Bill And Melinda Gates Speak With NC Students

Bill and Melinda Gates are getting a first-hand look at some North Carolina schools and colleges on what they're calling a "two-day learning trip."

The Microsoft billionaire and his wife met with teachers, students and administrators at West Charlotte High School on Wednesday morning to talk about the school's learning improvements.

The couple later met with dozens of students from several North Carolina colleges at Piedmont Central Community College. They questioned students on their experiences with developmental courses, online learning and paying for college.

The Gates are co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is pushing to improve the success rate of community college students.

The couple will be in Raleigh on Thursday to meet with state officials and former Gov. Jim Hunt, a prominent national figure in education reform.

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