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As one might expect from an area that Reader's Digest selected Jacksonville as one of the country's "Top 25 Places to Raise a Family", Jacksonville affords families with exceptional educational opportunities at every level.

Onslow County Schools provide quality instruction in excellent learning environments. Please visit the Onslow County Schools website for detailed information.

Coastal Carolina Community College acts as an integral member of the local economic development team by providing effective and timely training for our local work force through our Division of Continuing Education. Coastal is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (404-679-4501) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

The college states on its website: "We have committed ourselves to providing educational quality, making an investment in technology, forming cooperative partnerships and teamwork, and striving for positive growth in the economic development of Jacksonville/Onslow County." For more information, go to www.coastalcarolina.edu

Without exception North Carolina has some of the finest universities and colleges in the nation, and two major campuses are less than two hours' drive away.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington: www.uncw.edu

East Carolina University in Greenville, which features the Brody School of Medicine: www.ecu.edu

Many other area schools also have extension programs for those who cannot attend main campuses.