Education and Talent Supply
The region’s continued competitiveness depends on our ability to maintain and expand a diverse and highly skilled workforce. Our workforce must combine technical and soft skills and the flexibility necessary to support regional job growth. To produce this skilled and flexible workforce, we support:
∙ Expanding access to NC Pre-K programs, targeting 75% of eligible children and support for State Funding Model changes.
∙ Competitive compensation for education professionals including non-instructional personnel. ∙ Education and workforce development strategies/services that enhance the talent pipeline including work-based learning and apprenticeship programs.
∙ Strategies that align universities, community colleges and schools with existing/future industry needs, including innovation and entrepreneurship in the education sector.
∙ Champion connection between educational attainment and digital access—including personal equipment and affordable connectivity—so that more workers and students can access education, training, and supportive services online.
∙ Promote NC Workforce Credentials as validated non-degree credentials in demand by business and industry in North Carolina.