The mission of the North Carolina Community College System is to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well being of N.C. citizens.Â North Carolina has 58 community colleges serving all 100 counties. Individual colleges have service areas that may include one or several counties. Students may, however, apply to institutions of their choice, regardless of their counties of residence.
The N.C. Department of Commerce is the state's leading economic-development agency, working with local, regional, national and international companies. The departmentâ€™s mission is to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for all North Carolinians. The mission is carried out by serving existing business and industry, including providing international trade assistance; recruiting new jobs and domestic and foreign investment; encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation; marketing North Carolina and its brand; supporting workforce development; strengthening communities; and promoting tourism, film and sports development. The Department also provides data, statistics, information and reports for state government and agencies, which regulate commerce in the state.
Integrated Media Strategies helps organizations integrate their communications, branding, and marketing for optimum business results.Â The company takes a broad look at how its clients are perceived and the methods they are using for marketing communications.Â It works with them to streamline how they communicate and helps them align and integrate all their materials so that branding is reinforced, marketing is consistent, and all media produced matches and works together effectively for improved business outcomes.Â Integrated Media Strategies developed the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance website and is assisting the initiative with its startup branding and communications infrastructure.
Raising the Awareness of Advanced Manufacturing in North Carolina
We are a group of concerned educators, manufacturing companies, and community leaders working together to ensure a future pipeline of workers needed as the advanced-manufacutring industry continues to grow i North Carolina. Â We need to raise the awareness of advanced-manufacturing occupations especially for students who are in the process of choosing their future career.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is a U.S. manufacturers association and the nationâ€™s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million workers, contributes more than $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, is the largest driver of economic growth in the nation and accounts for the lionâ€™s share of private sector research and development.
The United States Department of Labor is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, re-employment services, and some economic statistics. The purpose of the US DOL is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. In carrying out this mission, the Department of Labor administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.
The manufacturing.gov site was created by the U.S. Department of Commerce and provides information about advanced manufacturing in the United States.Â The purpose of the Commerce department is to drive U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace, strengthen the international economic position of the United States, and facilitate global trade by opening up new markets for U.S. goods and services. At home, the role of the Commerce department is to promote business policies that help Americaâ€™s businesses and entrepreneurs and their communities grow and succeed.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable, industry-recognized credentials.Â These credentials include transcripts, certificates and wallet cards that are tracked through NCCERâ€™s National Registry. NCCER develops training in over 60 craft areas, offers over 70 assessment exams and has over 4,000 training locations.
The Mountain Area Workforce Board is a partnership of private business executives and the the leading workforce development organizations in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties of western North Carolina. The purpose of the board is to provide policy, planning, oversight and funding for local workforce development programs and address workforce issues as they emerge within the region.
October 4 is Manufacturing Day. Â MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is â€” and what it isnâ€™t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
This is a resource from the U.S. DOL. Â It has a range of features enabling you you identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to your current or previous job - or the job you're seeking. Â With skills identified, you can obtain the necessary training for that position.
The Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) provides free support and technical assistance to all grantees of the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program from the U.S. Department of Labor. Â OPEN is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
It provides a range of services and resources on their site, in particular around Creative Commons.
CC Search, the Creative Commons search tool, lets you lets you pick a number of image sources you want to search across including Flickr, Fotopedia, Google Images, Open Clip Art Library, Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay. The CC Search tool automatically filters your search to find Creative Commons licensed resources that you can share, use, and remix.