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North Carolina’s economic successes are underpinned by its skilled workers. Their role will only grow in the future, so the N.C. Community College System is ensuring they’re prepared. More than 525,000 students studied at the system’s 58 campuses during the 2020-2021 academic year. Many enrolled in classes and programs geared toward specific industries and companies, an approach the system has followed for more than 50 years. Discover how that strategy is improving communities and lives through the examples in this section from Blue Ridge Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Pitt Community College, Sandhills Community College, Wake Tech Community College, and North Carolina Community College System.