Community Investments & Resources
New Hanover County is making several investments in the community to provide equitable resources for residents, increase stability for families, and give children and adults strong foundations to thrive. In addition to Port City United, other community initiatives are underway or upcoming, and those are outlined in the tabs below. This is a multi-year plan that will continue to evolve as the community needs change. The overarching goal is to connect individuals and families with the resources they need, build trusted relationships throughout the community, and show true care to every person.
Connected to Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship Program (CTE³)
Overseen by Port City United, the Connected to Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship Program (CTE³) works with adults to help them register for and complete trades and training programs, while also providing support that will eliminate barriers to completing these programs, such as childcare, tuition and other assistance.
Throughout the academic training process, PCU Connect Specialists will provide:
- Individualized case management
- Help finding scholarships and financial aid if needed
- Help selecting education or training programs
- Connection to other resources as identified
Participants in the program must live near Impact Zone-identified schools in the county.The seven Impact Zone schools identified are:
- International School at Gregory
- Snipes Academy of Art and Design
- Forest Hills Global Elementary
- Rachel Freeman School of Engineering
- D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy
- Williston Middle School
- New Hanover High School
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in learning more about the CTE³ Program, call the PCU Connect Center at 910-798-4444.
- Expand the county-funded Pre-K program with six additional Pre-K classes within New Hanover County Schools, starting in the 2022-2023 school year. This will provide 90 more children each year with the opportunity to begin their educational journeys sooner, setting them up for life-long success academically, socially, and emotionally. This funding is in addition to the six Pre-K classes already funded by the county, for a total of 12 classes.
- In addition to the county’s ongoing non-county agency funding commitment as part of the yearly budget, an additional $1.2 million will be allocated to nonprofits that have evidence-based programs to help combat violence and provide wrap-around services to individuals and families. The funding is intended for capacity building so the nonprofits can increase their services in the community and will begin in Fiscal Year 2023. Additional information will be shared about the nonprofits selected as the application review process is finalized.
- Add four new school resource officers (SRO) in downtown elementary schools that do not already have a dedicated SRO, including Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, Forest Hills Global Elementary, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, and International School at Gregory.
- Provide threat assessment training to all school resource and parks resource officers for increased awareness and response to a variety of school violence threats.
- Increase the capacity of the Sheriff’s Office evidence-based Elements program to alleviate the current waitlist for children in need of the service and allow for additional children to be served.