As part of the Comprehensive Center Network, North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) serves Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming; providing technical assistance and capacity building supports to these state education agencies (SEAs). Serving these North Central states poses both great opportunities, as well as unique challenges. Driving through the states you witness nature’s bounty in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, the badlands of South Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, and the vast farms and ranches of Nebraska. According to the U.S. Census (2010), these four states have among the lowest populations in the country, yet, are geographically among the largest. Most communities are rural and remote, with student populations ranging from 11 students up to 45,613 students. This region also includes sixteen American Indian reservations. Operated by McREL International, the NCCC proudly supports these SEAs with implementing their state level initiatives by providing high quality technical assistance, building collaborative relationships, supporting SEAs to make systemic changes, and disseminating research-based practices to build state and local capacity.
North Central Comprehensive Center staff members are knowledgeable educators and researchers whose experience and expertise combines to meet the unique challenges faced by rural schools and districts in the NCCC region – Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
The North Central Comprehensive Center partners with the state departments of education to:
 • Provide high-quality technical assistance
 • Build collaborative relationships
 • Support state and local educational agencies in making systemic changes
 • Disseminate research-based practices to build local and state capacity
The NCCC is a federally funded Comprehensive Center, all of our work with state education agencies is conducted free of charge for services or related travel.
NCCC provides training and technical assistance to accomplish two main goals:



Build Capacity

Build each state’s capacity to implement and administer programs of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and help districts and schools achieve the goals of the law.



Improve Access

Improve each state's access to resources, information, and services that help districts (especially low-performing districts) improve student learning, close achievement gaps, and sustain school improvement.
The U.S. Department of Education selected McREL International as the lead agency to operate the North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC). McREL International is a private, nonprofit education research and development corporation that has turned knowledge about what works in education into practical guidance for educators since 1966.

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