Workforce Update
February 2018
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board meeting notice

Mountain Area Workforce Development Board will meet next Tuesday, February 27 at 3:00 pm at Western Carolina University's Biltmore Park Instructional Site , 28 Schenck Parkway #100, Asheville, NC 28803.

There will be a meet & greet prior to the meeting at 2:30 pm. Please park in Levels 3.4, or 5 of the parking garage adjacent to the WCU site. Parking in any other location is subject to towing and fines.

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. An agenda and meeting documents will be available later this week. Please note the change in the meeting location from the offices of Land of Sky Regional Council.

MAC Career Fair Coming Soon!
WHAT: Mountain Area Careers (MAC) Career Fair

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WHERE: Davis Event Center, WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher, NC 28732

COST: Free to employers and job seekers

REGISTRATION: Registration link will be available soon for employers, first come, first serve. 125 booths available. No registration required for job seekers.
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board recognizes outstanding employers and WIOA participants

Thanks for everyone who attended Mountain Area Workforce Development Board’s recognition luncheon at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall . Special thanks to the staff at Blue Ridge Community College, Mr. Steve Sigmon, Director of Bands at North Henderson High School, North Henderson High School Wind Ensemble, The Red Radish Catering and many volunteers for making the event possible.

We are honored to recognize outstanding employers and WIOA participants in our region. Their stories remind us how workforce development can change lives, transform businesses, and make our community a better place to live. Beyond a wonderful celebration, an additional bonus was that a youth participant connected with an employer at the event and found full-time employment.
Watch the video of the 2017 Recognition Luncheon.
Watch the video of the North Henderson High School Wind Ensemble performing "Sleigh Bell" at the 2017 Recognition Luncheon.
my Future NC

"my Future NC" is a new statewide commission focusing on educational attainment. The Commission includes the leadership from the UNC System, NC Community College System, NC Department of Public Instruction, Governor's Office, NC General Assembly, business, philanthrophy, faith-based and non-profit communities. Two of three new jobs now require some form of postsecondary education. NC's goal is that by 2025 67% of our residents will have a postsecondary credential. The Commission has been created because:

  • North Carolina must increase the number of individuals who have earned a postsecondary credential with labor market value to meet the needs of a growing and more competitive economy.

  • North Carolina's population is growing both in its size and its diversity, which presents opportunities and challenges for our entire education system, preschool through postsecondary.

  • North Carolina is among a minority of states without clear educational attainment goals and a broad-based, statewide strategy designed to achieve those goals.

"North Carolina has a growing economy, population, and one of the finest public postsecondary education systems in the country. But that hasn’t translated into broad opportunity for all citizens. Our state’s per-capita income ranks in the bottom third nationally, the chance that a child born poor can eventually reach the middle class is markedly lower in North Carolina than in other states to achieve over the next year and a half." 
Mountain Area Careers (MAC) highlights our region's career pathways in the Advanced Manufacturing and Hospitality & Tourism sectors

Our region has three "NCWorks Certified Career Pathways" in Advanced Manufacturing, Hospitality & Tourism and Healthcare which have been approved by the NCWorks Commission. Our Board has funding for training "Dislocated Workers" in these career pathways. To learn more contact Barbara Darby, Regional Business Services Coordinator for Mountain Area Workforce Development Board at

Jennifer at Borg Warner Thermal in Henderson County
Josh at Advanced Superabrasives (ASI) in Madison County
Yolanda at Gaia Herbs in Transylvania County
Katherine at Kanuga Conference Center in Henderson County
Leigh at GE Aviation in Buncombe County
Isaiah Poore: NCWorks NextGen Youth Success Story (WIOA In-School Youth)

Isaiah Poore is an outstanding person in so many ways. When we first met, he was amidst many struggles; his family had many issues. Drugs and alcohol prevented them from caring for Isaiah properly. During these times, Isaiah would become depressed and down. He struggled. However, if you met Isaiah, he would get your attention. He is a very likable young man. It was apparent to those around him that he had been through much.

The community came together and took care of him. Living with peers often and under the care of teachers and coaches, Isaiah continued to strive. This young man, because of his sweet and kind disposition, became a community child.

A notable feature of Isaiah is that he loves to help others. He volunteers in youth league football and has been a Special Olympics volunteer. If you knew Isaiah, you would know he gives much more than he gets. I placed him in WIOA-supported work experience with several coaching staff members as an assistant. He worked with them, working late after practice or events. This allowed him to have mentorship with some great people and gain work experience.

Isaiah will graduate in a few months and will attend college on an athletic scholarship. For this to happen, WIOA-supported work experience, community support and Isaiah's will to succeed worked together. He pushed and he never gave up because his community worked alongside him, encouraging him and supporting him. Isaiah persevered for them as much as he did for himself. This magnetic and inspiring young man is a success due to the NCWorks NextGen program. I believe he will make is big and become a helper to many others along his way.

Nominated by Darrell Clark, NCWorks Next Gen Youth Career Coach, Buncombe County Schools

Governor Cooper announces NC Job Ready, Key Priorities for Workforce Development

Governor Roy Cooper outlined his priorities for workforce development in remarks delivered at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy in Raleigh earlier today (February 13). Governor Cooper made clear that North Carolina's workforce is a primary focus for his administration as he launched the new initiative, NC Job Ready. "I want North Carolinians to be better educated, healthier, and have more money in their pockets so that they can live more abundant, purposeful lives," said Governor Cooper. "The linchpin to achieving that goal is to help people get good-paying jobs to support themselves and their families."

Governor Cooper's initiative is built on three core principles:

  • Skills and education attainment so North Carolinians are ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
  • Employer leadership to remain relevant to evolving industry needs.
  • Local innovation to take great ideas and apply them statewide.
"Business leaders tell me time and again that they have job openings but can't find workers with the right skills," said Governor Cooper. "A better trained workforce can help businesses grow and give workers new opportunities."
Tomorrow, Cooper will speak to the NCWorks Commission to present his priority agenda items. Successful workforce development is collaborative and the NCWorks Commission convenes the partnership among education, business, government and community leaders.
"Getting North Carolina job ready means helping people get the skills they need for better-paying jobs and then connecting businesses to those workers," added Cooper. "An educated, well-trained workforce will strengthen North Carolina companies, attract new businesses, and ensure we can adapt to a changing economy."
Asheville Hospitality Career Expo featuring Talent Jam is tomorrow!