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Public Consulting Group Employee Appointed to North Carolina Education and Workforce Innovation Commission

20. September 2019 Public Consulting Group Education

Boston, MA. September 20, 2019 – Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG), a leading provider of solutions implementation and operations improvement services to the public sector, today announced that Rick Purcell, associate manager in PCG’s Education practice, has been appointed to the North Carolina Education and Workforce Innovation Commission, for a three-year term beginning September 1, 2019.

Established in 2013, the Commission is comprised of 14 members and charged with developing and administering two grant programs:

  • The Education and Workforce Innovation Program, a $2 million annual fund to support schools, districts, and regions undertaking innovative projects that would lead to more students graduating career and college ready. Goals of the Program are to align public schools with business and industry and colleges/universities; provide greater choice for parents/guardians among high-quality public education options; enhance teacher and principal effectiveness; ensure all students possess job-ready skills; and leverage technology to accelerate student and teacher learning.

  • The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Grade Expansion Program, a fund established to expand CTE programs for students in sixth and seventh grade through grant awards provided to selected local school administrative units for up to seven years. Funds appropriated for the Program shall be allocated to selected local school administrative units as competitive grants of (i) up to $700,000 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and (ii) to the extent funds are available, up to $1 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years.

Purcell is one of three new members with experience in businesses operating in North Carolina who were appointed to the Commission upon a recommendation from the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“At PCG, we are committed to helping schools, school districts, and state education agencies strengthen their performance, streamline their operations, and improve their programs and instruction—so that all students have what they need to succeed,” said Grant Blair, Director of PCG’s Education practice. “We congratulate Rick for his efforts to extend that commitment through his new appointment. His expertise in understanding the needs of educators and students will be a valuable asset to the Commission.”

Purcell joined PCG after the firm’s acquisition of eWorker Technologies in November 2001. In his three decades of experience in the information technology industry, he has developed cost-saving technologies and innovative services for schools, districts, educational cooperatives, and state departments of education. He is currently engaged in marketing, product development, implementation, and customer satisfaction efforts.

“This appointment is a true honor and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the North Carolina community,” said Purcell. “I look forward to working with other members of the Commission to inspire students of all races and genders to choose Career Pathways that meet the future job needs of our great state.”

For more information about the North Caroline Education and Workforce Innovation Commission, visit

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