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Pre-College Programs

What is University Connections?

University Connections is a partnership between NC State and Olds Elementary School (located on Dixie Trail, in the nearby University Park neighborhood) that allows NC State faculty, staff, and students to make a difference in the lives of future generations.

NC State and Olds Elementary work collaboratively to create a unique program of study involving exciting learning units, hands-on demonstrations, research projects, field trips and tours, one-on-one mentoring and support, and real world experiences. This partnership allows elementary school students to interact with college students and faculty as they explore options for future academic pursuits and/or career plans.

How can you get involved?

Are you ready to get involved … share your expertise … make a difference?
You can – through the NC State & Olds Elementary University Connections!
This partnership gives faculty, staff, and students opportunities to have a significant impact on the generation that is preparing itself for tomorrow’s challenges. The success of the University Connections program depends on the commitment of the NC State community.

Opportunities include:

  • Collaborating with elementary school teachers to develop and implement University Connections Learning Units
  • Customizing activities and hands-on learning experiences in your area of expertise – for all grade levels
  • Inviting Olds Elementary students to tour NCSU laboratories and attend special events on campus
  • Coaching elementary school students in creative projects in your subject area
  • Serving as an academic tutor and/or mentor for elementary school students
  • Researching student learning outcomes and other areas of interest
  • Developing grant proposals for joint projects

Your participation in University Connections will be recognized as part of your service commitment or outreach efforts, or it can count towards volunteer hours. The commitment is flexible and will work within your schedule!

To join the University Connections program, contact:

Mr. Chris Liles, University Connections Teacher Liaison
Fred Olds University Connections Magnet Elementary School