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Center to Help Students Transition to College

UNC Charlotte's College of Education received $12.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education to create a new technical assistance center to help students with disabilities transition to college or careers. The center will be a partnership among UNC Charlotte and the University of Oregon, Western Michigan University, University of Kansas and Maryland-based TransCen Inc., which provides direct services to students with disabilities.

David Test, professor of special education and child development and the principal investigator for the project, explains that "We will be working with all 50 states and 10 U.S. territories to develop teacher training and professional development for workers in relevant agencies on proven strategies to achieve better outcomes for high school students who are transitioning into adulthood."

The National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities will begin formally in January 2015.

Atkins Library Acquires Motorsports Photo Collection

UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library has acquired the "Bryant McMurray Motorsports Photograph Collection," which documents the world of stock car racing through images captured over six decades by the award-winning motorsports photographer.

To support UNC Charlotte’s programs in American studies, motorsports engineering and sports management, Atkins Library has developed a collection of books, magazines, oral history interviews, photographs and other materials to preserve the history and legacy of automobile racing in the region. The collection should capture the attention of fans, as well as researchers and students studying motorsports, Southern culture, pop culture, engineering and more.

"McMurray's photographs will serve as the flagship collection in a digital photo archive we are preparing to launch of images related to and about motorsports," said Meredith Evans, associate University librarian for special collections at Atkins Library. "Digitizing these photographs and providing access to supporting manuscript and oral history collections will make this the premiere motorsports collection in the Southeast."