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Pipeline to Employment Event

pipeline to employment

Connecting the classroom with the workplace 

On Monday, June 19, a group of teachers from GCPS joined leaders from local advanced manufacturing companies for a "Pipeline to Employment" summit.  The purpose of the event was to strengthen collaboration and understanding between local Advanced Manufacturing businesses and our school district.  Advanced Manufacturing is one of the fastest growing sectors of our local economy, and there are an increasing number of well-paying careers available.  Most of these require some type of post-secondary education offered through our community college system or specialized industry training.   Local Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses offer pathways into these areas as well.  It was shared that starting salaries for students with specialized credentials or 2-year degrees can start as high as $40 thousand a year, with excellent benefits and lots of opportunities for overtime.  Many of these careers can also be extended with additional BS degrees and beyond with higher levels of engineering, IT or biotech sector jobs.

The Jobs of Tomorrow...

Not every student needs a 4 year degree to be successful.  Advanced Manufacturing is one of the fastest growing sectors of our local economy, and entry level jobs pay living wages, offer great benefits, and have lots of opportunity for career advancement.

Representatives from the following companies 

participated in the summit:




Bridgestone Bandag

Delhaize America

Plastic Ingenuity



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Gate Precast

NT Techno

Summit Engineering and Design

During the event, educators heard from a variety of speakers, including a presentation from Alexis Franks of NC Works, Ms. Judy Woodson-Bruhn, Career Resource Specialist & Labor & Economics Analyst, from the NC Department of Commerce, and Michael McConchie, Certified Business Coach, M&M Consultants.  They also had a chance to participate in industry roundtables, where representatives from twelve local companies presented information about their products and workforce needs.  



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