About NC Tower

What does NC Tower do?

NC Tower provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages, and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from University of North Carolina system schools. Information in NC Tower can be viewed at an aggregate level (e.g., outcomes for all bachelor's degree earners in North Carolina, regardless of where they went to school or what they studied). It can also be broken out by broad subject areas (e.g., 2-digit Classification of Instructional Program code), specific subject areas (e.g., 6-digit Classification of Instructional Program code), and campus. Employment and wage information can also be broken out by the industrial sector of the student's employment, while data on further enrollment in higher education can be broken out by level of study. Please refer to the Data Search pages and Output pages for additional details on how to interact with the data in NC Tower.

Who can benefit from NC Tower?

NC Tower is intended to provide useful information to anyone with a stake in understanding the outcomes of North Carolina's public higher education programs. This includes:

  • Students and parents looking at college options
  • College and university staff evaluating their programs
  • Legislators setting workforce development and education policy
  • Economic developers looking at how local schools impact the workforce

Who created NC Tower?

NC Tower is the result of collaboration between the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Labor and Economic Analysis Division (which maintains the Common Follow-up System), the North Carolina Community College System, the University of North Carolina General Administration, and the North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services. The analysis of data and development of the site was carried out by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division with significant input from the Community College System, UNC, and ITS.

How was NC Tower funded?

Funding for NC Tower came from state funds designated for the operation of the North Carolina Common Follow-up System, as well as a Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grant that was awarded to the North Carolina Department of Commerce by the U.S. Department of Labor. Additional information from the U.S. Department of Labor is included below.

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.