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Academic Partners

Accelerate to Industry is funded by the National Science Foundation through an Innovations in Graduate Education grant. We hold annual Training Institutes at Hunt Library on Centennial Campus to collaboratively develop strategic plan for implementing A2i on your campus.

Leading holistic workforce development and integration through industry-academic  collaborations.

Accelerate to IndustryTM is a professional program offered by the NC State Graduate School that represents the interests of more than 10,000 graduate students and postdoctoral associates.

A2i offers your institution the opportunities to collaborate with NC State University to shape the future of holistic and integrated workforce readiness. Through A2i, you can directly impact the training of your graduate and postdoctoral population in the following areas:

  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Communication
  • Self-Discovery and Career Exploration
  • Corporate Culture
  • Portfolio, Resume, and Interviewing
  • Industry Networking

The A2i program includes several modules that offer a broad range of distinctive partnership opportunities:

A2i Modules
Learn more about the modules on our A2i homepage.


During the Summer of 2020, North Carolina State University held their first virtual A2i Job Search Strategies Session open to all our Academic Partners. Overall, a total of 375 trainees were served across 18 different institutions.

Laura Demarse, Joe Aldinger, Peter Harries, and Dave Shafer, “Accelerate to Industry,” National Science Foundation, Innovations in Graduate Education award #1855978. (unpublished data, December 8 2020), Qualtrics surveys.

Current Academic Partners

Duke University

Florida International University

Florida State University

Illinois State University

Medical University of South Carolina

North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University

North Carolina Central University

The Ohio State University

Pennsylvania State University

Stellenbosch University

University of Arkansas

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina Charlotte

University of North Dakota

University of Oklahoma

University of Virginia

Virginia Tech University

Wake Forest University

Washington State University

A2i’s Training Institute

The training institute is held once a year and is designed to help our partners implement A2i on their own campuses. Joining us at the Institute also affords you the opportunity to participate in our community of practice through monthly virtual meetings.

Content Presented on:

  • Building impactful partnership with industry
  • Strategies for recruiting industry partners
  • Resource analysis including suggestions for constraints and coordinating
  • Case studies from partners who run A2i on their campus
  • Timeline and plan for implementation
  • Coordinating with partners on campus

If you are interested in becoming an academic partner please contact Dr. Laura Demarse, Assistant Dean for Professional Development & External Relations or Dr. Joe Aldinger, Director of A2i. Join us on our Centennial Campus and come away with a toolkit for implementing the A2i model on your campus.

This coming Training Institute will be held in-person, February 22nd – 25th, 2022.

The new cohort (Year 3) will attend February 22nd-24th.

The Year 1 and Year 2 will attend 23rd -25th.

Registration for Training Institute

Registration Open for Spring 2022

Clear here to register  


The registration fee for academic partners who are not participating in the NSF grant is $250 per person. This cost covers all meals.


We reserve a block of rooms at the Aloft Hotel for a special group rate. Aloft is adjacent to NC State’s Main Campus and a short drive from RDU airport via Uber or Triangle bus lines (2100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607). It is also within walking distance of restaurants and coffee shops along Hillsborough Street.

Training Institute Group Rate 

Partners leave the Training Institute with:

  • A2i logo and other branding elements
  • Sample marketing communications and templates
  • Evaluation and instructional content templates
  • Project implementation templates

If you are interested to launch A2i at your institution, please contact Joe Aldinger, Director of Accelerate to Industry, or  Laura Demarse, Assistant Dean of Professional Development.

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