Currently, the North Carolina Migrant Education Program (NCMEP) administers 30 LEA-based programs in 29 counties. In addition, we serve students in non-program counties through the efforts of five Regional Recruiters, collaborations with USDA Cooperative Extension, and sponsorship of summer college internships.

The programs serve children and youth who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Age 3-21;
  • Have not yet received a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • Have moved into a school district within the last 36 months;
  • Whose parents, guardians, spouses, or selves have moved due to economic necessity and have worked in agricultural production or fishing within the last 36 months.

After potential students are located, they are interviewed by a program recruiter, who will complete a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), the document that establishes a student's eligibility for services.

Students who have moved during the school year and who are most at risk for not meeting state standards are given priority for services. The staff at the state level collaborate with locally-based programs to conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment and design programs to fit students' needs.

To see highlights of our locally-based programs, click here: Highlights


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Please email your contact information to Richard Trantham: Richard.trantham@dpi.nc.gov