Haywood Community College was awarded over $2 million from the United States Department of Labor Grant as part of a consortium across the state. These federal workforce development funds will be used to retrain displaced workers for advanced manufacturing jobs.

The grant was submitted in partnership with nine other NC community colleges and supported by public school systems, Workforce Development Boards, JobLink Centers, and multiple industries including Sonoco Products, Consolidated Metco, and West CATV Supplies.

“Haywood Community College is extremely pleased to have received funding that will enable the college to expand its Advanced Manufacturing educational opportunities,” says Dr. Rose Johnson, HCC President. “As one of ten community colleges in the NC Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, HCC will participate in the creation of a new learning model to place the unemployed, dislocated workers and others in viable advanced manufacturing jobs.” 

The alliance aims to quickly assess, train, and certify displaced manufacturing workers in 17 counties across the state. In addition, new programs will be introduced to meet industry needs and online learning will be bolstered.

Schools in the NC consortium will share $18.8 million over a three year period. The schools include Haywood Community College, Asheville-Buncombe, Beaufort, Craven, Davidson, Edgecombe, Fayetteville, Nash, Robeson, and Surry.