Highly Educated. Highly Skilled. Highly Motivated.
The Triangle Region is a hub for exceptional talent due to the region’s academic institutions.
Home to three tier 1 research universities – North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – the Triangle was ranked by Forbes as the second most educated city in the country. These universities help attract nearly $3 billion in federal R&D funding each year and have spun off hundreds of start-up companies.
The region attracts and retains talented professionals because of its affordability and short commute times compared to similar innovation-rich competitor cities. We are also home to an eclectic mix of people from everywhere—and that means everyone is welcome here.
There are a total of 12 colleges and universities and 8 community colleges in the Triangle Region. The academic institutions work closely with local economic developers and businesses to ensure course offerings align with industry needs and prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Our highly educated workforce is one of many reasons so many businesses come to the Triangle Region.
12 Colleges and Universities
Orange & Durham Counties
Harnett & Wake Counties
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
North Carolina Wesleyan College
St. Augustine’s University
William Peace University
8 Community Colleges
Central Carolina Community College
Chatham & Lee Counties
Durham Technical Community College
Johnston Community College
Piedmont Community College
Wake Tech Community College
Wilson Community College
Vance-Granville Community College
Franklin, Granville & Warren Counties
Nash Community College
Highly Skilled Talent
Strong Military Presence
North Carolina is home to about 23,000 transitioning veterans each year providing another huge employment pool for companies. Many Triangle Region companies recruit veterans including Novo Nordisk in Johnston County whose workforce is made up of 20% veterans.