Workforce Development

North Carolina Community Colleges lead the way in educating and training the workforce needed in a globally competitive economy. For more than 50 years, North Carolina’s community colleges have supported business and industry with customized training. North Carolina was the first in the nation to deliver company-specific instruction as a component of the state’s economic development efforts. Today, North Carolina continues this strong tradition through collaborative partnerships. Companies require continual access to a talented and qualified workforce. Our Customized Training Program is geared to train that workforce to exhibit the productive and innovative culture for which your organization is known and is necessary to ensure its success. We continue to partner with organizations in our area to provide excellent education, training and support services. Some of our partners include:


What We Do

The Customized Training Program provides education, training and support services for new, expanding and existing business and industry in North Carolina through our network of 58 community colleges, serving all 100 counties of the state. Our goal is to foster and support three key aspects of your company’s well-being:

  • Job Growth
  • Technology Investment
  • Productivity Enhancement


A WPCC student works in a shop settingThe Customized Training Program is designed to make a difference in your bottom line, whether your organization is creating jobs, investing in new machinery and equipment, or streamlining processes for efficiency.
Customized Training Program resources may support training needs assessment, instructional design, development and delivery. With our team of experts, we create customized media development and delivery, including process manuals, orientation and process DVDs and interactive learning solutions.  We offer a proven design process that is repeatable and ensures the development of high-quality learing solutions including classroom, lab and on-the-job training, and computer-based interactive programs and immersive 3-D simulation. The greatest asset at North Carolina Community Colleges is flexibility. In a rapidly changing global economy in which innovation means the difference between business success and failure, the skills industries require of their employees evolve more rapidly than ever before. North Carolina’s world-renowned Customized Training Program will create success for your company and your employees by quickly responding to industry’s changing skill needs.

NC Community Colleges: Creating Success For Business and Industry


How We Do It

Our services range from job profiling, pre-employment training and assessment, to post-hire technical and critical soft skills training. The overall focus of pre-employment training is to provide a mutual opportunity for both candidate and company to assess each other to determine if there is a good match for a long-term relationship. This is an opportunity to focus on your organization’s philosophy, values, vision, practices and demands of the job, as well as to hear from the candidates and observe them in structured exercises that will bring out some of the challenges of daily work. To initiate the design and development of your customized training plan, representatives from your local community college will collaborate with you to provide an instruction method tailored to your needs. We will work with you to get your workforce up and running at the speed of business. The road map we follow will be absolutely unique to your company.

Why We Do It

We recognize that the availability of a well-trained workforce is a critical consideration in your decision to locate, expand or remain in North Carolina. Working with our economic and workforce development partners, NC Community Colleges will assist you through the initial recruitment, personalized screening and customized training process. By preparing a workforce with the skills essential for success, we enhance your company’s competitiveness. Allow us to guide you through a customer-focused process with an end result of a qualified, motivated and productive workforce that will ensure both the initial and continued success of your organization.

Contact Us

For information about our Customized Training Program options, please contact David Smart, Director of Industry Services at (828) 448-6154 or via email (

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