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The ‘Middle Skills’ Gap: Half of America’s Jobs Require More Than High School Diplomas but Less Than 4-Year Degrees. So Why Are They Under So Many Students’ Radars?

The ‘Middle Skills’ Gap: Half of America’s Jobs Require More Than High School Diplomas but Less Than 4-Year Degrees. So Why Are They Under So Many Students’ Radars?

Middle Skill jobs account for 53 percent of United States’ labor market, but only 43 percent of the country’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level.

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Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs

Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs

Watch as Carolina Impact explores Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship programs.  Apprenticeships in manufacturing may be the perfect fit for talented high school grads.

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High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

While a shortage of workers is pushing wages higher in the skilled trades, the financial return from a bachelor’s degree is softening, even as the price — and the average...

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Students steer clear of student debt and flock to trade schools and high-demand technical careers

Students steer clear of student debt and flock to trade schools and high-demand technical careers

The average college student graduates with about $40,000 dollars in debt, and that four-year degree doesn’t always lead to a job right away. That’s why more and more students are...

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Is this the future of retail?

Is this the future of retail?

Kroger said Thursday that it had partnered with Ocado to bring the company’s cutting-edge technology to the United States – robots that can pack a 50-item grocery order in a...

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Awarded $560,000 from Golden Leaf Foundation for Advanced Manufacturing

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Awarded $560,000 from Golden Leaf Foundation for Advanced Manufacturing

The goal of the grant is to increase enrollment in manufacturing career pathways. The project includes renovation of space on the College’s North Campus in Salisbury, funds to develop an...

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Breaking ground on the new Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Research Campus

Breaking ground on the new Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Research Campus

The Advanced Technology Center project is the result of collaborative funding by both private and public partners. The combined efforts and support of the Cabarrus County Bond Referendum ($9 million),...

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Apprenticeship 2000 – Meet the Kwiatkowski Brothers

Apprenticeship 2000 – Meet the Kwiatkowski Brothers

Get to know Nick and Lukas Kwiatkowski, brothers in their early 20s who found an innovative apprenticeship program that helps them build the skills — and earn the credentials —...

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The new face of the freshman class

The new face of the freshman class

If you think of a “college freshman” as a dorm-dwelling 18-year-old, think again. Instead consider a 52-year-old grandmother of four … a 26-year-old high school dropout … a 23-year old...

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UNCTV explores Mechatronics at CPCC and in the Metro region

UNCTV explores Mechatronics at CPCC and in the Metro region

What is Mechatronics? Watch as UNCTV finds out.

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New building on Yadkin SCC campus to open in July

New building on Yadkin SCC campus to open in July

The G. Allen Mebane IV Industrial Training Center, the newest addition to the Yadkin County campus of Surry Community College, is slated for completion in July and students will be...

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Edgecombe Community College Grant for Advanced Manufacturing Center

Edgecombe Community College Grant for Advanced Manufacturing Center

ROCKY MOUNT — The Golden LEAF Foundation’s Board of Directors announced today a $10 million grant to construct and equip a state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at the Kingsboro Megasite...

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Michelin launches first-of-its kind high school apprentice program in Greenville

Michelin launches first-of-its kind high school apprentice program in Greenville

“This apprenticeship program is the first of its kind,” Clark said. “This is the first one, so the goal is to do this in other facilities like this all around...

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GE Aviation Expanding Two North Carolina Plants

GE Aviation Expanding Two North Carolina Plants

Necessary To Meet Growing Demand For Jet Engines, Company Says Just five years after breaking ground, GE Aviation is investing an additional $105 million in its Asheville, NC, production facility...

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Packaging manufacturer selects N.C. for $31M North American HQ

Packaging manufacturer selects N.C. for $31M North American HQ

The U.S. subsidiary of Swiss pharmaceutical and cosmetics packaging manufacturer Hoffmann Neopac has selected Wilson County for its first U.S. manufacturing plant and new North American headquarters. Neopac US plans...

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German auto parts maker picks Charlotte developer for its $24M Mooresville project

German auto parts maker picks Charlotte developer for its $24M Mooresville project

A German auto parts manufacturer planning its first U.S. plant in Mooresville has picked a Charlotte developer for the project. The project was announced just before Christmas as a $23.6...

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Japanese, German companies to add 100-plus jobs in Mecklenburg County

Japanese, German companies to add 100-plus jobs in Mecklenburg County

Two internationally based companies are expected to add more than 100 jobs combined in Mecklenburg County. Yokohama Tire Corp., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Yokohama Rubber Co., and Kurz, a hot...

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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

High schools and colleges have struggled for decades to attract students to job-oriented classes ranging from welding to nursing. They’ve tried cosmetic changes, such as rebranding “vocational” courses as “career...

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