Appeared as part of the Community College sponsored section in the March 2019 issue.
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The North Carolina Community College System plays an essential role in economic development. Our 58 community colleges focus on providing a skilled workforce to support business and industry in North Carolina.
Our Customized Training Program provides education, training and support services for new, expanding and existing businesses. We foster and support three key aspects of a company’s well-being: job growth, technology investment and productivity enhancement.
In 2017-18, community colleges trained 37,000 employees for 1,000 companies.
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ApprenticeshipNC works to ensure that North Carolina has adaptable, work-ready, skilled talent to meet the current and future needs of businesses. This unique, flexible training system combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. In addition, workers earn incremental wage increases as they gain new skills on the job.
There are many types of apprenticeship programs, and they vary in duration, level of required technical education and level of employer investment. These programs may be tailored to specific demographics, including an employer’s existing workforce, veterans, high school or college students.
Currently, 7,500 North Carolinians are participating in apprenticeships.
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In addition, each community college’s Small Business Center supports business development and growth. These centers provide training, counseling and resource information to 700 small-business startups annually.
BioNetwork delivers short courses, workshops and company-specific skill development in biomanufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and food, beverage and
natural products. Courses can be delivered onsite, online or at one of our four labs across the state.
Want to learn more about how we can help? Contact Maureen Little, vice president of economic development, at 919-218-7133.
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200 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27603