Education & Workforce

K through 12 Education

Johnston County Public Schools serves more than 36,000 students throughout Johnston County. The district has seen tremendous growth recently - more than doubling in size in the past 15 years. Graduation rates have climbed by more than 13% in the past 4 years.

  • 4-year graduation rate: 92.2%
  • Teachers: more than 2,300
  • Nationally board-certified teachers: 259
  • Elementary schools: 23
  • Middle schools: 12
  • High Schools: 10

Johnston Community College

A member of the North Carolina Community College System, Johnston Community College (JCC) serves more than 13,000 students annually in its credit and non-credit programs.

JCC's 175-acre main campus is located in Smithfield, NC, just 30 miles east of Raleigh near the junction of I-95 and U.S. 70. In addition to its main campus, JCC has classrooms and training facilities throughout the county, including the Cleveland Center, the Johnston County Workforce Development Center in Clayton, and the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center.

JCC employs approximately 600 people and has an annual budget of about $40 million. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Enrollment (2016-2017)

  • Continuing Education: 8,213
  • Curriculum: 5,312

Workforce Development Center

The 30,000-square-foot Workforce Development Center (WDC) supports educational and technical skills training in business and the sciences. The WDC is a collaborative effort between Johnston County, Johnston County Public Schools, Johnston County Economic Development and the College, as well as local industries.

Area Colleges and Universities

As part of North Carolina's Research Triangle Region, Clayton is just a short drive to some of the nation's most well-regarded research and education institutions.

Research Universities

NC State University (18 Miles):

  • Enrollment: 35,479
  • Degrees conferred annually: 9,314 (as of 2018 to 2019)
  • Research and development expenditures: $500 million

Duke University (44 Miles):

  • Enrollment: 15,192
  • Degrees conferred annually: 5,600 (as of 2017)
  • Research and development  expenditures: $1.13 billion

University of North Carolina (UNC) - Chapel Hill (47 Miles)

  • Enrollment: 29,911
  • Degrees conferred annually: 6,119 (as of 2018)
  • Research and development expenditures: $1.1 billion

(Source for research and development expenditures: National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Rankings by Total R&D Expenditures, 2017.)

Colleges and Universities

A map of the colleges and universities around Clayton