Governor Pat McCrory visited the Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) on Monday, Oct. 6 to honor business and industry members who collaborated with CVCC and NCWorks Career Center of Catawba County to create the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy. Five founding industries created the academy with the community college’s assistance to provide training and ensure jobs for students wanting to enter hard-to-fill jobs in the furniture manufacturing industry in the Catawba Valley area. The partnership began with Century Furniture, Lee Industries, Sherrill Furniture, Vanguard and Lexington Home Brands.
The academy is an industry-driven training program designed by local furniture manufacturers to prepare students for skilled positions that are in high demand. The program provides an opportunity for students to explore specific career paths using plant tours, career previews, and assessments help students determine best career options. The program also provides hands-on training for students to acquire critical skills in a simulated furniture manufacturing facility. They receive quality instruction using experienced craftsmen from the local industries. Ultimately, students will be trained for lucrative career opportunities in high pay/high demand jobs.
Governor McCrory was so impressed with the initiative, that he recommended that… “we use this model to spread across the state”! This initiative is growing in the Catawba Valley and Dr. Hinshaw, President of CVCC made presentations and recognitions for all those that are now working on the academy. Teachers of the specific skill areas were also recognized by Hinshaw for their ability to make the program a success.
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