Greensboro, NC -- One of the biggest obstacles for companies is finding qualified people, especially for skilled labor positions.
Companies in North Carolina, especially in the Triad, are forming partnerships with local community colleges to train students for employment. Caterpillar worked with Forsyth Technical Community College when the company built a plant in Winston-Salem. Aviation companies are working with Guilford Technical Community College to groom future employees trained in specific areas.
Monday, US Senator Kay Hagan toured Columbiana Hi Tech (CHT) in Greensboro. Hagan and Don Olson, President and COO of CHT, announced a partnership between Columbiana and the North Carolina Community College system.
The goal of this partnership is to ensure that workers have the skills and expertise needed to manufacture the high-quality products for which Columbiana is known.
Columbiana Hi Tech is a leading manufacturer serving the needs of nuclear utilities and related industries. They are the world's largest manufacturer of front-end radioactive packaging for the commercial nuclear fuel market.
"I believe these types of partnerships - between employers and community colleges - are exactly what we need to get our economy back on track and get people back to work," said Hagan. "Employers should not be struggling to fill jobs when families are still struggling to make ends meet. That's why I introduced the AMERICA Works Act, a commonsense jobs bill that encourages industry and community colleges across the nation to make connections that will made sure job training programs are making workers job ready."