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Governor Cooper Celebrates New Regional Workforce Development Initiative

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018 1:05 PM

The Triad area will get $3.2 million for more job training opportunities in Alamance, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The state funds have been awarded to the Eastern Triad Workforce Initiative, a public-private partnership that will provide apprenticeship and on-the-job training.

Governor Cooper Announces Finish Line Grants Program to Help Community College Students Complete Training

Thursday, Jul 12, 2018 11:46 AM

Today, Governor Cooper announced the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies complete their training. The program will leverage up to $7 million in federal funds to help students pay for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care, or other financial emergencies that students may face through no fault of their own.

Governor Cooper Details Plan to Help More North Carolinians Get Job Training and Skills to Succeed

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 3:18 PM

Ahead of the release of his short session budget, Governor Roy Cooper today shared recommendations to create the NC Job Ready Fund to train and grow North Carolina’s workforce to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow. In February, Gov. Cooper laid out his key principles for improving North Carolina’s workforce: providing education and skills training, partnering with employers to prepare workers for evolving industries, and tapping into local innovation.

Hometown Strong Announces Initial County Partnerships

Friday, Apr 20, 2018 10:32 AM

Today, Hometown Strong announced six initial partnerships with counties across North Carolina. Initial partnerships announced today include Burke, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Madison, Pasquotank, and Robeson Counties.

North Carolina Joins Skillful State Network to Share Innovative Ideas on Workforce Development

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 2:10 PM

North Carolina is joining a network of states committed to finding innovative ways to help prepare people for jobs so they can live better lives, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The Skillful State Network brings together 20 states to share ideas that work to create a 21st century labor market. As a leader in workforce development, North Carolina joins the network as a founding member.

Governor Cooper Announces NC Job Ready, Key Priorities for Workforce Development

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 1:24 PM

Governor Roy Cooper today laid out his priorities for workforce development, a primary focus for his administration as he seeks to ensure more North Carolinians are ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Cooper spoke at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy to highlight the core principles of his job readiness initiative, NC Job Ready.

Gov. Cooper Encourages NC High School Girls to Join Innovative Cybersecurity Competition

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 3:14 PM

Governor Roy Cooper today announced an innovative opportunity for high school girls to explore the field of cybersecurity through a competitive online game called Girls Go CyberStart. North Carolina girls in grades 9-12 can sign up to compete with girls from 16 other states and territories for a chance to win prizes—and potentially discover their future career.

Governor Cooper Declares Career Pathways Week in North Carolina

Monday, Jan 22, 2018 3:41 PM

To strengthen North Carolina’s workforce and connect students and workers with successful careers, Governor Roy Cooper has declared the week of January 22-26, 2018 Career Pathways Week in North Carolina. NCWorks has developed 27 Certified Career Pathways to help North Carolinians get the education and training needed to work in high-demand, high-wage careers. Throughout the week, regional NCWorks Career Pathways teams will host workshops across the state aimed at raising awareness among K-12 and community college career counselors and teachers.  

Governor Cooper Challenges Workforce Leaders to Increase Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 4:56 PM

Governor Roy Cooper challenged business and workforce development leaders to increase the number of work-based learning opportunities across the state, part of a broader initiative to help North Carolinians become more job-ready. Governor Cooper offered his challenge today at a meeting of the NCWorks Commission, along with a call for the commissioners to provide him firm recommendations at the Commission’s next meeting for further action to advance the state’s workforce development agenda.

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