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Or, how to design and construct a highly skilled workforce.

It makes sense that North Carolina’s community colleges would excel in focused, flexible training and services. After all, they pioneered workforce training over a half-century ago with the first customized training program for business and industry.

Today The Wall Street Journal, Area Development, Business Facilities, Expansion Management and others all rank North Carolina’s workforce development programs among the best in the United States.

Ten community colleges and their branches serve our region’s companies with focused, flexible and comprehensive workforce development services.

They react quickly to the needs of our companies. They respect the confidential nature of proprietary processes and information. And, year after year, they turn out amazing people.

Customized Training

North Carolina community colleges can serve as virtual human resources departments for new companies – helping them recruit, screen and hire new employees and train them to be ready to work the moment their facilities open.

North Carolina community college workforce development experts also train and retrain employees at existing companies that are expanding or shifting gears to compete. They offer training and services in the workplace at times convenient to employers, at temporary facilities, or at one of many campuses and branches located across our region.

Cluster-focused Training

Community colleges in North Carolina work closely with businesses, industry and economic developers to identify and develop focused training programs that meet the needs of our growing and emerging clusters.

BioNetwork, the first industry-focused training program for biotechnology companies and workers, was created in our region. Recognized nationally and led by industry experts, it helps create an ever-expanding pool of skilled workers to serve our biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries.

Wake Technical Community College serves our interactive gaming and e-learning cluster with a new associate degree in simulation and game development. Graduates emerge prepared to enter the workforce as skilled game testers, assistant designers and modelers.

Sustainability Technologies at Central Carolina Community College opens the door to a variety of careers in the growing green economy and offers two tracks: Alternative Energy and Green Building. Students in both tracks are trained in sustainability design and environmental awareness.

Incumbent Worker Training

Education and skills training programs focus on increasing the productivity of current employees so they can help their companies grow and compete.

Training employees with portable skills produces a more highly skilled and versatile workforce overall, which keeps our region competitive.

Support Services and Resources

Community colleges can teach virtually any subject a company needs, from leadership development to communications, international quality standards to logistics.

They offer training through qualified instructors or through a range of customized resources and materials, from videos and DVDs to computer-based and printed training manuals.

Their Small Business Support Center Network, one of the largest small business assistance programs in the nation, helps entrepreneurs start new business and helps small businesses plan and prepare to grow.

Basically, the North Carolina community college system can prepare students and employees to do whatever’s needed to advance your business.

Just say the word.


Community Colleges

Central Carolina Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Edgecombe Community College
Johnston Community College
Nash Community College
Piedmont Community College
Sandhills Community College
Vance-Granville Community College
Wake Technical Community College
Wilson Community College

Helpful Links

Customized Training Program
Small Business Center Network
Workforce Continuing Education