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
When the Mill Closes: Worker Retraining in North Carolina’s Community Colleges H. Martin Lancaster President North Carolina Community College System www.nccommunitycolleges.edu
"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."
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.
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%
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.