Officials combing NC to determine skills businesses need from workers

Posted September 25, 2014

— Workforce development officials plan to visit 1,000 companies across North Carolina in the next 100 days to determine which skills employers need from their workers so the state's educational system can be adjusted to provide students with those skills.

The "1000 in 100" initiative is part of the new NCWorks program that essentially put all of the state’s workforce development efforts under one roof.

During one of those stops, at DB Global in Cary, Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that businesses have complained to his administration that they have trouble finding qualified workers. At the same time, he said, the state unemployment rate has edged up in recent months.

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"We need to adapt our education curriculum to what commerce needs and where people can get jobs at this time," McCrory said. "If you're graduating from our two-year or four-year colleges and you have a skill which no one wants, all you're left with is student debt and a job that's not going to pay off your student debt."

DB Global, a software company that works with financial giant Deutsche Bank, worked with Wake Technical Community College to provide prospective workers training in the computer software programming language Java, as well as leadership classes.

"We need to actually adjust where our educational dollars are being spent and target it to those areas that get the best return on investment – again, in those areas where you can get jobs and have a great career and have an opportunity to make a great living," McCrory said.

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and North Carolina Community College System President Scott Ralls also planned to join the governor Thursday on visits with Epes Transportation in Greensboro and Cummins/Atlantic, HAWEUSA and Novant Healthcare in Charlotte.


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  • nanab Sep 29, 2014

    do you know how many people I interview that do not know how to use a computer? Really? In today's time, its embarrassing to how many don't have basic computer skills.

  • tracmister Sep 26, 2014

    You can change the curriculum all you want. As long as the classroom capacity cap is eliminate, it isn't going to happen. Classroom need to be smaller.

  • Eq Videri Sep 26, 2014
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    Frankly, at this point in time, about all Pat is good at is steppin' on toes. Mostly his own.

  • Jack Jones Sep 26, 2014
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    This sounds like an incredible waste of taxpayer money. Community colleges are in touch with businesses. Let's call out this "goodwill tour" for corporate welfare exactly what it is.

  • patracles221 Sep 26, 2014

    a company in t he western part of thestate said they had trouble filling positions because half the applicants were illiterate. thanks GA, for cutting education funding.

  • Ken Ackerman Sep 26, 2014
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    I can't speak for all industries but there are companies here in the Triangle that post positions with absolutely no intention of filling them. Some are due to internal politics and using positions as bargaining chips between departments, others I guess are just to make it "looK" like they are trying to hire.

  • miseem Sep 25, 2014

    Gee. Sounds sort of like what unions used to do in manufacturing, construction and machinery industries. They called it apprenticeship. The problem is that now, certain industries have very specific job skills they need that few people in the workforce possess because of the very limited demand for those skills. Yet the companies complain that government and the education system are not getting them floor ready workers. Maybe working in conjunction with the community colleges in on site training would help. But that might cost the companies money, and that would make the stockholders angry and keep the CEO's bonus down in the low 7 figure range.

  • Maximillian Powers Sep 25, 2014
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    What cracks me up is all this corporate welfare for these businesses, then they hire all these foreign nationals. Shouldn't the state get something for their money and require a certain percentage of non-visa workers? What good is getting all these jobs if the workers are imported?

  • jurydoc Sep 25, 2014

    Gee, it's as if they don't believe the community colleges don't have their fingers on the pulse of the workforce? Their programs wouldn't last very long if students weren't interested in them because they couldn't find jobs after graduating from them. What happened to their belief if a "free market economy?"

    McCrory is always saying that "businesses have complained to his administration that they have trouble finding qualified workers." I'll tell you what, I work at a community college and we are CONSTANTLY working with potential employers to try find out what skills they want in our graduates. Ask them when the last time was they volunteered to serve on a program advisory committee or came to campus to recruit students. Noooo, they just want to sit back and "complain" to the administration that they want people with high degrees who will work long hours for peanuts and not complain!! THAT's what employers want!!

  • tpbwetland Sep 25, 2014

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    "And then lure businesses hear..." Lure businesses with what? All business wants is more corporate welfare. And this state legislature will oblige without hesitation. Tillis and Berger will load up the dump truck with all our tax money so businesses can use it to outsource new jobs with slave wages in China.