Education & Workforce Development
With a rapidly evolving, global economy, the race for talent is increasingly competitive. In every industry, employers are asking the same question: How are we going to train and retain the best workers? Education and talent development and retention are the key to our state’s future, our children’s futures and economic growth. The North Carolina Chamber is focused on ensuring North Carolina’s education and workforce development systems are effective, agile, accountable and continually produce a competitive, world-class workforce.
Effective public schools (K-12) that help prepare students for 21st-century jobs and help produce a globally competitive workforce
A strong community college system that works with public schools and the higher education system to develop and prepare a world-class, globally competitive workforce
A world-class university system that is demand-driven, engaged in the success of North Carolina businesses and leads in innovation and transformation
The North Carolina Chamber is committed to advancing education priorities to position North Carolina as the leading state in talent development. The NC Chamber’s Education Committee created an Education Vision Plan that reshapes the dialogue around this issue and focuses on strategies and recommendations to strengthen our state’s education system, while recognizing North Carolina’s economic realities.
Strengthened NC’s Talent Development and Education (H950) Successfully supported education reform provisions in the budget to promote public-private partnership through a streamlined lateral entry process and focus on reading-intensive instruction that ensures students have a solid learning foundation.
Promoted Workforce Development in Community Colleges (H950) Strengthened the NC Community College System and our state’s workforce development efforts by investing $5 million for an NC Back-to-Work Program focused on providing short-term training to the long-term unemployed and reinvesting $12.1 million into critical areas.
Promoted Joining Our Businesses and Schools (H181) Backed addition of the state superintendent of public instruction to the Economic Development Board to forge a stronger link between high school curricula and local employment.
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