultural awareness and development of all citizens of Southeastern North Carolina. Special emphasis is placed on programs that reflect the diverse cultures represented in our region of the state.

Programs: The Lyceum Program offers local and national tours of plays, dance, and other performing arts groups in special performances three to four times a year. Two programs a year focus on the food, dance, music, crafts, and arts of specific cultures from our region are offered. With assistance from the Fayetteville Arts Council, the Lyceum Program has brought nationally renowned groups like the Alvin Ailey Repertory Dance Theater to campus. Programs are offered free-of-charge or at a minimum price to the campus community and the public at-large.

Number served annually: 2,500
Programs offered annually: 4 to 6

Contact: Lyceum Committee Chair
W. R. Collins Wing, E. E. Smith Administration Building
(910) 672-1276

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Mathematics and Science Education Center
Purpose: The Mathematics and Science Education Center (MSEC) provides in-service training and continuing education for public school teachers in the fields of technology, mathematics and science. Activities in mathematics, science (life, earth, physical sciences, Comfortable Approaches to Science), technology use, and mathematics and science methods are included. Academic credit and Continuing Education Units (CEU)/Teacher Renewal Credits (TRC) are available through semester courses, one-day workshops, one-week intensive training, seminars, and other formats to fit the needs of teachers and school systems.

Programs: MSEC's emphasis in recent years has been courses and workshops focused on family math, calculator and computer technology applications in mathematics, elementary hands-on science activities, earth and physical science, and other math and science strands designed to promote active learning. A Summer Mathematics and Science Institute for teachers is offered in mathematics; mathematics methods; life, earth, and physical sciences. Tuition waiver scholarships are available to participants in some center-supported programs. Scholarships range from partial to full tuition, depending upon program implementation costs. The MSEC also offers a Pre-college program for public school students, as well as Parents Involved for Excellence (PIE). A Math/Science Saturday Academy is offered during the academic year and a summer program is also available.

Number of K-12 students served annually: 475
Number of parents served annually: 185
Number of K-12 teachers served annually: 996

Contact: Mathematics and Science Education Center
School of Business & Economics Building
(910) 672-1669

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National Youth Sports Program
Purpose: Sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the goal of FSU's National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) is to expand opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth in sports instruction, competition, and physical fitness to help young people develop good health practices and good citizenship. The program also provides academic enrichment courses and exposure to career and educational opportunities.

Program: The five-week NYSP summer program is offered to economically disadvantaged youth ages 10-16, at no cost to participants. Meals, and in some cases, transportation are provided to eligible participants. Two widely publicized registration sessions are held prior to the start of the program each year.

Number of 10-16-year-olds served annually: 300

Contact: National Youth Sports Program
HPER Building
(910) 672-1324

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Office of School Services
Program: The Office of School Services is designed to aid the University in fulfilling its mission of service to public schools and the community at-large. The office coordinates, collaborates, and encourages public services by maintaining an inventory of all campus resources, disseminating to school districts information on campus resources and implementing requests for assistance from school districts. University faculty and staff are encouraged to provide technical assistance, research initiatives, and other professional activities to improve school performance and benefit community efforts.

Number of school programs annually: 361
Number of schools served annually: 276
Number served annually: 28,768

Contact: Office of School Services
250 G. L. Butler Learning Center
(910) 672-1375

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Planetarium and Observatory
Purpose: The goal of FSU's Planetarium is to motivate all who visit to look at and wonder about the sky. Programs stress that studying the night sky can be an enjoyable activity that requires no equipment. Programming centers around a basic set of sky phenomena with which audiences have familiarity, or around connections with historical events. FSU also maintains an observatory that is opened for use by arrangement.

Programs: Five programs geared to specific grade-level curricula are offered for children K-12 to school groups by arrangement. Programs for Boy and Girls Scout astronomy and space science badges are also offered by arrangement. When time permits, general programs in broad areas of space science and astronomy are offered to the public at-large.

Number of students served annually: 7,000
Number of teachers served annually: 300

Contact: FSU Planetarium
Lyons Science Building
(910) 672-1650 fax: (910) 672-1159

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Public Education Outreach Office
Purpose: The Office of Public Education Outreach coordinates the Honor's Scholars. FSU Honor's Scholar student tutors are matched with students in area schools and monitored throughout the academic year. Establishes partnerships with schools and health and social welfare agencies for the purpose of placing Honor's Scholars in meaningful service-learning positions.

Program: In 1996-97, the Office of Public Education Outreach placed and monitored 400 Chancellor's and Honor's Scholars for weekly community service activities in 23 schools and 67 nonprofit agencies in Cumberland and its contiguous five counties.

Number of service hours provided: 50,000
Number of schools served: 23
Number of agencies served: 10

Contact: Office of Public Education Outreach
W. R. Collins Wing, E. E. Smith Administration Complex
(910) 672-1814

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Public Radio WFSS 91.9 FM
Purpose: WFSS is a listener-supported public radio station owned and operated by FSU. The mission of the station is to serve as an integrated, functioning part of the ongoing service provided by the university to the people in the southeastern region of North Carolina. The primary purpose of WFSS is to provide a noncommercial educational, informational, and cultural broadcasting service for the people living within the station's 100,000 watt coverage area. The radio station also is a training laboratory for FSU students.

Programs: WFSS is a National Public Radio (NPR) news and program affiliate that offers diverse programming 18 hours a day. WFSS has a commitment to ascertain the needs and interests of the residents of the communities in the region served by the station. WFSS provides an opportunity for members of the community to become an integral part of this listener-supported station through a donation and membership in one of its five clubs: Special Friend Club, $500; Club 200, $200; Frequency Club, $91.90; Buck-A-Week Club, $52; or Basic Membership $36.50.

Service area: All or portions of 10 counties in Southeastern NC

Contact: Public Radio WFSS 91.9
Telecommunications Center
(910) 672-1381

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Rosenthal Art Gallery
Purpose: To contribute to the cultural and intellectual life of the citizens in Southeastern North Carolina through the presentation of exhibits, lectures, and workshops in the visual arts.

Programs: Three to four special touring exhibits are mounted each year with visits by the artists for gallery openings and special lectures. FSU senior art students are also exhibited in the spring. All programs are free and open to the public.

Number served annually: 500

Contact: Rosenthal Art Gallery
Department of Performing and Fine Arts
(910) 672-1571 or 672-1057

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Small Business and Technology Development Center
Purpose: Organized as an inter-institutional program of the University of North Carolina, operated in partnership with the SBA, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is the primary organization through which the State of North Carolina provides counseling and technical assistance to the business community. The SBTDC's mission is to support the growth and development of North Carolina's economy by encouraging entrepreneurship, assisting in the creation and expansion of small businesses, and facilitating technology development and transfer.

Program: The Cape Fear SBTDC's primary focus is in-depth, one-on-one, confidential counseling. Assistance is provided free-of-charge to the small business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs. As the only full-service counseling resource statewide, the SBTDC helps with the myriad of tasks facing a business owner including assessing the feasibility of a business idea, preparing a business plan, finding sources of capital loan package preparation, developing marketing strategies, and improving operations and human resource management.

Businesses served since 1984: 50,000

Contact: Cape Fear SBTDC
130 School of Business & Economics Bldg
(910) 672-1727

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Speakers Bureau / Experts Guide
Program: The Office of Public Relations maintains a Speakers Bureau of FSU faculty and staff available to regional schools, churches, and organizations for special programs and classroom presentations. Topics range from Motivational Talks to contemporary social issues and specific subject areas. A comprehensive FSU Speakers Bureau Guide was published in 1997 and distributed to regional schools, civic organizations, and other groups.

Contact: Office of Public Relations
Telecommunications Center
(910) 672-1474 or 672-1609

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Student Academic Services Center
Purpose: Provides career development, assessment, exploration and assistance for students looking for career opportunities. Employers are provided with a rich resource to find the skilled and educated workforce needed to stay competitive in the 21st century. Partnerships are maintained with Cumberland County Human Resources, City of Fayetteville, Ft. Bragg/Pope AFB, all local state and federal agencies, and employers such as NationsBank, Sprint, Wachovia, Nortel, IBM, Coca-Cola, Exxon, Corning, Sherman-Williams, Eveready, all regional colleges and universities, and more than 125 school districts around the country.

Programs: Serves over 2,000 FSU and Ft. Bragg/Pope AFB students annually with career services and experiential learning and internship opportunities. The latest in computer technology enables employers from around the world to interview students using real-time, interactive video teleconferencing facilities. Career fairs are held throughout the year that are open to citizens from around the region who seek career opportunities.

Student interns placed annually: 300
Number of employers served annually: 317
Number of career fairs sponsored annually: 11

Contact: Career Services Center
(910) 672-1205

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Student Support Services
Purpose: The goal of the Student Support Services Program is to provide structured academic support services to FSU students in order to enhance their academic skills, thereby improving significantly their retention and graduation rates. Students enrolled in the program will be prepared appropriately for the successful completion of post-secondary education and will be motivated to pursue graduate studies.

Program: The Program is funded by a Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to provide academic support assistance to students who are enrolled at FSU. Participants are offered academic advice; tutoring in math, the sciences, English and critical thinking; cultural activities; support workshops, such as test-taking and study skills, career decision-making and financial aid. Participants must meet the federal eligibility criteria and be enrolled at FSU. All services are offered at no cost to participants.

Number of students served annually: 200

Contact: Student Support Services
109, Helen T. Chick Building
(910) 672-1007
http://www.uncfsu.edu/sss

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University Testing Services
Purpose: The University Testing Services Center is responsible for the administration and management of the assessment and testing needs of the university and community. University Testing Services is a full-service testing center offering a variety of programs and services, including computerized adaptive placement testing (CPT's), computer-based interest and personality assessments, computerized test preparation for standardized tests such as the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, SAT, assistance with major/minor selection, test anxiety reduction strategies, and a comprehensive collection of assessment resources, including reference books and journals, learning and study skills, kits, audio and video presentations for test taking and study skills development.

Programs: Nationally administered test programs such as the SAT, GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS Series, LSAT, CLEP, DANTES, and MAT are administered through University Testing Services. The Center is a clearinghouse of information for testing and assessment resources.

Contact: University Testing Services
Collins Wing, E.E. Smith Administration Complex
(910) 672-1301

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Upward Bound Program
Purpose: The Upward Bound Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the Program is to provide participants with academic support services and activities that will enhance their academic skills, thereby ensuring that they will complete high school and enroll in and complete a program of post-secondary education.

Program: Upward Bound provides academic support services to high school students who meet the federal eligibility criteria. Services provided include: academic instruction and tutoring, cultural activities and college tours, a Summer Residential Program at FSU, a Summer Residential Bridge Program at FSU for recent Upward Bound high school graduates, and academic classes on Saturdays at FSU. The program is designed to serve seven high schools in Cumberland, Harnett and Hoke Counties, in North Carolina. The program currently serves 56 participants who have a desire to enroll in college after completing high school, and have a need for academic assistance while enrolled in high school.

Number of students served annually: 56

Contact: Upward Bound
109, Helen T. Chick Building
(910) 672-1126
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Veterans Affairs
Program: The FSU Veterans Affairs Office is approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the enrollment of persons eligible for education assistance benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For information about monetary benefits contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Winston-Salem, NC. For information about the available programs at this institution contact the Campus Veterans Assistant Specialist. (910) 672-1628

Contact: Veterans Affairs Office
W. R. Collins Wing, E. E. Smith Administration Complex
(910) 672-1628

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Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA)
Program: FSU Accounting students and professors volunteer their time to assist economically disadvantaged and the elderly to complete tax filings. Accounting students learn valuable real world lessons while aiding members of the community who would otherwise not be able to afford tax assistance.

Number of individuals served annually: 100

Contact: VITA Program
Rm. 321, School of Business and Economics Bldg.
(910) 672-1988

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