Connect Your Work-Based Learning Programs to Educators
Navigator is an online marketplace that makes it easier for NC educators and workforce development professionals to integrate work-based learning resources into their classrooms . The platform operates like an online shopping experience, only everything on the Navigator is free!

The NC Business Committee for Education is inventorying work-based learning programs from across the state, and with your approval, helping you connect those opportunities with NC educators through Navigator. These opportunities are hands-on learning activities ranging from guest speaking roles to apprenticeships. Please take a moment to tell us about your organization and the types of work-based learning resources you have to offer our community's students.
NC Manufacturing Institute Partnership Opportunities
The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute (NCMI) works to ensure that highly focused and current education and training is available in the region so that a well-qualified pool of future employees are always being developed. Manufacturing firms that partner with NCMI benefit by gaining access to a pipeline of screened, trained, and certified production technicians who can help them achieve their business goals.

Key Focus Areas
  • Deliver training that closes the skill gap between job seekers and available jobs
  • Provide services and systems to more effectively match job seekers and available jobs in the manufacturing sector
  • Improve the image of manufacturing employment among job seekers, students, parents and school personnel

For information about becoming a Business Partner with NCMI, contact David King - Business Services for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College at or call (704) 216-3935.
Shanell Varner Joins CEDC Team
Shanell Varner recently joined our team as the Economic Development Coordinator . Her role includes coordinating the day-to-day operations related to departmental activities, including the CEDC's business recruitment, retention and expansion efforts, as well as marketing and communications with community leaders, board members and investors. Shanell comes to the CEDC with over seven years of experience supporting the strategic direction of large-scale programs, setting budgets and managing relationships in the public and private sector.