Mountain Area Works Highlights

  1. Memorial Day Remembrance
  2. Mountain Area Workforce Development Board meeting - May 28
  3. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy survey
  4. Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2045
  5. Made In Henderson County Apprenticeship Program
  6. Western Carolina University School of Engineering + Technology: Employers wanted for 2019-20 senior capstone projects
  7. Carolina Demography: "100 students start 9th grade in NC. What happens next?"
  8. March 2019 Labor Market Data released
  9. Richmond Fed: Asheville leads NC metros in job growth
  10. Appalachian State University Employer Summit - May 29
  11. NC Technology Association (NCTA) Mountains to the Coast Tour - June 10 in Asheville
  12. NC School of Science and Math (NCSSM) - Morganton campus groundbreaking - June 21
  13. Employer Summit - Hire Higher presented by UNC Asheville
  14. WLOS TV: "GE, AB Tech help fuel skilled job market in WNC amid record-high employment"
  15. GE Aviation: "Get Retooled: Worker Skills Training Leads to New Jobs in Asheville"
  16. WSJ: "Tight U.S. Job Market Squeezes Small Businesses the Most"
  17. NC State University Economic Development Partnership Award
  18. Mountain Area Workforce Development Board is Now Hiring
  19. Employers: Post your work-based learning opportunities on The Navigator
  20. My Future NC
  21. Mountain Area Careers
  22. NCWorks Career Center Asheville workshop schedule
Memorial Day Remembrance

I t is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Charles M. Province, US Army
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board meeting

The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board will meet on Tuesday, May 28 at 3:00 pm at the offices of Land of Sky Regional Council in West Asheville. There will be a meet and greet prior to the meeting from 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

At this board meeting there will be presentations at the meeting from Goodwill of Northwest NC, NC Department of Commerce and four public school systems in our region.
Respond to our region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) survey
Land of Sky Regional Council CEDS 2019 Survey

The CEDS survey helps identify regional issues that are important to the communities that we serve. The survey closes on Wednesday, May 29 at 5:00 pm.

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www.surveymonkey.com
Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2045

We want your input! The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) looks  25 years into the future  to forecast changes in our region and provides an opportunity to update the investments we will make in roads, sidewalks, bikeways, transit and freight routes to support communities today and in the future. 

The metropolitan region covers Buncombe, Henderson and parts of Haywood, Madison and Transylvania Counties.
Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBRMPO) is updating the region's Metropolitan Transportation Plan called MTP 2045. The FBRMPO covers Buncombe, Henderson and parts of Haywood, Madison and Transylvania Counties.

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fbrmpomtp2045.metroquest.com
Made In Henderson County Apprenticeship Program connects high school graduates with careers in Advanced Manufacturing.
Made in Henderson County Apprenticeship Program

The Made in Henderson Co Apprenticeship is the premier opportunity for HS graduates to get a jump start on a professional career with local employers. with Henderson Co Schools, Blue Ridge and Henderson Co Partnership for Economic Development.

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madeinhendersoncounty.com
Western Carolina University: School of Engineering + Technology: Employers wanted for 2019-20 Senior Capstone Projects
Carolina Demography: "100 students start 9th grade in NC. What happens next?"
100 students start 9th grade in NC. What happens next?

Between 2014 and 2026, nearly 1.6 million students will enter the state's K-12 public school system as ninth graders. Under current graduation rates, more than 213,000 of them are predicted to drop out or delay high school graduation.

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demography.cpc.unc.edu
Improvement in on-time HS grad rates, still room for growth

We often help policymakers and educators understand the landscape of educational attainment in North Carolina, with a focus on high school completion rates and the transition to postsecondary programs.

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demography.cpc.unc.edu
"What is summer melt?"
Labor Market Update

As of March 2019, 6,620 more people were working and our region had 5,900  more jobs compared to March 2018. Total regional employment was  216,949 . 
Richmond Fed: Asheville metro leads NC metros in job growth in the past year

  1. Asheville 3.04%
  2. Charlotte 2.44%
  3. Winston-Salem 2.07%
  4. Wilmington 1.4%
  5. Raleigh-Cary 1.13%
  6. Durham .83%
  7. Fayetteville .61%
  8. Greensboro-High Point -.42%
Richmond Fed Snapshot, May 2019

The most recent reports on the regional economy were mixed. Business conditions weakened for manufacturing firms but strengthened for services firms.

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www.richmondfed.org
Mountain Area region continues to have NC's lowest unemployment rate


For March 2019, our region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) continues to have the lowest unemployment rate at in NC at  3.3%  , Buncombe County has the lowest rate of any county in NC at   3.2%    Henderson County is tied for #2 lowest rate in the state at  3.5%  tied with three other counties. Madison County is at  3.8%  and Transylvania County is at  4.2%  . Three counties in our region are near or below the state unemployment rate for March 2019 of 4.1%.

For  49  consecutive months Buncombe County has maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC county and for  49  consecutive months the Mountain Area Workforce region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) as well as the Asheville metro have maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC region.

Number of unemployed workers increases in the past year: Despite a tight labor market and relatively low unemployment rate, the number of individuals who are unemployed in the four-county region increased from 7,087 in March 2018 to 7,513 in March 2019.
NC Labor Market Publications

On May 1 the NC Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) released local area unemployment rates for March 2019.

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www.nccommerce.com
Asheville metro unemployment rate 3.3%

The Asheville metro (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison Counties) continues to have the lowest unemployment rate of any NC metro at   3.3%. Since February 2018 our region has 5,900 more jobs (3.0% increase) in the metro and 6,620 more people are working.

In the past year since March 2018, the following sectors added jobs: Mining, Logging and Construction (1,000 jobs), Manufacturing (1,400 jobs), Trade Transportation & Utilities (500 jobs), Financial Activities (200 jobs), Other Services (200 jobs), Education & Health Services (1,300 jobs), Information (100 jobs), Professional & Business Services (700 jobs) and Leisure & Hospitality (400 jobs).

All sectors showed positive job growth in the past year. Manufacturing continues to be a consistent leader in our year-over-year job growth. Mining, Logging & Construction sector saw the largest growth rate in the past year at 11.0% followed by Manufacturing at 6.4% and Information at 5.3%.
Appalachian State University Employer Summit is May 29

At Appalachian, we value relationships and our strong sense of community. We want to share our campus community and engage with you in a way that just is not possible during career fair season. Please join us to explore programming and engagement that will increase and enhance your knowledge about our students, our faculty and staff, and campus culture. Attendees will:

· Gain understanding of Gen Z and expectations current students may have of their work environment
· Network with our campus partners who can help us connect you to more students who fit your recruiting and hiring needs
· Learn about trends in career and professional development at Appalachian
· Attend sessions about internships, career readiness and employer branding

Employers will engage and interact with members of our campus community through concurrent sessions and a networking luncheon. Additional representatives from our on-campus partners will participate in tabling sessions with information about resources and services provided to students and the university.
Registration is now open. The cost of admission is $50 per representative.

Employers Register Here

For more information and details, please contact Deanne Smith at 828-262-2833 or smith2dr@appstate.edu

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app.joinhandshake.com
NC Technology Association (NCTA) Mountains to the Coast Tour is coming to Asheville on June 10
Climate Change + the Digital World - Friend or Foe?

Join the NCTA for a fireside chat where we will talk through the relationship between the technology world and climate change.

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www.nctech.org
NC School of Science and Math (NCSSM) Morganton campus groundbreaking ceremony
NCSSM-Morganton Groundbreaking

Our NCSSM family invites you to join us as we welcome our many partners and friends from state and local government, business, education, and the community to commemorate this extraordinary moment for Western North Carolina and our state.

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events.r20.constantcontact.com
Employer Summit - Hire Higher presented by UNC Asheville

The Career Center at UNC Asheville is proud to announce an Employer Summit for local area employers who are interested in learning more about recruiting college students, and how to build a robust hiring strategy! This will be a full day event, focused on the following topics:

·   Beyond the warm body, how to hire and keep the right people
·   How to build an internship that students tell their friends about
·   What appeals to UNC Asheville students and alumni when thinking about careers
·   How to attract and encourage diverse candidate pools

We'll only have room for the first 50 employers to register, and each employer can bring as many as 2 representatives to the event. Want to join us, but your calendar is already full? Forward this to a friend, we want to make sure we connect with everyone!

·  Interested? Register here!

We're looking forward to you joining us, and we welcome any questions!

-Plus lots of networking opportunities with peers in the community
WLOS TV: "GE, AB Tech help fuel skilled job market in WNC amid record-high employment"
GE, A-B Tech help fuel skilled job market in WNC

A new jobs report came out Friday morning, and the unemployment rate was at its lowest level in 49 years. Meanwhile, managers at the GE Aviation plant in Asheville have been adding hundreds of highly-skilled workers.

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wlos.com
"Get Retooled: Worker Skills Training Leads to New Jobs in Asheville"
"U.S Manufacturers are struggling to find workers with the skills needed for today’s high-tech manufacturing jobs. GE Aviation is partnering with schools to help train and ultimately hire more than 2,000 workers nationwide."
"Tight U.S. Job Market Squeezes Small Businesses the Most"
Tight U.S. Job Market Squeezes Smallest Businesses the Most

Job growth at the smallest businesses has fallen to the lowest levels in nearly eight years as tiny companies struggle to attract and retain workers in the tightest U.S. job market in half a century.

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www.wsj.com
Mountain Area Workforce Board receives NC State University Outreach and Engagment Economic Development Partnership Award
NC State University Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. Warwick Arden with Nathan Ramsey and Derrick Edwards with Mountain Area Workforce Development Board along with Justin Hembree, Executive Director of Land of Sky Regional Council and Tom White, Director of Economic Partnership at NC State University.
NC State University's Outreach and Engagement Awards on Friday, April 12.
Nathan Ramsey and Derrick Edwards with Mountain Area Workforce Development Board along with Tom White at NC State and Leslie Boney, Director of NC State University's Institute for Emerging Issues at the Hunt Library on the Centennial Campus at NC State University.
NC State Outreach & Engagement

Universities typically see their missions as three-sided. We teach. We do research. We serve the public. At NC State, we believe we have responsibilities to do "outreach and engagement" to the people and places that surround us.

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oe.ncsu.edu
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board is Now Hiring
Work-Based Learning Coordinator

A Work-Based Learning Coordinator is needed to assist in providing service offerings from the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board to the businesses and industries in the region.

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www.landofsky.org
Post your Work-Based Learning opportunities on The Navigator

The Navigator is a free online tool that connects education to career. The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE), part of the Governor's office, is inventorying work-based learning programs from across the state, and with your approval, helping you connect those opportunities with NC educators through an online marketplace called The Navigator. Please take a moment to tell us about your organization and the types of work based learning activities you are engaged in. After submitting this form, you will receive an email with a password-prompt that enables you to post your programs (at no cost) on the Navigator platform.
The Navigator Webinar

NC Business Committee of Education (NCBCE) with the Governor's office shares how employers can post their work-based learning opportunities on The Navigator. This tool connects employers with public schools in their community.

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drive.google.com
NC's WORK-BASED LEARNING NAVIGATOR

The Navigator is a free online tool to lead the way in connecting education to career. The platform brings together members of business, education & workforce development communities where they connect experiential learning activities.

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wblnavigator.org
My Future NC

In NC, approximately 30% of students who enter high school will graduate college with a degree. Learn more about our leaky education pipeline in the report from My Future NC. Certainly not all students need to earn a college degree but students do need to earn a post-secondary credential that will allow them to earn a family sustaining wage.
Home - My Future NC

As our economy grows, the vast majority of new jobs require more than a high school diploma-something that less than half of North Carolinians ages 25-44, and even fewer from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, currently have.

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www.myfuturenc.org
Mountain Area Careers
NC Jobs | Mountain Area Careers | Western North Carolina

Create Your Future in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. Find jobs from great employers. Earn a steady living and advance your career.

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www.mountainareacareers.org
NCWorks Career Center Asheville