• Community college system president calls it "most significant step" for workforce development in 20 years

    April 15, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy
    Gov. unveils new partnership during Sanford stop
    Will Doran 
    April 14, 2014
    After being laid off from his job in Siler City in 2011, Alberto Sosa-Diaz found temporary work with Caterpillar. He then started night classes at Central Carolina Community College and eventually learned enough welding skills to land a full-time job.
    In the last year, Sosa-Diaz has received two promotions, and on Monday, he met Gov. Pat McCrory, who joked that pretty soon Sosa-Diaz would be running the entire factory.
    McCrory was at Caterpillar not just to meet Sosa-Diaz, but to use his story — and the backdrop of the industrial giant that is one of the largest regional employers — to talk broadly about workforce development in North Carolina.
    "There's still too many people not working in North Carolina today," he said.
    But now, the governor said Monday morning, he thinks officials have developed a near-perfect system to help both businesses and individuals by combining efforts by the state, the community college system and businesses into a single website.
    It's called N.C. Works, and it will host two massive databases. One is for workers who will list their skills, experience, education and other information. The other database is for businesses, listing what they do, what kinds of jobs they need to fill and what skills or experience a potential candidate should have.
    It's free to use at, which functions like a cross between LinkedIn and an online dating service, using hard data to connect companies and jobseekers who are a good match and might be able to fill each other's needs.
    Scott Rawls, the president of the state's community college system, said at Monday's event that N.C. Works "is the most significant step we've made" in the 20 years he has been involved with workforce development talks. 
    Read it all here.

  • “The governor also envisions the initiative as advantageous to recruiting businesses to build in North Carolina or expand by showing the state is serious about filling skilled positions of employers.”

    April 11, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory announced his vision for "closing the skills gap" between employers and education yesterday through a proposal that would reinvest $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state’s 58 community colleges. These funds would go toward training workers in high-demand fields.

    Community College System President Scott Ralls joined the governor at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) for the announcement.

    McCrory promotes community college job training
    The Associated Press
    April 10, 2014

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday that he wants legislators to allow North Carolina's 58 community colleges to retain and repurpose money they have saved to train more students in high-demand fields so their region's employers can hire for hard-to-fill positions.
    The effort is designed to focus upon dozens of occupations that may only need a two-year degree or certificate training, including truck drivers, engineering and biotechnology technicians and health sciences.
    The governor also envisions the initiative as advantageous to recruiting businesses to build in North Carolina or expand by showing the state is serious about filling skilled positions of employers.
    Read the rest here.

    WNCT 4.11.2014


    "Cape Fear Community College strives to provide programs for our students that will help them quickly train for good jobs in our area. The Closing the Skills Gap initiative will help us to react to the changing needs of our students and area businesses," said CFCC president Ted Spring, in response to McCrory’s announcement. ("CFCC High On List To Earn Back Saved Funds," by Jenny Callison, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, April 10, 2014)

    Community colleges to receive $16.8 million in next budget
    by Mary Elizabeth Robertson
    Hickory Daily Record
    April 11, 2014

    McCrory said funds were a way to reward those who looked for savings.

    “Instead of punishing schools for finding savings, we want to reward them,” he said. “My administration wants to close the skills gap by reinvesting now $16.8 in the state’s 58 community colleges to train students and workers in high-demand and well-paying jobs.”
    McCrory said each community college would have flexibility to use the money how they best saw fit.

    “We are not going to direct them out of Raleigh,” McCrory said. “You are going to direct your own needs based on the strengths in Catawba County. … (I’ll) let you make that decision.”

    ...Read the rest here.

  • April 10, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

    Hickory, NC - Governor Pat McCrory has proposed reinvesting $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state’s 58 community colleges to train workers in high-demand fields such as health sciences, engineering, construction, manufacturing, transportation, chemical and biotechnology fields. 

    “This is all about putting North Carolinians in good-paying jobs as soon as possible,” Governor McCrory said. “More importantly, the decisions on how to invest the funds will be made at the local level to directly connect the training to the area economy.” 

    The governor made the announcement at Catawba Valley Community College near Hickory. He was joined by Dr. Scott Ralls, North Carolina Community College System president and Catawba Valley president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw. 

    “Reinvesting these funds provides increased support to colleges in areas where they need it most,” said Ralls. “This initiative will allow our colleges to be more responsive by providing increased flexibility to address the needs of business and industry by funding high-cost, credential-focused programs that are integral to ensuring North Carolina has a skilled workforce.”

    Under the governor’s “Closing the Skills Gap” initiative, each community college will decide how it will invest the money, such as updating equipment or providing salary supplements to faculty. The decision will be based on the needs of the communities and the employers they serve.  

    The occupations targeted by the community colleges provide local employment opportunities and are in growing industries that pay higher wages. Local employment and skills demand input collected by the community colleges was correlated with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

    “This is the type of community and employer responsiveness prospective job creators like to see when they are looking to establish or relocate facilities, “ said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “This initiative will make North Carolina more competitive because it shows our community colleges are nimble when it comes to providing the skill set business need to grow and prosper.”

    Another distinction of the “Closing the Skills” program is it will focus on jobs that do not necessarily require graduate or undergraduate degrees. Recent research by the Brookings Institution found that half of the occupations in high-demand STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) don’t require a four-year degree and pay an average $53,000 annual wage. This wage is higher than the average wage in nearly every county served by the state’s 58 community colleges. 

    Funding for “Closing the Gap" will not come from additional taxes. The $16.8 million price tag will come from the $18 million in savings the community college system generated by streamlining their developmental (remedial) education programs to ensure students are taking only the remedial programs courses they need. For example, a student who needs instructional help with fractions can take a concentrated four-week module instead of the traditional full semester of developmental math. This more diagnostic approach will put the student on his or her career or university path quicker and lower the cost of education for them and their families. 

    Essentially, the “Closing the Skills Gap” initiative will re-direct resources previously used to reteach high school level courses and invest them into providing North Carolina workers with the skills to become nurses, radiography technicians, machinists, electricians or be qualified for an array of other well-paying jobs.

    The “Closing the Skills Gap” plan is in line with the call by the North Carolina Economic Development Board in its recently released Jobs Plan to enhance the state’s career and technical education programs.


    Targeted Occupations Covered Under “Closing the Skills Gap” Initiative

    Health Sciences

    • Nurses

    • Dental Hygienists

    • Dental Assistants

    • Dental Laboratory Technicians

    • Occupational Therapy Assistant

    • Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant

    • Radiation Therapists

    • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

    • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology/Technician

    • Nuclear Medicine Technologists

    • Radiologic Technologists

    •Surgical Technologists


    Biological, Chemical, and Biotechnology

    • Biological Technicians

    • Chemical Technicians

    • Chemical Plant and System Operators

    • Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders


    Manufacturing, Production, and Installation

    • Machinists and Precision Metal Workers

    • Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technician

    • Medical Equipment Repairers

    • Industrial Machine Mechanics

    • Machine Maintenance Workers

    • Electrical Power-Line Transmission Installers

    • Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers


    Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

    •Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

    •Civil Engineering Technicians

    •Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

    •Electro-Mechanical Technicians

    •Industrial Engineering Technicians

    •Mechanical Engineering Technicians

    •Nuclear and Industrial Radiologic Technicians

    •Architectural and Civil Drafters

    •Electrical and Electronics Drafters

    •Mechanical Drafters

    •Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection

    •Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters


    •Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technicians

    •Construction Equipment Operators and Operating Engineers 



    • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

    • Air Transportation

    • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

    • Automotive Body and Related Repairers

    • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    • Avionics Technicians

    • Bus and Truck Mechanics

    • Diesel Engine Specialists

    • Boat Mechanics and Service Technicians

    • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

    Estimated College Funding Under “Closing the Skills Gap” Initiative 


  • April 4, 2014 • Agriculture, • Education

    Raleigh, NC - North Carolina’s executive mansion will welcome visitors to take in the gardens at the annual Garden Open House. The grounds will be open for self-guided tours Saturday, April 12 from noon-3 p.m.

    "Pat and I are honored to live in such an exquisite historic home," First Lady Ann McCrory said. "We welcome everyone who can make the trip, to come over and take in the beauty of the gardens. Bring your family and friends to celebrate spring in North Carolina."

    Garden docents will be stationed throughout the property to share their knowledge and answer questions about the grounds and sustainable gardening practices. Head groundskeeper Gerald Adams will greet guests in the vegetable garden. Reservations are not needed or accepted.

    Although the present executive mansion has been in existence since 1891, the gardens as you see them were not begun until nearly 100 years later. Despite their relatively young age, the mansion gardens are remarkably full of colorful perennials, shrubs, trees, bulbs and annuals combined in interesting ways. Visitors to the garden delight in seeing both native and exotic plant species, a koi pond, bee hives and a large vegetable garden that provides produce for the first family and local families in need through donations to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle “Plant a Row for the Hungry” Campaign.

    Home to North Carolina governors since 1891, the Victorian-style mansion was built with native materials and was once described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as having “the most beautiful governor’s residence interior in America.”

    The executive mansion is located at 200 North Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601. Governor McCrory is the 29th governor to live in the mansion. He is the 74th governor of North Carolina since statehood.

    The executive mansion docent program is administered by the Department of Cultural Resources. For more information, please call Terra Schramm at (919) 715-3962.

  • April 1, 2014 • Education
    Raleigh, NC -  Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed April 2, 2014 as "World Autism Awareness Day" and the entire month of April as "World Autism Awareness Month," encouraging citizens to cultivate a better understanding of autism and its prevalence in North Carolina.
    The governor and first lady will illuminate the executive mansion in blue the evening of April 1. Lights go on at 7:30 p.m April 1, right before sunset.
    The mansion lighting is a part of the "Light It Up Blue" campaign, sponsored by the national organization Autism Speaks.
    "Autism awareness is critical for early detection," First Lady Ann McCrory said. "With 1 in 68 American children being diagnosed with autism, Pat and I would like to join organizations around the world to celebrate this day of awareness by lighting up the executive mansion and the western residence blue."
    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides a variety of services to people with autism.  Services are provided through the LME/MCO using state funds and primarily through the Medicaid Innovations waiver for people with I/DD. 
    In addition, services are provided through the Division of State Operation Health Facilities and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation which provide employment services for individuals with autism. Services through DHHS  support individuals with autism from early childhood through adulthood.
    Research has shown that early intervention plays a critical role for children on the autism spectrum. Recognizing this, the North Carolina Division of Mental Health contracts with three nonprofit organizations: The ABC of NC Child Development Center, Easter Seals UCP and The Mariposa School.
    These organizations support early intervention services in North Carolina. Through the contracts, these programs offer financial support and scholarships for children 3-5 years old on the autism spectrum, allowing them to attend programs specifically focused on their strengths in addition to their needs.
    Through methods such as applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and functional communication training, children served in these programs have improved outcomes in social interactions, communication and transitions to the public education system.
    Read the proclamation here.

  • Program will feature breakout sessions and speech by Kenneth Morris Jr., descendant of abolitionist Frederick Douglass

    March 28, 2014 • Education, • Ethics and Accountability

    Raleigh, NC -  In 2013, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that increased criminal penalties for human trafficking and related crimes. It also preserved the state’s human trafficking commission. He also signed a law adding human trafficking to the list of criminal convictions that require registration under the s ex offender and public protection registration program. 
    "We must do all we can to prevent vulnerable people from falling victim to these acts of evil and rightly punish offenders," Governor McCrory said.

    One of the aims of S.B. 683 is to create a safe harbor for victims of human trafficking and for prostituted minors.
    In order to raise awareness of human trafficking, the Governor’s Office of Community and Constituent Affairs, the Department of Administration's Council for Women, AT&T and the Governor’s Crime Commission will host a day-long event to help address this injustice.
    The event will take place on March 31. Middle school, high school, college students and adults are encouraged to attend.


    Morning Session: 9:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m.


    New venue: Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School

    2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610


    Afternoon Sessions (workshops): 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Keynote Speaker): 7-8 p.m.


    Same venue: Hope Community Church

    821 Buck Jones road, Raleigh, NC 27606


    Registration Update: Please note that online registration has expired, however, walk-ins may register at the entrance until occupancy is met. First come, first served basis.

    Kenneth B. Morris Jr., great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington, will be the keynote speaker. Morris is the founder of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, an abolitionist organization that considers human trafficking the 21st-century equivalent of  slavery.

  • March 21, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC - Ten individual properties and districts across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources are pleased to announce.

    "One of the most enjoyable and fulfilling roles of being governor has been getting to know our state's history through and through," Governor McCrory said. "Traveling throughout the state has given me a much deeper appreciation for the wealth of historic places we have. I'm thankful the National Register sees the immeasurable cultural value of North Carolina."

    The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of buildings, structures, objects, sites and districts worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archeology and culture.

    "The National Register is a vital tool in the preservation of our state's historic resources. I am proud that North Carolina is a leader in the nation's historic preservation movement," said Susan Kluttz, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

    It is estimated that North Carolina has approximately 73,300 National Register properties.

    The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property. Over the years, various federal and state incentives have been introduced to assist private preservation initiatives, including tax credits for the rehabilitation of National Register properties. As of Jan. 1, 2014, 3,000 rehabilitation projects with total estimated expenditures of $1.7 billion have been completed.

    The following properties were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently approved by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register:

    In Central and Southeastern North Carolina

    Old South Mebane Historic District Boundary Increase, Mebane, Alamance County, listed 12/16/13

    The Old South Mebane Historic District Boundary Increase includes houses in three small clusters and one long linear section adjacent to the Old South Mebane Historic District (NR 2011) in the city of Mebane. The boundary increase is similar to the original historic district in boasting a wide array of domestic architectural styles from the early 20th century through the early 1960s, including the Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Period Cottage, Minimal Traditional, Ranch and Modernist styles.

    Fort Caswell Historic District, Oak Island, Brunswick County, listed 12/31/13

    Located at the southeast tip of Oak Island, Fort Caswell functioned as a guardian of blockade runners during the Civil War and had a role in the monitoring of German submarines off the East Coast of the United States during World War II. The 91 buildings and structures in the Fort Caswell Historic District reflect the installation's transformation from a military outpost, begun in the early 19th century, to a religious retreat center and camp established in the mid-20th century.

    Durham Hosiery Mills Dye House, Durham, Durham County, listed 1/22/14

    The Durham Hosiery Mills Dye House is historically important as an integral part of the Durham Hosiery Mills Corporation's operations headquartered in Durham. Built in 1920-1921, the building served as a dyeing facility for mills that were part of the largest cotton hosiery manufacturing company in the United States by the early 1920s. The company owned 15 mills by that time and it is likely that this dye house served two nearby mills without dye houses-in Carrboro and in Mebane-in addition to the company's mill in Durham.

    Hillside Park High School, Durham, Durham County, listed 12/30/13

    Hillside Park High School (most recently known as J. A. Whitted Junior High School), a Classical Revival-style, brick school that dates to 1922, was the first high school for African-Americans in Durham. Located in the historic African-American community of Hayti, the school chronicles the advancement of African-American education in Durham during the early and mid-20th century in the context of a segregated school system. Built in 1954-1955, a three-story brick, T-shaped addition with a one-story-on-basement gymnasium rear wing connects to the east end of the original school. This addition resulted from the school's 1950 conversion to an elementary school as well as the Durham Board of Education's efforts to satisfy a lawsuit that successfully challenged Durham's inequities in funding African-American schools at a level similar to white schools.

    Louise Cotton Mill, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, listed 12/31/13

    Louise Cotton Mill is architecturally significant in Charlotte as an intact representative example of turn-of-the-20th-century heavy-timber mill construction. Built in 1897 and 1901, the distinctive U-shaped textile mill counts among Charlotte's oldest industrial buildings. The 1897 western wing is a full two-story brick building with an intact monitor roof running the full-length of the wing. The 1901 addition comprise two sections, a two-story connecting wing and a long one-story weaving room with a tall basement.

    James D. and Frances Sprunt Cottage, Wrightsville Beach, New Hanover County, listed 12/18/13

    The 1937 James D. and Frances Sprunt Cottage exemplifies stylish beach cottages constructed in Wrightsville Beach during the early 20th century by well-to-do residents of neighboring Wilmington. The elevated two-story, three-bay frame cottage is notable for its retention of characteristics associated with the architecture and coastal way of life of Wrightsville Beach during the first half of the 20th century. These features include cedar-shingle sheathing and a main-level porch with an upper deck on the east elevation and a double-tier wraparound porch on the west and south elevations providing spacious areas to enjoy the cooling breezes off the ocean and the sound.

    In Eastern North Carolina

    Valentine-Wilder House, Spring Hope vicinity, Nash County, listed 12/31/13

    The Valentine-Wilder House, located just outside the town of Spring Hope, is one of a small group of early 20th-century Rustic Revival-style log houses built in the coastal plain of eastern North Carolina. The house was built c. 1925 by Itimous Thaddeus Valentine, who practiced law in Nash County, served in WWI and WWII, and was an associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. The log house was constructed using corner notching of the logs in the saddle-notch configuration, the most widely used system from this time period. Notable interior features include a staircase with a balustrade composed of slender, cypress logs as balusters, a pine log handrail, and newel posts of more substantial cedar trunks.

    In Western North Carolina

    Oakdale Cemetery, Hendersonville, Henderson County, listed 2/5/14

    Established in 1885, the 22-acre Oakdale Cemetery, which includes memorials to veterans of both World Wars as well as a paupers' cemetery, is locally significant in the areas of social history and African-American heritage for its representation of Hendersonville's diverse population. The cemetery is also significant for its collection of funerary art. Expanded in 1913, 1943, 1938 and 1950, the cemetery has a period of significance from 1885 to 1960.

    Eureka Manufacturing Company Cotton Mill, Lincolnton, Lincoln County, listed 12/18/13

    Eureka Manufacturing Company Cotton Mill in Lincolnton is historically important for its contributions to the industrial history of the Lincoln County seat. The mill property stands close to downtown and includes two buildings -- a two-story brick office/dye house built sometime between 1902 and 1906, and a large two-story brick mill building erected shortly thereafter. In 1910, a visitor reported that the company made coarse yarns from floor sweepings at other mills. The mill was in yarn production between ca. 1910 and 1937 and again from 1949 to 1966.

    Flat Top Estate, Blowing Rock vicinity, Watauga County, listed 12/24/13

    Flat Top Estate, the western mountain home of Greensboro textile magnate Moses Cone, reflects the wealth and social status Cone gained from his extensive textile enterprises. With his brother Ceasar Cone, Moses Cone was an innovator who introduced denim manufacturing to the South and transformed numerous aspects of the textile industry in the late 19th century. The estate is also of statewide importance in the area of social history as a private family retreat encompassing thousands of acres featuring a designed network of carriage roads. Flat Top Manor, the impressive 1899-1900 Colonial Revival-style house that anchors the estate, is among North Carolina's most distinctive and academic examples of the period architectural style.

    High resolution photos can be downloaded at


    About the National Register of Historic Places

    The National Register was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to ensure that as a matter of public policy, properties significant in national, state, and local history are considered in the planning of federal undertakings, and to encourage historic preservation initiatives by state and local governments and the private sector. The Act authorized the establishment of a State Historic Preservation Office in each state and territory to help administer federal historic preservation programs.

    In North Carolina, the State Historic Preservation Office is an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Kevin Cherry, the Department's deputy secretary of archives and history, is North Carolina's State Historic Preservation Officer. The North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee, a board of professionals and citizens with expertise in history, architectural history and archeology, meets three times a year to advise Dr. Cherry on the eligibility of properties for the National Register and the adequacy of nominations.

    The National Register nominations for the recently listed properties may be read in their entirety by clicking on a link on the National Register page of the State Historic Preservation Office website. For more information on the National Register, including the criteria for listing, see this page.

    About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

    The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

    Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities.

    NCDCR's Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

    NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit


  • Will light executive mansion and western residence in blue

    March 20, 2014 • Education
    Raleigh, NC -  Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory will host a ceremony illuminating the executive mansion in blue tonight at 5:30 p.m. and into tomorrow to raise awareness and show support for individuals with Down syndrome. The western residence in Asheville will also be illuminated in blue tonight and tomorrow.

    The governor has proclaimed Friday, March 21 "World Down Syndrome Day," an internationally recognized day chosen for the third copy of the 21st chromosome (3-21) that defines the genetic condition.
    "Our administration is committed to providing care and support for those with Down syndrome and their families," Governor McCrory said."Our efforts are focused on awareness, outreach and a Department of Health & Human Services that offers adequate care for the whole person."
    Members of the Triangle Down Syndrome Network and Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network, two regional family support and advocacy groups, will join the governor at the executive mansion.


    “Individuals who have Down syndrome contribute to a diverse community and bring their individual gifts to make North Carolina a better place to live,” said Triangle Down Syndrome Network Board President Jerry Higgins. “We all need to remember this fact: An individual with Down syndrome is an individual first and foremost.”


    Nancy Lowther and her daughter, Jenny, will provide orchestral bells with piano accompaniment at the reception and ceremony.


    “It was inspiring to join First Spouses from across the country last year through the Light the Way event,” said First Lady McCrory. “Pat and I are overjoyed that we are continuing to celebrate these individuals and raise awareness for Down syndrome cognitive research, right here in North Carolina.”
    The event is open to credentialed press and commences with a reception for families.


    Read a copy of the proclamation here.

  • March 17, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory congratulated this year’s recipients of the Education and Workforce grants. The program is aimed at strengthening successful, innovative education programs that combine academic rigor and skills development with the goal of graduating every student both college and career ready.

    “These grants will accelerate innovation and partnerships with business and higher education in schools throughout North Carolina, and will empower our educators to be creative in how we prepare our students for college and a career,” said Governor McCrory. “I want to thank the members of our Education and Workforce Innovation Commission for their commitment to support students from diverse regions, communities, and schools around North Carolina and to ensure that all students, regardless of background, have access to the exciting opportunities these grants will bring about.”

    The Education and Workforce Innovation Fund was created in the 2013 legislative session. Grants will support five year programs in districts throughout North Carolina.

    Members of the Education and Workforce Innovation Commission include State Superintendent June Atkinson, University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross, North Carolina Community Colleges President Scott Ralls, State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey and other business leaders from around the state. Billie Redmond, Chief Executive Officer of TradeMark Properties, acts as Commission Chair.

    Here is a list of the grants:
    • Durham Public Schools ($800,000): The district will partner with Durham Technical Community College and local businesses to build an ambitious education-to-career system called Made in Durham that prepares all young people for careers.
    • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools ($800,000): The grant will increase the effectiveness of two existing career academy programs and expand the number of STEM career academies in Information Technology and Health Sciences.
    • Surry County Schools ($800,000): The funds will create a “Career and College Culture” with emphasis on STEM skills throughout middle schools in their district.
    • Davidson County, Lexington City, and Thomasville City Schools – Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy ($350,000): This grant will support Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy, an economic development initiative to re-invent high school around students’ career interests, using a rigorous STEM curriculum integrated with relevant work and community experiences, and innovative uses of technology.
    • Duplin County Schools ($800,000): Duplin County Schools will use its grant to expand the district’s current STEM focus to elementary schools.
    • Buncombe County Schools ($800,000): Buncombe County Schools’ project will provide enriched science curriculum for all fifth grade students, and will support the educator professional development and community engagement strategies necessary to building a true STEM culture in Buncombe Schools.
    • Beaufort County Schools ($800,000): The grant will establish Career Academies at all three of the district's traditional high schools.
    • Granville, Franklin, Vance and Warren Counties ($800,000): Grant funds will support a “Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance” between Granville County Schools, Franklin County Schools, Vance County Schools, Warren County Schools and Vance-Granville Community College.
    • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County – Kennedy High School ($350,000): Grant funds will support the development of a college-going, career-ready culture at Kennedy Middle and High School, through partnerships with Forsyth Tech and local business and industry that will allow all students will receive a viable and meaningful workplace experiences.
    • Chatham, Harnett and Lee Counties ($800,000): This project will increase dual enrollment participation in the tri-county area by employing full-time Career and College Advisors in each of the area’s nine public high schools in order to build faculty, administrative, and curricular capacity for guiding students and families through the full range of educational career pathways. Central Carolina Community College will collaborate with each LEA to employ, train, and supervise advisors as they direct student counseling, professional development, and curriculum enhancement.
    • Rutherford County Schools ($800,000): Rutherford County Schools will use grant funds to create engaging, innovative high school career concentration pathways and scale up evidence-based design principles already in place in Rutherford Early College High School. RCS will leverage agency partnerships with the Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation, Isothermal Community College and 450 constituent members of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.



March 3, 2014Education

WHEREAS, North Carolina’s high school graduation rate is continuing to rise to record levels, but nearly 17 percent of the state’s children are still not completing high school; and

WHEREAS, an educated and skilled workforce is an essential component of future economic development in North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, middle school is a critical point for dropout prevention; and

WHEREAS, the business community is an important partner in the education of North Carolina’s students; and

WHEREAS, job shadowing and mentoring opportunities offer students a chance to explore various career options and to set goals for the future; and 

WHEREAS, Students@Work Week is a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education; and

WHEREAS, more than 30,000 middle school students participated in Student@Work week in all 100 North Carolina counties in 2013;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pat McCrory, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim March 3-7, 2014, as “STUDENTS@WORK WEEK” in North Carolina, and challenge business leaders across our state to provide job shadowing opportunities for middle school students.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-seventh day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


Pat McCrory


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