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PCC Board of Trustees unanimously approve resolution to support myFutureNC in effort to align educational programs with industry needs

Published Wednesday, September 2, 2020
by Elizabeth Townsend

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At Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Board of Trustees meeting on August 4, the College’s directors unanimously approved a resolution that supports the attainment goals of myFutureNC. This goal includes closing the educational attainment gap by ensuring that 2 million North Carolinians have a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree by 2030.

The resolution states that PCC is committed to acting as a catalyst for local and regional economic development by providing education and training to address current and emerging workforce needs.

In addition, the College, along with other key partners, will help advance the educational attainment of students in North Carolina by enriching lives through education, training, and cultural opportunities for lifelong learning and professional success in local, regional, and global communities.

"Community colleges are uniquely situated to support the workforce needs of our state. Their partnership is necessary to achieve our goal of ensuring that 2 million students achieve a high-quality credential or post secondary degree by 2030," said Cecilia Holden, President and CEO of myFutureNC. "Piedmont Community College plays a pivotal role in their community in expanding access to high quality educational opportunities to increase attainment and the quality of life for their students, community and North Carolina overall."

Piedmont Community College, in consort with leaders in business, education, state and local government, and community organizations, will continue to foster partnerships to achieve this goal.

“We are proud to join myFutureNC in closing the skills gap by preparing North Carolina residents for the jobs of the future,” shares Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, President, Piedmont Community College. “Education and training have always been important, but increasingly, business and industry want credentials, along with soft skills and real-world experience for their positions.”

In both Person and Caswell counties, PCC already offers opportunities such as:
• Free preparation to earn a high school equivalency;
• North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate;
• Pathways for high school students to prepare for college and employment;
• Short-term training leading to national and international credentials;
• Short-term training that offers college credit towards a degree;
• Work-based learning opportunities (also known as internships) in face-to-face and virtual settings;
• Customized training to assist industries train employees on specialized equipment.

“As we work to meet myFutureNC’s ambitious goal, and enrich the future of our communities, PCC is committed to modernizing our facilities, integrating internships into academic work, and to creating partnerships from which our students will benefit,” Senegal stated.

About myFutureNC
myFutureNC is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on education attainment and is the result of cross-section collarboration between North Carolina leaders in education, business, and government. The organization’s mission is to prepare North Carolina for the future by empowering individuals, strengthening communities, and ensuring our economic viability in a global economy. myFutureNC is working across sectors and in communities throughout the state to:
• Close gaps in postsecondary attainment;
• Promote alignment between educational programming and business/industry needs;
• Ultimately improve the quality of educational opportunities for all North Carolinians.
Visit www.myfuturenc.org/ to learn more.

About Piedmont Community College
Celebrating 50 years in 2020, Piedmont Community College is a welcoming environment for all students. In fact, alumni and current students alike value the individual attention received by faculty and staff, often sharing that PCC’s atmosphere offers the opportunity for growth in and out of the classroom.

Considered the Hometown College of residents in Person and Caswell counties, PCC’s Team encourages students to participate in student and community events and organizations to broaden their collegiate experience, as well as to strengthen their leadership skills. Learn more at www.piedmontcc.edu.
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