Education and Research

Education Attainment Overview

 Carteret CountyNorth CarolinaUnited States
Graduate or Professional9.7%9.9%11.2%
Bachelor15.7%18.4%18.5%
Some College, no degree25.4%21.8%21.1%
Associates11.0%9.0%8.1%
High School Graduates27.7%26.7%27.8%
Per Capita Income$28,991$46,566$55,978

Source: Factfinder.census.gov (for Population 25 years and ove.)

Public Schools

Carteret County Public School System

Carteret County EducationThe Carteret County Public School System continues to score among the best in the state in achievement.

Of the 2,512 traditional public schools in North Carolina, 3.4% earned an A+ grade, 3.5% earned an A, 25.8% earned a B, 44.1% earned a C, 19.1% earned a D and 4.1% earned a F.  All of the schools in the Carteret County Public School System earned an A+, B or C.

Carteret County Public School System’s 2016 high school seniors earned an average score of 1,588 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) . The state’s average was 1,485 and the national average was 1,453. Of the 350+ traditional public high schools in the state, Carteret County’s three high schools ranked in the top 25 for academic growth and ranked in the top 40 for overall achievement.

CategoryReadingMathWritingTotal
Croatan High552 5485071627
East Carteret High492 5234621477
West Carteret High539547 506 1592
County Average 5375445071588
State Average 502508 4751485
National Average4874944721453

Source: NC Public Schools

Community College

Carteret Community College

Carteret County Education

Carteret Community College was founded in 1963 and continues to help students improve their lives through university transfer opportunities, career and technical skills training, continuing educations, basic skills, and life enrichment.

Located in Morehead City, N.C., the college lies on the shores of the beautiful Bogue Sound — part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The student body consists of approximately 1,500 curriculum students and 4,300 continuing education students, reflecting a rich diversity of age, income, ethnicity and educational background. Nearly 100 students are dual enrolled high school students, who are taking college courses tuition free while earning both college and high school credit. The college is part of North Carolina’s Community College System that includes 58 community colleges across the state. Carteret Community College is a fully accredited community college with a comprehensive transfer agreement with the four-year institutions of the University of North Carolina System. The college also offers one and two-year career and technical programs leading straight to employment. The Corporate and Community Education division has a wide-variety of comprehensive workforce development training for businesses and industry, as well as Basic Skills training including High School Equivalency, and Life Enrichment courses. With more than 100 courses to choose from, students can pursue programs leading to a certificate, diploma or associate degree. The areas of study include: University Transfer (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts); Health Sciences (Associate Degree Nursing, Emergency Medical Science, Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy); Spa Services (Cosmetology, Therapeutic Massage, Esthetics Technology); Marine Trades (Aquaculture Technology, Boat Manufacture and Service, Marine Propulsion Systems); Photography (Photographic Technology);Law (Basic Law Enforcement Training, Criminal Justice Technology, Paralegal Technology); Computers (Computer Information Technology, Web Technologies); Hospitality (Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Food Service Technology, Hospitality Management); Office/Business (Business Administration, Medical Office Administration, Office Administration, Healthcare Business Informatics); and Education (Early Childhood Education).

The University Transfer curriculum is one of the most popular programs and enables students to obtain an associate in arts, associate in fine arts, or associate in science degree and transfer to a four-year institution. Additionally, the college offers a variety of Corporate and Community Education courses that provide general education opportunities for upgrading job skills, gaining certification, and satisfying personal interests. These courses are held on a continual basis, and include: several pre-licensing courses, computer applications, desktop publishing, First Aid/CPR, emergency medical technician certification, and a variety of Basic Skills courses. Accredited by the Southern Association Colleges and Schools since 1974, the college has 158 full-time and approximately 300 part-time employees, who provide quality education, training and support. Many courses are offered online via the Internet allowing students additional flexibility in scheduling.

As a central part of the community, the college works closely with the Carteret Economic Development Council and numerous other community associations and agencies such as the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Authority to encourage economic growth in the area. The college’s programs, like Boat Manufacture and Service, Baking and Pastry, and Hospitality Management, are a reflection of the unique employment needs of Carteret’s coastal and tourism industry.

Since 1963 Carteret Community College has helped students improve their lives through university transfer opportunities, career and technical skills training, continuing educations, basic skills, and life enrichment.

About 1,900 curriculum students and 4,500 continuing education students learn from the shores of the beautiful Bogue Sound in Morehead City North Carolina. They reflect a rich diversity of age, income, ethnicity and educational background. Nearly 100 students are dual enrolled high school students, who are taking college courses tuition free while earning both college and high school credit.

The college is part of North Carolina’s Community College System that includes 58 community colleges across the state. Carteret Community College is a fully accredited community college with a comprehensive transfer agreement with the four-year institutions of the University of North Carolina System.

The college also offers one and two-year career and technical programs leading straight to employment. The Corporate and Community Education division has a wide-variety of comprehensive workforce development training for businesses and industry, as well as Basic Skills training including High School Equivalency, and Life Enrichment courses. With more than 100 courses to choose from, students can pursue programs leading to a certificate, diploma or associate degree.

Areas of study include:

  • University Transfer (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts)

  • Health Sciences (Associate Degree Nursing, Emergency Medical Science, Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy)

  • Spa Services (Cosmetology, Therapeutic Massage, Esthetics Technology)

  • Marine Trades (Aquaculture Technology, Boat Manufacture and Service, Marine Propulsion Systems

  • Photography (Photographic Technology)

  • Law (Basic Law Enforcement Training, Criminal Justice Technology, Paralegal Technology)

  • Computers (Computer Information Technology, Web Technologies)

  • Hospitality (Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Food Service Technology, Hospitality Management)

  • Office/Business (Business Administration, Medical Office Administration, Office Administration, Healthcare Business Informatics)

  • Education (Early Childhood Education)

The University Transfer curriculum is one of the most popular programs and helps students obtain an associate in arts, associate in fine arts, or associate in science degree and transfer to a four-year institution. Additionally, the college offers a variety of Corporate and Community Education courses that provide general education opportunities for upgrading job skills, gaining certification, and satisfying personal interests.

These courses are held on a continual basis, and include:

  • Pre-licensing Courses

  • Computer Applications

  • Desktop Publishing

  • First Aid/CPR

  • Emergency Medical Technician Certification

  • Basic Skills Courses

Accredited by the Southern Association Colleges and Schools since 1974, the college has 158 full-time and approximately 300 part-time employees, who provide quality education, training and support. Many courses are offered online allowing students additional flexibility in scheduling.

As a central part of the community, the college works closely with the Carteret Economic Development Council and numerous other community associations and agencies such as the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Authority to encourage economic growth in the area. The college’s programs, like Boat Manufacture and Service, Baking and Pastry, and Hospitality Management, are a reflection of the unique employment needs of Carteret’s coastal and tourism industry.

NC Marine Training & Education Center

Carteret County EducationNC Marine Training and Education Center (NCMARTEC)

Operated by Carteret Community College, NCMARTEC is the only comprehensive marine technology training center in the Mid-Atlantic Region offering training programs for marine propulsion, boat manufacturing, fiberglass technology, marine management and other related subjects.

Universities

Marine science education in Carteret County is anchored by the North Carolina State University Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST), the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences (UNC/IMS) and the Duke University Marine Lab.

 NCSU CMASTUNC/IMSDuke Marine Lab
Faculty61120
Staff144031
Undergraduate Students 530138
Graduate Students92060
Post Doctoral156

Duke University Marine Laboratory

Duke University Marine LaboratoryCarteret County Education is an internationally renowned research and education facility located on Pivers Island near Beaufort. As part of the Nicholas School of Environment the university offers undergraduate, professional masters, and doctoral programs. The resident faculty represents the fields of biology, ecology, biochemistry, oceanography, coastal environmental management, and marine affairs and policy. The Duke Marine Lab is home to the 50’ research vessel SUSAN HUDSON, in addition to a fleet of smaller boats for research and education.

The Duke residential facility features dorms, dining hall, and recreation facilities.

NC State University Center for Marine Science & Technology

North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST)Carteret County Education discovers innovative solutions with marine systems and provides effective communication by promotion of multidisciplinary studies among research scientists, educators and extension specialists and enhancing interaction within other educational institutions and agencies concerned with marine sciences and coastal natural resources.

University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science

University of North Carolina Institute of Marine SciencesCarteret County Education is an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary teaching and research laboratory with primary emphasis in the nature, use, development, protection and enhancement of marine resources and the coastal environment. The Institute houses approximately 70,000 sq. ft. of newly constructed or renovated facilities on the shore of Bogue Sound.

 

Research

The three University Marine Labs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center anchor the marine science cluster in Carteret County for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research.

NOAA National Ocean Service Center for Coastal Fisheries & Habitat Research

Carteret County Education

The NOAA National Ocean Service – Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research conducts ecological research on injured coastal habitats, harmful alga blooms, and living marine resources at sites throughout the Nation based in facilities located in both North Carolina and Alaska. The Center supports NOAA’s missions for sustaining healthy coasts, coastal and fishery management. The Center maintains facilities for laboratory and field research, including running seawater systems, SCUBA, and vessel operations.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Wather Forcast Office

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Forecast OfficeNational Weather Service - Carteret Economic Development is located in Newport, this weather forecast office offers state-of-the-art weather tracking and forecasting. Part of the National Weather Service, this facility includes a Doppler weather radar system with advanced weather detection capabilities.

NC Sea Grant Extension Program

NC Sea Grant Extension ProgramSea Grant - Carteret Economic Development promotes the wise use of our coastal and marine resources through research, extension and education. Sea Grant operates a marine extension office at the N.C. State Center of Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) and is staffed with specialists in fisheries, marine business, seafood technology and water quality. Sea Grant also administers the Fishery Resource Grant Program and the Blue Crab Research Program for the state legislature.

NC State University Seafood Laboratory

NCSU Seafood Labratory - Carteret Economic DevelopmentNC State University Seafood Laboratory was established in 1970 and is a unit of the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University. Lab personnel conduct applied research and provide training programs, laboratory testing, process validations and HACCP system consultation. The Seafood Lab is located in the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology at Morehead City, NC.

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