Uncategorized

Path to New Skills is through NC Community Colleges

The North Carolina Community College System is featured in an article on the important role that technical skills training can play not only in getting people back to work but moving them to better quality jobs that provide increased wages and greater access to benefits.

The story of Mark McSweeney in Forsyth County is compelling.

It makes clear too that states must continue their investment in community colleges, not just to ensure that students can afford to attend but that campuses can offer the courses and provide the latest technology that is relevant to emerging industries. Unfortunately, policymakers put forward a budget that cuts community colleges by more than 10 percent thereby reducing their resources to meet the needs of industry and workers across the state. Revenue could have been raised instead and community colleges would have had greater support for their critical role in the state’s economic prosperity.

One Comment


  1. Alex O.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    When I got out of college in the Reagan years and could not get a job I went back to my community college and got a degree in HVAC and Refrigeration in less than a year I had a degree and had a good job with benefits with in a week of graduating. There were many people being retrained after lay offs.

Check Also

Measuring poverty shows that government programs are working

Every year when the Census Bureau releases its ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

This story has been updated with comments from Jim Womack, who did not respond earlier to questions. [...]

For the 18 months, Gary Brown has been traveling through northeastern North Carolina like an itinera [...]

It will be at least another month before state Superintendent Mark Johnson can take over at the helm [...]

Eric Hall, in the midst of a rainy drive to rural Robeson County to pitch North Carolina’s ambitious [...]

5---number of days since Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham unveiled a new proposal to repeal [...]

The post The stench of hate speech appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

When a Navy recruiter visited his high school, Carlos was among those students eager to sign up. In [...]

Website with ties to Civitas Institute promotes anti-Semitic attack on Attorney General Stein There [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more