Fayetteville State University has received $1.2 million in federal funding over the next three years to continue its 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a college spokesman said.

The learning centers help seventh- through 12th-graders at Douglas Byrd middle and high schools, the college said. They provide out-of-school instruction in areas including math, English and science to help with the transition from middle to high school and on into college.

“It is our vision to expand the learning environment for middle and high school students by partnering with Cumberland County Schools to enhance academic and social emotional skills of local middle and high school students through expanded learning," said Teresa Thompson-Pickney, FSU executive director of the office of college access and success programs. "The 21st Century Community Learning Centers serve as one of many support pathways ... to ensure that students come out at the end with the skills they need to be productive citizens and lifelong learners.”

— Rodger Mullen