Public broadcasting in North Carolina touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 13 public television and 25 public radio stations play a vital role in North Carolina education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in North Carolina:
- Provided on-air and online programs in a distance learning partnership between UNC-TV and the North Carolina Community College System that helped residents obtain GEDs and benefit from programs in English for speakers of other languages.
- Offers GED Connection, an innovative multimedia approach to adult education designed to help more adults complete their secondary education in the comfort of their homes and at their own pace.
- Hosted six WFAE community forums, Public Conversations, on a variety of topics, including Southern cooking, Charlotte’s evolving job market, religion in public life, taming social media and Charlotte’s energy economy.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- North Carolina’s WWII Experience,a documentary focused on North Carolinians—those who fought overseas and those who supported the fight for liberty on the home front.
- City of Canvas, The Story of Camp Greene, which tells the story of a military base that affected Charlotte’s economy and national standing.
- Made UNC-TV the beta research site for the PBS Digital Learning Library, allowing 31 teachers in grades 6-12 primarily teaching STEM content to participate.
- Offers public radio internships and professional networking opportunities for students. It provides supplemental classroom training where students learn how to produce the news and public service announcements.
- Provides free professional development training to middle and high school math teachers to help engage students in real-world applications of algebraic concepts.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships.
- Regularly airs reports on health issues of particular concern to the minorities in the region.
- Partners with the Brevard Music Center for a series of live and recorded broadcasts from the Brevard Music Festival.
- Makes WSHA a community resource with regular jazz jam sessions, important health information and free professional training in radio broadcasting to people who are interested in career advancement.