Communities across North Carolina are developing great local models of workforce development.
North Carolina should build on those successes and replicate them in more places to continue building and expanding innovative solutions.
Local education and workforce partnerships drive successful career readiness plans. Investing further in these local leaders will increase the capacity of their programs and help them drive change in their communities. For example, the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards are investing in additional training and support of career center staff and local workforce boards.
Innovation and replication funds
Local leaders know their communities best, and they deserve support in piloting new ideas designed for their areas. When those innovations are successful, other communities throughout the state should hear about the success and have the tools and funds necessary to replicate proven programs. For example, the North Carolina Department of Commerce is supporting a call center pilot through the Capital Area Workforce Development Board and a sector partnership pilot through the Cumberland County Workforce Development Board.
North Carolina’s rural counties have unique workforce challenges, and they are also home to terrific examples of local innovation. Hometown Strong and NC Job Ready will work together to serve the workforce needs of rural communities.