The NC Community College System is using a federal grant to expand apprenticeship registrations in North Carolina.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Labor, focuses on expanding apprenticeships in eight industry sectors: advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, health care, hospitality, information technology, logistics and public safety.
“These eight industry sectors are all experiencing a need for qualified employees, and apprenticeships can help fill that need,” said Maureen Little, vice president of economic development for the NC Community College System.
The State Board of Community Colleges allocated $323,652 from the grant to four community colleges to serve as regional apprenticeship hubs: Asheville-Buncombe Technical (Western Region), Montgomery (Sandhills Region), Pitt (Northeast Region) and Wayne (Southeast Region).
ApprenticeshipNC coordinators working out of those colleges will be responsible for promotion, development and registration of apprenticeship programs within specific economic development regions, Little said.
In North Carolina, successful regional apprenticeship programs have been implemented in the Triangle, Greensboro, Charlotte and Gastonia areas. “These regional programs have been successful because of the leadership and involvement of industry,” Little said.
North Carolina currently has about 7,000 registered apprentices.