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Ten Colleges from North and South Carolinas to Establish Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy

Thursday, January 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Guin Griswold
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Community Colleges to Establish a Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy

The presidents of 10 community colleges in the Charlotte Region have reached an agreement to form a new partnership aimed at making the region a hub for global commerce.  The 10 colleges from North and South Carolinas forming the Collaborative are Catawba Valley, Central Piedmont, Cleveland, Gaston, Mitchell, Northeastern Tech, Rowan-Cabarrus, South Piedmont, Stanly, and York Tech. 

The partnership members will seek to lead the region in its economic vision to make the Charlotte Region a bigger player on a global scale.  Keys to this vision will be producing a workforce capable of meeting the needs of and attracting more global companies and helping businesses of all sizes to become more globally competitive.

“The Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy will bring together employers, innovative leaders, and the region’s workforce development partners to leverage the assets of the region in supporting existing businesses and attracting new opportunities,” stated Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College. 

“The ultimate objectives of the Collaborative are greater regional prosperity with more jobs, a globally competitive, job-ready workforce, and greater prominence for the Charlotte Region in terms of global commerce,” explained Dr. Tony Zeiss, President of Central Piedmont Community College.

Michael Almond, an attorney and former president of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, will serve as the executive director of the regional collaborative.  He will work closely with the 10 community colleges, policy makers, and economic developers in the region.

“We want to see the Charlotte Region gain competiveness through innovation and entrepreneurship,” Almond said.  “We have superb community colleges to produce the employees needed by globally strategic employers.  Working together through the Collaborative and partnering with the many stakeholders, we can help our employers expand into global markets while attracting more international companies.”

The Collaborative will focus on “Creating It, Making It, and Moving It” with strategic initiatives in entrepreneurship, advanced manufacturing, and logistics/transportation.  Leveraging the assets of all 10 community colleges and their service areas will enhance the opportunities and quality of the workforce for the future.

Dr. Hinshaw stated, “ These areas of focus are right in line with the strategic vision for Catawba Valley Community College and should assist us in creating deeper impacts for our region’s economy.  We are excited to be a part of this Collaborative and look forward to working with our partners on initiatives that will make a difference.” 

The Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy is one result of ongoing discussions concerning the establishment of a global economic vision for the Charlotte Region.  In 2012, Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte began hosting a series of global competitiveness summits, at which regional policy makers and business leaders were invited to consider the region’s economic strengths and how to capitalize on them.  CPCC has hosted three summits thus far, with a fourth set for March 18  --   From these summits, a global leaders vision group emerged, comprised of approximately 90 community leaders in the corporate, government, business, and not-for-profit sectors.  The global vision group meets quarterly and has developed a strategic plan to move the region forward to becoming a global hub for commerce.

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