The Charlotte Regional Workforce Development Partnership (CRWDP) was established to serve as a support organization to the Charlotte Regional Partnership to address the needs of both the workforce and the special training needs of business and industry. By providing customized training, the ten community colleges in the partnership complement the Charlotte Regional Partnership in attracting new jobs to the region. The CRWDP creates resource development opportunities by capitalizing on each community college's strengths and focusing on collaboration and partnerships.
- Population of 2.8 million; labor force 1.5 million strong
- Home to 7 Fortune 500 headquarters, including Bank of America, Duke Energy and Lowe’s
- Largest concentration of foreign-owned firms between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga.
- Nationally recognized state training programs in both Carolinas; customized training can be implemented on site
- 42 colleges, universities and community colleges with more than 50 campuses throughout the region
- One of every four IT workers in the Carolinas based in Charlotte region
- More than 60,000 financial services employees
- Strong history as manufacturing hub; highest concentration of manufacturing employment in the Carolinas
- One of highest rates of educational attainment in the U.S.; city of Charlotte ranked seventh among “Smartest Cities in the U.S."
- Labor force expected to reach 1.5 million by the end of 2016
- 25-45 age group growing faster than national average
- One out of every five newcomers to the Carolinas, moves to the Charlotte region
- Rate of in-migration to Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury Combined Statistical Area (CSA) outpaces other major urban areas around the South
- Concentration of global operations (more than 950 foreign-owned firms here) creating significant international presence
- Magnet for talent from around the globe; region averages nearly 100,000 new residents each year
Right to Work States
North Carolina and South Carolina have Right to Work laws, which
permit individual workers to choose whether or not they wish to join a labor union
With 2.1 percent and 3 percent, South Carolina and North Carolina boasts the first and second lowest unionization rates in the nation, respectively.
State Workforce Training Programs
- Job Development Tax Credits available for qualifying firms
- Both states consistently ranked among Top 10 of U.S. State Training Programs over past decade
- Workforce Development Boards dedicated to bridging the gap between local employer needs and existing educational resources
North Carolina State Training Programs
- North Carolina JobLink Career Centers offer businesses a single place to access a variety of free programs and services including recruitment, on-the-job training and customized on-site training programs to meet individual employer needs.
- More than 100 centers are located throughout the state, nearly one in each of North Carolina's 100 counties
- Twenty-four local Workforce Development Boards provide coordination for state's workforce training programs, establishing oversight and chartering JobLink programs in their respective communities
- For more information, visit North Carolina Workforce Services
South Carolina State Training Programs
- readySC™, a division of the South Carolina Technical College system, provides recruiting, assessment and training services to qualifying companies. Established in 1961, readySC™ is one of the oldest, most experienced workforce training programs in the U.S.. South Carolina is one of the few states in the nation that provides project management staff for the duration of the training project.
readySC™ has been used extensively by companies such as Boeing, Monster.com, H.J. Heinz, GE Heathcare and BMW. Provisions under this program provide that:
1) The jobs must be permanent;
2) Salaries are competitive;
3) Health insurance is included in benefits package;
4) A sufficient number of jobs are created to make training cost-effective.
For more information, visit www.readysc.org
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)
- With more than 27,300 students, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the fourth-largest university of the 16 institutions within North Carolina's statewide university system.
- UNC Charlotte offers 21 doctoral degrees, 64 master’s degrees and 79 bachelor’s degrees.
- The university has the Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) to train the next generation of engineers and conduct industry-led research and development projects.
- The Belk College of Business, one of the largest business programs in the Carolinas, has 3,000+ undergraduate students, nearly 700 graduate students and 87 full-time faculty members.
- The newly constructed, 12-story Belk College of Business in uptown Charlotte, links students directly with businesses in the central business district.
- UNC Charlotte's College of Computing and Informatics offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science, bioinformatics and genomics, and software and information systems
- Graduates are hired by local firms such as MetLife, TIAA-CREF, Bank of America, Vanguard Group, Wells Fargo, Raytheon, IBM, Microsoft and others
- The motorsports engineering program is complimented by Belmont Abbey's motorsports marketing program
UNC Charlotte Research Centers and Institutes
- Charlotte Research Institute (CRI), housed on the UNC Charlotte campus, provides an expanded applied research platform for students and faculty alike. CRI was developed to explore collaborative research between the university and local industry.
- eBusiness Technology Institute partners with Bank of America and Wells Fargo/Wachovia to solve information privacy issues and conducts intelligent data analysis, systems integration and information visualization in the financial industry. The Center is expanding into research in bioinformatics and homeland security.
- Center for Precision Metrology is focused on precision engineering and measurement, including research in manufacturing processes and quality assurance for mechanical parts to within a millionth of a meter. Facilities include clean rooms and multiple metrology labs.
- Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications includes research areas in: design and fabrication of photonic devices, integrated optical circuitry, assembly and packaging of optical systems, optical materials, methods for precision optical metrology, and optical imaging and inverse methods for wavefront synthesis. The Center is allied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, The Carolinas MicroOptics Triangle, and the North Carolina Photonics Consortium.
- Bioinformatics Research Center is a joint effort by scientists within UNC Charlotte's departments of chemistry, biology, computer science and mathematics, as well as in the research division of Carolinas HealthCare System. The focus of the center is to use science and powerful computational tools in order to develop, apply and commercialize technological methods to extract knowledge from complex biological data.
- Among other UNC Charlotte institutes and interdisciplinary research centers are the Charlotte Visualization Center, Diversity in Information Technology Institute (DITI) and Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center
- Located north of Charlotte, NC in Davidson, NC
- Consistently ranked in the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report
- Ranked among top 20 colleges nationally by Princeton Review in several categories such as quality of professors, quality of life and overall academic experience
- Ranked 23 in 2014 by Forbes among 'America's Best Colleges'
- Graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars
- Majors offered in more than twenty fields, ranging from biology, economics, mathematics to political science, religion and theater
- Founded in 1857 as a female educational institution, it has since evolved into a co-ed university in Charlotte, NC
- The John Belk Program, established in 1989, encourages study abroad through internship and exchange programs
- The Hugh L. McColl Jr. School of Business, established in 1993, offers one of the strongest business/accounting programs in the region
- Total enrollment of 2,250 students offering bachelor's and master's degreed programs in accounting, business administration and management information systems
- Founded in 1905, Gardner-Webb University is an award-winning private, Christian, liberal arts institution that unites world-class academics, professional development and preparedness and a student-centered environment.
- Home to a nationally-recognized business school, a growing health sciences college, and a program that graduates more educators than any other private university in North Carolina, Gardner-Webb partners with our students. Together we redefine the classroom, foster transformative experiences, and cultivate a community that celebrates service and learning together.
- Nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and degree completion programs
- More than 70,000 hours of service performed by students every year around the globe
- 1 of only 6 Carnegie “National Universities” recognized for small class size, with all classes having less than 50 students
- #1 Online MBA for veterans in North and South Carolina
- 98% of alumni are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation
- 22 Division I athletic teams in the Big South and Southern Conferences
- Gardner-Webb provides higher education that prepares students for successful lives and careers around the corner and around the globe.
- Main campus located in Misenheimer, NC; has a graduate campus in Charlotte
- Strong international business program
- Earned the first-ever American accreditation for its International Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program issued by ACQUIN, the German accreditation agency.
Belmont Abbey College
- Located in Belmont, NC,15 miles west of downtown Charlotte, NC, Belmont Abbey is North Carolina's only Catholic College
- Total enrollment exceeds 1,647 students
- Bachelor's and Master's degreed programs offered in accounting, business administration, management information systems, marketing, international business, computer and information technology
Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU)
- Private, co-ed four-year liberal arts institution located on a 100-acre campus near uptown Charlotte
- Founded in 1867, one of the nation's oldest and strongest historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's)
- Total enrollment of 1,375 full -time students
- Committed to technology, each full-time student receives a wi-fi laptop with access to the campus-wide network through wired and wireless connectivity
- Consistently ranked among Top 50 Best Colleges and Universities for African Americans by Black Enterprise magazine
- Smith Institute for Applied Research is comprised of four centers: Centers for Excellence in Diversity and Business Workforce Development; Centers for Excellence in Global Education; Centers for Excellence in Homeland Security-Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Centers for Excellence in Minority Health
- Located south of Charlotte, NC in Wingate, NC.
- Total enrollment of 2,000 students
- Ranked 18th among southern comprehensive colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report: America's Best Colleges
- Named a 'Best College in the Southeastern Region' by The Princeton Review
- Total enrollment of 6,170 students; public four-year liberal arts college
- Located south of Charlotte, NC in Rock Hill, SC
- Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 Southern regional public universities in 2013
- Dalton Hall, a newly constructed 65,000 sf life sciences facility providing laboratory facilities for the biology and human nutrition departments, as well as office and research space for faculty
In last ten years, North Carolina and South Carolina have consistently ranked as having two of the top 10 State Training Programs, by Expansion Management magazine.
Central Piedmont Community College, located in Charlotte, is the largest of the 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System and serves 75,000 students annually. In total, ten community colleges across 15 campuses in Charlotte USA provide instruction to 130,000 students each year.
BioNetwork, a North Carolina-based program focused on biotechnology training, incorporates five N.C. community colleges across the region. They are:
- Central Piedmont Community College
- Cleveland Community College
- Gaston College
- Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
- South Piedmont Community College
Technical training programs that emphasize precision production, engineering technologies, mechanics and repair are offered at six regional community and technical colleges. They are:
- Catawba Valley Community College
- Cleveland Community College
- Mitchell Community College
- Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
- South Piedmont Community College
- York Technical College
More than 100 call centers are operating in the Charlotte region. To ensure these businesses have the workforce with the necessary skills, call center training programs are offered at:
To respond to the local IT talent gap, Central Piedmont Community College is taking the lead role in a federally-funded initiative known as REACH IT, which stands for the Regional Effort to Advance Charlotte Information Technology.
Awarded by the Department of Labor, this four-year grant positions CPCC to train unemployed and underemployed workers for mid-level professional jobs. Scholarship opportunities are available in two career fields: health information technology and business information technology. Visit REACH IT web page to learn more.
Complete list of Community Colleges operating in the Charlotte region:
- Catawba Valley Community College - Catawba and Alexander counties (NC)
- Central Piedmont Community College - Mecklenburg County (NC)
- Cleveland Community College - Cleveland County (NC)
- Gaston College - Gaston and Lincoln Counties (NC)
- Mitchell Community College - Iredell County (NC)
- Northeastern Technical College – Chesterfield County (SC)
- Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - Rowan and Cabarrus counties (NC)
- South Piedmont Community College - Anson and Union Counties (NC)
- Stanly Community College - Stanly County (NC)
- York Technical College - York, Chester, and Lancaster counties (SC)