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The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute

The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute initiative was conceived in the summer of 2014 during meetings with leaders from Rowan and Cabarrus counties from both chambers of commerce, economic development authorities, the Centralina Workforce Development Board and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. In 2016, Iredell County and Mitchell Community College joined as partners.

The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute is a response to employers’ need for solving talent recruitment issues in order to grow and remain competitive. This initiative builds a clear and achievable pathway for people to acquire those skills in order to access good jobs in local communities.

Manufacturing firms will benefit from partnering with the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute through access to a pipeline of screened, trained, certified production technicians who can help them achieve their business goals.

The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute is specially designed to link and leverage the existing assets of Rowan, Cabarrus, and Iredell Counties to solve a growing gap between regional job seekers and available positions. Its innovative funding and operational structure allow the Institute to deliver results in response to a rapidly-growing need for manufacturing employees with certified skills and verified work readiness.

Public High School Career Academies

Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City Schools offer Career and Technical Education programs for a wide variety of industries. Cabarrus Economic Development serves on the advisory board of the Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Academy at Jay M. Robinson High School. This involvement has increased our exposure to the various academies and joint conversations between industry needs and educators. As such, we can help prepare our future workforce for the skills sets that are desirable in our county and beyond.

Go Bold

Go Bold exists to encourage women in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, to learn about challenging and rewarding career opportunities that they may not have considered.  We know that local employers have job openings and they are looking for diversity in their workplace.  They want to hire talented women in full-time roles, offering good wages and benefit packages with potential for advancement.

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