NC Educational Consortium Provides Way for Employers to Find Workers

NC Educational Consortium Provides Way for Employers to Find Workers

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New job site seeks to launch employers with grads.

Community and technical colleges in North Carolina graduate tens of thousands of students each semester, mirroring what takes place all across the country. Students, armed with associate degrees or certificates are ready to work; others will transfer to four-year schools in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree beginning this fall.

Finishing up school means that these students are ready to work, but in this economy finding a job may be challenging. To help bring prospective employers to potential employees, the NC Community & Technical College Jobs Consortium with the cooperation of the College Central Network has launched a website (www.CollegeCentral.com/ncctcjobs) where employers can list jobs for free and have access to work-ready grads.1

Participating Colleges

Not all North Carolina community and technical schools are participating, but the list is fairly comprehensive. Signing on are: Cleveland Community College; College of the Albermarle; Guilford Technical Community College; Isothermal Community College; Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; Sandhills Community College; Surry Community College; Vance-Granville Community College; Wake Technical Community College; and Wilkes Community College.

The consortium’ move is seen as a positive one for North Carolinians. Said Donna Brumfield, CCN’s College Relations Manager for North Carolina, “The NC Community & Technical College Jobs Consortium is a win-win for both employers and job seekers across the state. It makes posting jobs to multiple campuses simple and free, and greatly increases the number of job opportunities for our partner campuses and jobs seekers attending the Consortium’s schools.”

Website Attraction

The new website may be particularly attractive to small and medium sized businesses who don’t have the financial resources to compete with larger companies who regularly post jobs on Monster, CareerBuilder and other Internet job sites. Nonprofits and government agencies can also benefit, effectively expanding the hiring pool accordingly.

Two-year school enrollment has surged in recent years as laid off workers seek retraining to explore new fields. Government run community and technical colleges have been accommodating students by offering classes late at night and on weekends, making it easier for students to complete their education.2 With unemployment at about 9 percent, recent college grads may find that the new site connects them with employers who they might otherwise miss.

References

1 PRNewswire; NC Community & Technical College Jobs Consortium(SM) Launches Website to Offer North Carolina Employers a Free and Easy Way to Post Jobs Once and Reach Many Schools; May 12, 2011

2 SayCampusLife; Community College Enrollment at Record Levels; December 18, 2009

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