Education Matters

Education Matters 31: NC Works Certified Work Ready Communities

Special Guests:

Websites & Resources

Certified Work Ready Communities
NC Chamber
NC Works

Workforce development has been a priority in North Carolina for many years. A talent pipeline with the necessary foundational and technical skills for success is a primary goal for education and workforce professionals.

In 2011, the NC Eastern Region began a pilot program to certify counties as NC WorkReady. This pilot serves as the model for the statewide NCWorks Certified Communities initiative. The partnership and collaboration among the North Carolina Chamber, Department of Commerce, Community College System and the Department of Public Instruction create a seamless framework for communities to become certified as work ready.

High school seniors in public schools who have a CTE concentration (four technical credits in a Career Cluster) take the ACT WorkKeys® assessments needed to earn an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT NCRC®). Community colleges throughout the state serve as instructional and testing centers for adults and transitioning youth. The North Carolina Chamber serves as the organization that will designate counties as NCWorks Certified Communities.

The NCWorks Certified Communities initiative supports economic development by providing a workforce with documented foundational skills. Other benefits include competitive cost models through lower employee turnover, decreased training time and costs, and related efficiencies that enhance North Carolina’s global competitiveness. Increasing support of the ACT NCRC is a key strategy; the goal is to have eight of the 10 largest employers in each participating county recognize or recommend the workplace credential.

Education Matters 30: Ensuring That NC is #1 in Workforce

Dr. Matthew Meyer discusses strategic plans to strengthen the NC workforce.

Education Matters 29: Catawba Careers & Hot Job Videos!

Guests Dr. Garrett Hinshaw & Alan Jackson discuss an innovative website created to advertise careers in the area.

Education Matters 28: Young Professionals Making An Impact

Guests Lindsay Keisler & Heather Benfield talk community involvement & more.

Education Matters: Connecting Kids to Careers & College

Tracey & new co-host Todd Ashworth are back with a new episode.

Education Matters 26: Empowering Women for the Workforce

Women in North Carolina face many challenges in the areas of economic security/poverty, health/well-being, employment/earnings and political participation.

Education Matters 25: Apprenticeship Catawba

Did you know jobs in Mechatronics and Computer Integrated Machining are in demand?

Education Matters 24: Career & College Promise

Special guests:

Roxy Poovey
Public School Liaison at Catawba Valley Community College
(828) 327-7000 x4594

Laurie Wegner
Director of Admissions at Catawba Valley Community College
(828) 327-7000 x4618


CVCC Website

NC Dept. of Public Instruction Website