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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

For more than 50 years students have passed through the doors of Wayne Community College seeking associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, improved workplace skills and lifelong learning. Many of our degree students transfer to four-year institutions while others seek employment. WCC offers more than 100 degree, diploma, certificate and continuing education programs. Wayne Community College provides access to high-quality education at affordable tuition rates and produces the backbone of the local workforce. Whether enabling the dreams of individuals, or responding quickly to the training needs of local business and industry, WCC is a catalyst for economic development, social equity, and personal enrichment. Wayne Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. For more information contact

University of Mount Olive

The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is one of the most unique private educational institutions in North Carolina.  Whether a student is getting ready to graduate from high school, wanting to transfer to a new college setting, or is a working adult with little time to earn a degree, the University of Mount Olive provides students with affordable programs to fit their individual needs in a time and setting convenient for any lifestyle. UMO offers various locations throughout eastern North Carolina with two locations in Wayne County including Mount Olive and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.  In addition to seated programs during the day and evening, UMO also offers associate, bachelor, and master degree programs online. For more information about the University of Mount Olive, visit