NCC Selected as Resource College for Employability Project

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Pictured from left: NCC President, Dr. Bill Carver; Vice President, Corporate and Economic Development and Chief Economic Officer, Wendy Marlowe; Director, College & Career Readiness, Ivana Stevens; and North Carolina Community College System Interim President, Jennifer Haygood

Nash Community College (NCC) has been selected by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) to serve as the Resource College for the Employability Skills Alignment Project. NCCCS has initiated the Employability Skills Alignment Project to establish a collaborative effort to leverage resources across academic areas and develop a unified response to the identified need for effective “soft skill” training. This alignment project will leverage institutional resources and develop value added content modules that have utility across academic levels. This structure provides the advantage of consistent, effective training of employability skills, regardless of where a student begins their educational pursuits.

Employability skills are critical components of North Carolina’s economic growth. Employability skills are cross‐divisional (College and Career Readiness, Curriculum and Workforce Continuing Education) and play an essential part in the success of all industries and organizations. This project will be NCCCS managed, college driven and employer focused. As such it will engage System Office personnel, college faculty and staff and employer or association focus groups to ensure outcomes align with needs. The alignment project will strengthen programs supporting students in identified areas and specifically to meet Human Resources Development, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Career Pathway and Career & Technical Education outcomes.

As the lead college, NCC will utilize representative teams from multiple colleges providing perspective across the various academic areas, and incorporate voices from employers and industry association groups. This project will result in innovative and streamlined curriculum revision strategies which will have a long‐term, systemic impact in the targeted college service areas. For more information, contact ikstevens659@nashcc.edu.