Perdue announces job training plan

RALEIGH Called "12 in 6," it's designed to help people who've recently been laid off. Basically, it consists of 12 careers that people can train for in just 6 months.

“Jobs now in North Carolina – that’s the goal. We know that people who have lost their jobs need to get back in the workforce as quickly as possible,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “This rapid training initiative provides them with a clear path to success in new, sustainable careers.”

The new training programs will be available at all 58 community colleges in the state by the end of September.

Perdue said the 12 career areas were selected based on current and/or anticipated market demand. They include: Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, Medical Coding, Office/Clerical Support, Masonry/Tile Cutting, Plumbing, Carpentry, Welding, Food Service, Autobody Repair, Manufacturing/Materials, and HVAC/Industrial Maintenance. She said others may be added later.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce is committing $13.4 million in federal recovery funds to the program. The money will be used to develop courses and materials, provide student services and assist with identifying jobs and placing new trainees in them.

People who are interested will be able to get more information at the state’s 24 workforce boards, JobLink Career Centers, and Employment Security Commission offices.

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