Align4NCWorks promotes a more responsive and aligned workforce development system by strengthening partnerships among community colleges, business/industry, workforce development boards, public schools and economic development.

The Ultimate Aspiration: Ensuring that NC is #1 in Workforce 

The NC Chamber (NCC) may have said it best in its strategic plan:
North Carolina will be a global leader in the number of students leaving its community college system with a job-ready credential that can lead to becoming a successful employee or employer in a global economy and provide for better skills, better jobs, better pay and continued educational attainment.

Overarching Aims:

  • Alignment
  • Responsiveness
  • Engagement
  • Accountability

Align4NCWorks Strategic Plan Goals:

  • Goal 1: Increase and sustain employer engagement as part of an integrated, customer-centered workforce system.
  • Goal 2: Connect students to quality careers and employers to quality employees.
  • Goal 3: Ensure education and training address and validate skill and competency needs and attainment.
  • Goal 4: Expand work-based learning opportunities.
  • Goal 5: Improve career awareness and mapping.
  • Goal 6: Increase opportunities for college access while keeping education and training affordable.
  • Goal 7: Promote demand-driven and data-informed decision making and evaluation to more effectively meet workforce customer needs and enhance system accountability.
  • Goal 8: Strengthen the foundations of success for workforce development.

NCCCS Strategic Plan Update

The State Board of Community Colleges plans to review and approve the 2022-2026 strategic plan, Leading through Change, at its October 2022 State Board meeting.

The goals of the new plan are as follows:

Workforce Learning Summits

As the first step in the Align4NCWorks process, the NC Community College System turned to the state’s 58 community colleges and their local partners to spotlight workforce innovations and discuss challenges. Community colleges hosted regional Workforce Learning Summits involving partners from business and industry, public schools, workforce development boards and career centers, and economic development. Elected officials, local government leaders, community organizations and other partners also participated.


Challenges identified at Workforce Learning Summits:

  • Limited awareness of workforce services and in-demand careers
  • Difficulty finding employees with “soft skills” or job-specific skills
  • Cost and policy barriers to effective service delivery
  • Staying current with emerging technology
  • Retaining great people in the 'education and training' workforce


Major themes of best practice presentations at Align4NCWorks Workforce Learning Summits:

  • Career pathways and awareness
  • Employer engagement and demand-driven workforce services
  • Workforce education, training and credentialing solutions
  • College affordability and access
  • Work-based learning
  • Connecting jobseekers and jobs

View a table and summaries of innovations.

For More Information

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