The U.S. manufacturing sector is more productive than ever, yet it is continually confronted with the challenge of finding technically trained people to work on its modern equipment. Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. is no different. Last year, Caterpillar’s Sanford, North Carolina Fabrication Facility (part of the company’s Building and Construction Products Division) partnered with Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), Lee County Schools, and the N.C. Department of Labor to address the need of building a pipeline of skilled welders at the facility.
It is a fact that the United States ranks 21st among 30 industrialized nations in science achievement. If we are to change this bleak statistic on a national level, local communities need to seize opportunities to bring about real change in their school districts. Hillsborough, North Carolina, a small community located just northwest of Durham, is attempting to do just that.
The Laurinburg/Scotland County Area (NC) Chamber of Commerce recently received a grant for $35,000 from North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Inc.
In Durham's knowledge- based economy, one of, if not the most, critical component is the presence of a smart, well educated and growing workforce.
For more than 20 years, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been helping children in the Greater Philadelphia region get excited about studying science with the Science in the Summer free educational program.