Spotlight On: myFutureNC (Updated for 2021)

Throughout the 2020 edition of Facts & Figures, the myFutureNC icon indicates key education performance measures directly tied to North Carolina’s education-to-workforce continuum and the state goal of increasing educational attainment to 2 million by 2030. For more information visit:

In 2017, North Carolina was just one of nine states that had not yet set a goal for educational attainment. The myFutureNC Commission was formed to develop a vision for attainment across North Carolina, from early childhood through postsecondary education. In 2019, the myFutureNC Commission announced a new statewide goal to help build a cross-sector, coordinated approach that tackles systemic challenges and barriers across the education continuum:



On the current trajectory, myFutureNC estimates that North Carolina will fall short of individuals with the skills needed to fill our state’s projected 2030 jobs needs by at least 400,000 people.

Increasing educational attainment will help North Carolina attract and retain businesses, while improving the livelihood of individuals and families across the state. Higher education is associated with higher earnings: