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Perdue launches job-training initiative to get people working

Posted April 16, 2009
Updated April 17, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday that federal recovery funds will help community colleges in North Carolina quickly train people in a dozen high-demand fields.

Perdue announced the "12 in 6" initiative, saying that $13.4 million will help create community college programs in 12 careers, with each program requiring less than six months to complete.

“Jobs now in North Carolina – that’s the goal," Perdue said at the children's emergency department at WakeMed, one of the largest health-care employers in eastern North Carolina. Three of the programs are assistant nursing, phlebotomy and medical coding.

Other programs, selected based on current or anticipated market demand, include office/clerical support, masonry/tile cutting, plumbing, carpentry, welding, food service, auto body repair, manufacturing/materials and HVAC/industrial maintenance.

The state community college board is expected to approve the plan Friday. Programs would be in place at all 58 campuses by the end of September, and unemployment offices will help find students.

The state unemployment rate hit 10.7 percent in February, one of the highest in the country.

"We know that people who have lost their jobs need to get back in the workforce as quickly as possible," Perdue said. "This rapid training initiative provides them with a clear path to success in new, sustainable careers."

The "12 in 6" program is part of her larger "Jobs NOW" initiative, which is designed to train students at community college campuses and through vocational education for high-growth careers.

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  • NCMacMan Apr 17, 2009

    @dogman1973
    My response was due to an individual earlier stating that there were only 100 nursing positions available in the state. They were flaming the forum with FUD.

    Healthcare is a stressful industry. You deal with life and death every day, and it takes very special skills to be able to perform in that environment. People have these skills, even if they don't know it.

    There is nothing wrong with encouraging people to find a match for their skills.

  • NCMacMan Apr 17, 2009

    @discowhale
    Oh, so negative. Six months of schooling can help people get a job -- even at a hospital.

    BTW, what do you have against janitorial staff?

  • discowhale Apr 17, 2009

    Wake Med? A job at Wake Med?

    The 6 month training programs will NEVER be able to put people to work at ANY hospital. Unless there's a 6 month janitorial or food service program. Those 6 month programs are aimed at construction and mechanical trades, always have been. And you can train a million tradesmen, but with no jobs out there, what good will it do them. How will flooding a slack job market help?

    My son is a professional blaster with licenses in several states. He's been out of work two years. If no ground is being readied, graded, etc for new construction, then more tradesmen are a waste.

    As usual, NC Democrats rely on smoke, mirrors and press conferences to make it "look" like they are doing something. And the NC voters will bark and complain, until the 2010 elections, then they'll go pull that Dem handle again and start complaining 15 seconds later.

    Definition of insanity:

    repeating the same action, endlessly, always expecting a different outcome.

    Sad. But true

  • dogman1973 Apr 17, 2009

    NCMacMan-- of course there are nursing and NA positions....there is a nursing shortage! But who wants to be a nurse or an NA? I work with many nurses who want to get out of the industry for a less stressful, higher paying job!

  • MyNameIsMud Apr 16, 2009

    pbjbeach,

    Internet Etiquette Lesson 101: It is considered very rude to type in all caps on the internet.

  • pbjbeach Apr 16, 2009

    STATE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE UNIONIZED PERIOD MAYBE THAT WAY STATE EMPLOYEES CAN FINALY BE LEFT ALONE TO DO THEIR JOBS AN NOT HARRASSED WITHIN A HOSTILE WORK EVIRONMENT AN FINALLY FORCED INTO RETIREMENT AS THE WAY THAT STATE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN SEEKING TO DO FOR THE LAST PAST 15-17 YEARS JUST IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE WORKFORCE LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN REGARDS TO THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE STATE WORKFORCE THAT HAS REALLY TURNED OUT WELL HASN'T IT CAN ANYONE SAY I-40-15,501 SEE HOW WELL THAT ONE WORK OUT AN HOW ABOUT THE I-795 PAVING JOB AROUND GOLDSBORO,NC THERE JUST NEEDS TO BE MORE OVERSIGHT WITH REGARDS TO REGULATIONS AN THE SPENDING OF THE TAXPAYERS DOLLARS. ESPECIALLY WITH REGARDS TO THE UPCOMMING SPENDING OF FEDERAL FUNDS STIMULUS FUNDING FOR HIGHWAY AN SHOVEL READY PROJECTS

  • pbjbeach Apr 16, 2009

    WHEN GOOD HONEST AN HARD WORKING STATE EMPLOYEES TRY TO ACTUALLY DO THE JOBS THAT THEY WERE ORIGINALLY HIRED TO DO THEY ARE BELITTLED AN RETAILATED AGAINST BECAUSE UPPER MANGAMENT JUST DOES NOT WONT STATE EMPLOYEES TO ACTUALL DO THE JOBS THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY HIRED TO DO BECAUSE THEN UPPER MANGAMENT WILL BE FORCED TO MAKE AN UNPOPULAR DECESION THAT THEY MIGHT CATCH HECK FOR FROM A POLITICAN THAT HAS RECEIVED A CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION FROM THE BUSINESS ENITY THAT THE DECESION WAS AFFECTING IN THE FIRST PLACE THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Apr 16, 2009

    XXXXXXXXX

    I AM IN TOTAL AGGREEMENT WITH YOUR POST ON HERE. I THINK THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE NEED TO IMPEACH THIS GOVERNOR AN DO IT NOW THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Apr 16, 2009

    I am sorry to be the one to tellyou folks that she has already ruined the ncdot an a lot of other agencys within this state all she is concerned with is seeing just how fast she can fill her own pockets at the taxpayers expense there just appears to be no end to the corruption within state government . i thought when she got rid of tip toe tippett that things would be different but things will never change with a rep, or another dem governor. but i think it is time to call for her impeachment with regards to her circumventing the voters of this state with regards to the replacement of june atkins at the department of edfucation thank you

  • MyNameIsMud Apr 16, 2009

    It seems as though health care is the only career path that has been on upswing since 1999-2000. (Unless you wanted to work in construction or fast food.)

    White collar and knowledge jobs have gone offshore with the manufacturing sector. Until someone in government has the courage to seriously question that, things will stay the same. Foreign countries took advantage of the race-to-the-bottom wage mentality that exists in the corporate world.

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