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A group of college and workforce development board representatives and Gov. Roy Cooper stand behind a table.

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper, N.C. Community College System President Dr. Jeff Cox, University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans, and N.C. Association of Workforce Development Boards President Rodney Carson joins with officials from 10 community colleges, two universities and six workforce development boards to celebrate the beginning of the AdvanceNC regional workforce development partnership.

Fayetteville Technical Community College joined with nine other community colleges, N.C. A&T State University, N.C. State University, and six workforce development boards in a charter aimed at optimizing their strengths to address the needs of regional employers.

Representatives from each of the partners met Thursday, Sept. 21, at Central Carolina Community College to sign the AdvanceNC charter. AdvanceNC is an innovative workforce development ecosystem developing a robust talent pipeline to support unprecedented economic growth in North Carolina.

Dr. Tiffany Watts, Chief of Staff & Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at FTCC, attended on behalf of College President Dr. Mark Sorrells.

Gov. Roy Cooper, N.C. Community College System President Dr. Jeff Cox, UNC System President Peter Hans and N.C Association of Workforce Development Boards President Rodney Carson delivered remarks before the signing.

“There is so much good going on here from VinFast to Toyota to Wolfspeed bringing great-paying jobs right here to the central part of our state,” Cooper said. “We are the number one state in the country for business. That’s no accident. The credit belongs to the people of North Carolina. North Carolina has the best, most hard-working, dedicated, well-trained, diverse workforce in the world. When you invest in people, you invest in success, and education is the backbone of our economy and our workforce.”

Gov. Roy Cooper stands behind a podium with his hands spread wide.

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper says, “North Carolina is the top state for business thanks to our well trained, talented and diverse workforce. The AdvanceNC initiative will help prepare our students for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The AdvanceNC partners recently applied for funding and designation of central North Carolina as an Economic Development Administration “Tech Hub.” The proposed project — known as the Central Carolina Cleantech Hub (C3H) — aims to strengthen the region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize, and deploy critical clean energy technologies.

The AdvanceNC partners are:

  • Alamance Community College
  • Capital Area Workforce Development Board
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • Durham Tech Community College
  • Durham Workforce Development Board
  • Fayetteville Tech Community College
  • Johnston Community College
  • Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board
  • Lumber River Workforce Development Board
  • Mid-Carolina Workforce Development Board
  • N.C. A&T State University
  • N.C. State University
  • Piedmont Community College
  • Piedmont Triad/Regional Workforce Development Board
  • Randolph Community College
  • Sandhills Community College
  • Vance-Granville Community College
  • Wake Tech Community College