Charlotte, NC Region Colleges Provide Link to Workforce Training

A major tool for attracting new investment and helping existing businesses expand in the Charlotte USA region is a strong network of community colleges that focus on the training and development needs of the workforce and employers.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Friday, August 5, 2011 - 00:45

A major tool for attracting new investment and helping existing businesses expand in the Charlotte USA region is a strong network of community colleges that focus on the training and development needs of  the workforce and employers. Nine colleges in the region have formed the Charlotte Regional Workforce Development Partnership, a support organization to the Charlotte Regional Partnership that addresses the needs of workers and the special training requirements of business and industry. Many of the programs the colleges offer qualify for state or other subsidies for companies meeting certain investment or job creation requirements.

In Iredell County, N.C., for example, new or existing businesses undergoing a major expansion that results in the addition of 12 or more production jobs are eligible for state-subsidized training programs administered by Mitchell Community College. The flexible programs are designed jointly by the college and industry to meet specific workforce needs. The Corporate Education Office at Gaston College in Dallas, N.C., oversees a variety of process improvement programs for business, from lean manufacturing, to ISO certification to Six Sigma, many delivered on site.

York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C., operates the 20,000-square-foot Institute for Manufacturing in partnership with two industrial machine manufacturers to train workers on the latest high-tech manufacturing equipment and assist local industries in identifying in-house manufacturing, process and operational improvements. The institute, which opened in 2002, has served more than 2,000 industry students from across the globe for companies such as Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Honda and Harley-Davidson. Among the offerings at Cleveland State Community College in Shelby, N.C., is a workforce development center that includes customized training programs conducted at the college or on site for businesses making significant capital investment, deploying new technology, creating jobs or enhancing the skills of their workers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.