Sanford, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker on Monday realigned the state's workforce development program to, as they said in a news release, promote a consistent, cohesive strategy across North Carolina.
“While I am continually pleased to see more and more people finding jobs in North Carolina, it is important to remain focused on getting people back to work,” McCrory said during a visit to Caterpillar Inc.'s plant in Sanford. “As we continue to rebuild, I am committed to making our state stronger and more resilient."
The rechristened NCWorks program will unfold over the next year as officials from the Department of Commerce and the Community College System focus on ways to connect employers statewide with people seeking training and jobs.
“We plan to aggressively work with our partners to visit 1,000 businesses in all 100 counties in 100 days,” said Will Collins, executive director of NCWorks.
Together with the data collected during those visits, officials plan to have one person working for both Commerce and the Community College System to coordinate workforce development efforts. McCrory also plans to "recharge" the Commission on Workforce Development to "lead a new strategic era of workforce collaboration."
The 25-member commission includes representatives from the business community, heads of state workforce agencies, educators, community leaders and representatives from organized labor – all are appointed by the governor – and it recommends policies and strategies that enable the state's workforce and businesses to compete in the global economy.