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  • Thank you for inviting me to talk about the work of the North Carolina Community College System in preparing the workforce -- particularly in helping dislocated workers gain new skills for better jobs with brighter futures. I especially thank Rep. Miller and his excellent staff for interest in and advocacy for community college issues. CHANGE SLIDE
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    • 1. When the Mill Closes: Worker Retraining in North Carolina’s Community Colleges H. Martin Lancaster President North Carolina Community College System www.nccommunitycolleges.edu
    • 2. North Carolina Community College System
        • Began with Industrial Education Centers to retrain “farm to factory” workforce
        • In 1963, reorganized as unified system
        • Today, fifty-eight comprehensive community colleges enrolling more than 800,000 North Carolinians a year
        • Third-largest community college system in the United States
        • Retraining for “factory to pharma ”
    • 3.
      • Foreign trade agreements, shift to knowledge-based industries, corporate mergers, fluctuations in technology market cause drastic and continuing change, eliminating low-skilled jobs
      • 1970: Manufacturing workforce was 30 percent of state’s total
      • Today: 17 percent
      • Last year, manufacturing declined 12.2 percent
      • Rural areas lose most
      Economic Changes: Shocks to Manufacturing
    • 4. Changes in Workforce Skills Needs Across Fifty Years 1955 2005 Unskilled 60% Skilled 20% Professional 20% Skilled 68% Professional 20% Unskilled 12%
    • 5. Career Readiness Certification: Overview
      • Community College System Partnership with 24 local workforce development boards
      • Portable credential to certify core employability skills important across industries and occupations: reading, applied math, locating information
      • One part of statewide credentialing system based on WorkKeys
      • Bronze, Silver, Gold levels to document progressive skills
    • 6. High Praise for Retraining
      • "No one disputes the notion that with North Carolina having faced the loss of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the last few years, the community colleges are the key to retraining those who lost their jobs and getting them back in the workforce."
      • Editorial
      • The News and Observer, November 10, 2004
    • 7. WIA Funding: Critical Factor
      • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) vital federal funds for training/retraining efforts
      • Proposed $325 million rescission in current year will mean fewer workers retrained
    • 8. Case Study: Pillowtex Photo by Ben McNeely, Independent-Tribune
      • Created from merger of two historic NC textile corporations: Cannon Mills and Fieldcrest
      • Bankruptcy in July 2003: largest manufacturing shutdown in NC history
    • 9. Pillowtex: Jobs Lost
      • Company- wide layoffs: 7,650
      • Layoffs in North Carolina: 4,790
      • Cabarrus County residents laid off: 2,592
      • Rowan County residents laid off: 1,392
      • Balance in surrounding counties and in Rockingham County, former Fieldcrest area
    • 10. Pillowtex: Who lost jobs? Rowan-Cabarrus CC service area
      • Almost 50 percent had not completed high school
      • Average age 46
      • 59 percent women
      • Average weekly wage: $458
      • 42 percent had a relative at Pillowtex
    • 11. Pillowtex: Immediate local needs
      • 70 percent unwilling or unable to relocate
      • 93 percent couldn’t afford health insurance
      • Within one month of layoff, 43 percent behind in rent/mortgage, more than 10 percent facing eviction
    • 12. National Emergency Grant (DOL) Partners
      • North Carolina Community College System
      • N.C. Employment Security Commission
      • Division of Employment and Training
      • Centralina Workforce Development Board
      • Rowan County Job Link Center
      • Cabarrus County Job Link Center
      • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
    • 13. Rowan-Cabarrus CC Outreach
      • College enrolled 1,921 (49%) of Pillowtex eligibles residing in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
      • College staff provided to 3,184 (86%) of the population other direct services including, but not limited to:
        • DISCOVER and placement testing
        • Job-seeking skills workshops
        • Seminars
        • Referrals to other agencies
        • Resume assistance
    • 14. Rowan-Cabarrus CC Outcomes
      • 457 of 730 (46%) of Pillowtex students enrolled in curriculum (for-credit) programs have graduated or will complete programs by the end of 2006. Four designated “outstanding students”
      • 245 out of 536 (46%) of Pillowtex enrollees in GED completed their credentials
      • 449 students enrolled in short-term training programs through Continuing Education and HRD.
      • 206 enrolled in English as a Second Language.
    • 15. Rowan-Cabarrus CC Outcomes (cont’d)
      • Many clients enrolled in technical and trade programs previously under-enrolled where employers cited high demand for entry-level jobs (machining, automotive, welding, electrical, electronics, heating and air conditioning)
      • Recent telephone surveys substantiate that some clients are finding work though there is evidence of continued unemployment and under-employment.
    • 16. Satisfied Students If you had it to do all over again, would you attend Rowan-Cabarrus CC? Yes 95.1% Would you recommend Rowan-Cabarrus CC to another person? Yes 98.4%
    • 17. Next steps, new hope: Preparing for “Pharma” on the old mill site
      • North Carolina Research Campus: Murdock/Dole Foods partnership with major universities and community colleges for research, product development in biotechnology, one of NC’s fastest-growing sectors
      • 5,000 biotechnology high-wage jobs projected for Research Campus
      • Additional 30,000 infrastructure jobs are anticipated to support Research Campus.
    • 18. Rowan-Cabarrus CC Roles
      • Plans underway for joint-use Rowan-Cabarrus CC facility on the NC Research Campus site
      • Collaboration with Gaston College and Central Piedmont CC to offer AAS Biotechnology Consortium Degree started fall 2006
      • BioWork continuing education classes started fall 2006
      • College sponsored educational forums in four counties spring 2006.
    • 19. Research Campus jobs for Pillowtex veterans?
      • Opportunities:
      • Most jobs related to the campus are NOT in biotechnology research but in infrastructure on and off campus
      • Older dislocated workers not likely to aspire to become research scientists or research technicians.
      • With proper support and training, dislocated workers can qualify for infrastructure jobs
      • Given their demonstrated work ethic and commitment to task, dislocated workers are desirable potential employees
    • 20. When the Mill Closes: Worker Retraining in North Carolina’s Community Colleges H. Martin Lancaster President North Carolina Community College System www.nccommunitycolleges.edu