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Vision 6 – Workforce Development

Vision 6

CCC&TI will develop and maintain programs and services to enrich and advance the workforce of our communities.

GOAL 1:

Align education, both credit and non-credit programs, with business/industry, workforce, and economic development to sustain a healthy local economy.

Initiatives

  1. Partner with the Economic Development Commissions to entice business relocation to the region by aligning educational programs to company needs.
  2. Foster an entrepreneurial spirit to encourage business growth.
  3. Close the skills gap by educating a workforce to provide the skills necessary to succeed in targeted growth occupations.
  4. Strengthen seamless, cohesive classes between curriculum and continuing education.
  5. Create opportunities for underemployed, under-represented, and unemployed populations to participate in specialized skill-training.
  6. Expand accelerated skills training.
  7. Build a pipeline of highly skilled workers to meet business and industry demand and maximize the skill level and confidence of our students.

GOAL 2:

Increase the advancement of incumbent workers through customized training, on-the-job training, apprenticeship opportunities, lifelong learning, and industry-recognized credential attainment.

Initiatives

  1. Expand site-based non-credit instructional opportunities.
  2. Develop registered apprenticeships for industry clusters.
  3. Design processes to capture graduates who earn industry-recognized credentials.
  4. Create an infrastructure to award credit for prior learning.

GOAL 3:

Promote community awareness of area occupations and the associated skills required, as well as create an appreciation for the types of workforce opportunities in our communities.

Initiatives

  1. Develop and integrate career preparation opportunities to include work-based learning, internships, civic engagement, and other activities that build the skills necessary to secure gainful employment in a globally competitive market.
  2. Promote and increase participation in career events and job fairs.
  3. Promote and strengthen relationships and programs with high schools that will lead to credentials.
  4. Incorporate Career Connections on all tours to the campus.
  5. Create opportunities for public school teachers, guidance counselors, and other staff from public schools to learn about programs and services through campus visits.
  6. Develop and strengthen partnerships with public and private schools to align with college programs to create career awareness.
  7. Ensure transition advisors have up-to-date knowledge of all programs and services offered.
  8. Promote Transitional Studies initiatives.

GOAL 4:

Lead the effort in Caldwell and Watauga counties to increase the percentage of students earning a degree or credential to reach the targeted goal of 2 million by 2030 by myFutureNC.

Initiatives

  1. Identify targeted goals in Caldwell and Watauga counties.
  2. Investigate gaps, define “industry-based credentials,” and develop new opportunities to increase the number of credentials awarded.
  3. Create co-curricular transcripts.
  4. Determine the number of post-secondary credentials currently being awarded to set a baseline for improvement.