The Southwest Prosperity Zone — which includes the 10 counties served by Charlotte Works, Centralina and Gaston County workforce development boards — received its advanced manufacturing career pathway certification at the NCWorks Commission quarterly meeting on Feb. 8 in Raleigh.
The year-long process addressed criteria outlined by North Carolina’s Department of Commerce such as employer engagement, collaboration, career awareness and work-based learning. Workforce, economic development, industry and educational partners played key roles in developing the pathway.
“This certified pathway represents a regional effort and will be used to educate and inform students and job-seekers about how to gain employment in the advanced manufacturing industry,” says Natasha Warren, business services director at Charlotte Works.
The group has already began work to certify a health care career pathway now that the advanced manufacturing pathway has moved into the implementation phase.
Interested in the work toward certified career pathways? Looking for ways to get involved? Contact Natasha Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.