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Governor Proclaims Manufacturing Week
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Monday, 02 October 2017 14:52

RALEIGH -- North Carolina highlights the economic importance of the state’s manufacturing sector this week in a proclamation issued today by Governor Roy Cooper.  The declaration of October 2-6 as 'North Carolina Manufacturing Week’ brings attention to a business sector that employs 460,000 people in the state, represents 20 percent of the state’s total economic output and offers young people a challenging and rewarding career path.

“North Carolina understands and values manufacturing,” said Governor Cooper. “Manufacturing jobs are key to our current and future economy and we need to invest in helping workers and students learn the high-tech skills needed to pursue careers in 21st century manufacturing.”

“Students and their parents are learning that a manufacturing career is much different than in the past,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland.  “Today’s advanced manufacturing facilities are clean and high-tech, and offer good jobs to those with the right skills.  The state’s education system offers many opportunities for people to keep their skills sharp throughout their life.”

North Carolina is home to the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast and the 10th largest in the United States – employing more than 460,000 workers,10.6% of the total workforce.  The manufacturing sector makes significant contributions to the state’s economy, accounting for 20 percent of North Carolina’s gross state product, fifth-highest in the United States. Manufacturing is a major driver of exports for North Carolina. In 2016, North Carolina manufacturers exported $28.25 billion in manufactured goods.

Governor Cooper and Secretary Copeland will participate in several events to recognize manufacturing this week, and many North Carolina manufacturers and supporting organizations will stage open house and other events leading up to the national Manufacturing Day celebration.

The National Manufacturers Association, the country’s largest trade organization for manufacturers, has published a database of manufacturing events being held in  North Carolina this week.  The database is available online here.

Today’s manufacturing jobs require specialized skills and training that community colleges can help workers attain. Last week, Gov. Cooper toured Forsyth Tech Community College’s soon-to-open Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Winston-Salem. The new center will include state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to support three manufacturing programs where students will train for the jobs of the future.

The North Carolina Community College System works closely with employers and offers more than 800 courses covering manufacturing skills in biotechnology, aviation and defense, pharmaceuticals, financial services, logistics, IT, and advanced manufacturing.   Custom training programs offered through community colleges draw on the latest technology and advances in manufacturing production to ensure North Carolina’s manufacturing workers stay a step ahead.

In his budget, Gov. Cooper proposed the NC GROW (Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce) Scholarship to help make North Carolina a Top 10 Educated state by 2025. Good students who graduated high school with a 2.0 GPA or higher would get free tuition to any NC community college through the NC GROW scholarship. NC GROW would cover last-dollar tuition and fees for students who have used up other financial aid options.






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