Workforce Development & Training


Businesses cite North Carolina’s high quality workforce as a key factor in their decisions to locate or expand in the state. North Carolina provides a variety of services to help people find jobs and achieve their career goals. Our statewide workforce system also connects businesses with skilled job seekers.

Carteret County is certified as an ACT Work Ready Community. This multi-level certification will help:

  • Elevate our region’s workforce into our number one competitive advantage.
  • Business and industry know exactly what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce – and to easily communicate their needs
  • Individuals understand what skills are required by employers – and how to prepare themselves for success

Carteret County NCWorks Career Center

Employers can take advantage of many free programs and services to:

  • Recruit qualified, job-ready employees
  • Help provide on-the-job training
  • Negotiate customized training programs tailored to your needs

 Carteret County NCWorks Career Center provide services including, but not limited to:

  • Computer and internet access
  • Information on local labor market, prevailing wages, tax credits, etc.
  • Listing of job openings
  • Job applicant screening and qualified candidate referrals
  • Space for applicant interviews
  • Reference library
  • Employee training resources
  • Layoff/closure prevention services for employers and transitional services for employees
  • Arrangement for Job Fairs
  • Employer workshops on a variety of topics, and more!


North Carolina Workforce

North Carolina offers free customized job training and retraining for manufacturing companies employing 13 or more workers. North Carolina has long been a leader and innovator in customized industrial and business training initiatives. With 58 campuses, the highly acclaimed North Carolina Community College System is one of the largest, most advanced community college systems in the nation.

Carteret Community College, part of North Carolina Community College System, is the primary delivery vehicle for state-sponsored training programs in Carteret County.

 A comprehensive array of free or low-cost training programs, support services and resources are available through the college to new and existing companies.

  • Special Training Opportunities – These include a variety of industry-specific programs and one-of-a-kind training resources available around the Region.
  • Small Business Support – These are community-based providers of training, counseling, and resource information. Small Business Centers are located at Eastern Region community colleges.
  • Customized Training – A program providing free, customized job training to companies meeting certain capital improvement requirements. New and expanding companies work with state sponsored programs through their local community colleges to help train employees for all specific skills needed for local industries.

Carteret Community College Customized Training Program

North Carolina Workforce

Carteret Community College representatives work with employers to identify training requirements and design a program tailored to meet their needs. Courses can be taught at the community college campus or in the workplace at times that are convenient to employers. The program is designed to react quickly to the needs of businesses and to respect the confidential nature of proprietary processes and information within those businesses.

Businesses and industries eligible for support through the Customized Training Program include:

  • Manufacturing, Technology Intensive (i.e., Information Technology, Life Sciences)
  • Regional or National Warehousing and Distribution Centers
  • Customer Support Centers
  • Air Courier Services
  • National Headquarters with operations outside North Carolina
  • Civil Service employees providing technical support to US military installations located in North Carolina.

In order to receive assistance, eligible businesses and industries must demonstrate two or more of the following criteria:

  • The business is making an appreciable capital investment;
  • The business is deploying new technology; The business is creating jobs, expanding an existing workforce, or enhancing the productivity and profitability of the operations within the State; and,
  • The skills of the workers will be enhanced by the assistance.

For more information contact:
Betsy M. DeCampo, Business and Industry Coordinator
Carteret Community College


The North Carolina Marine Training and Education Center (NC MARTEC)

NC MARTECnorth carolina workforce is a state-of-the-art marine technology training facility on the Carteret Community College campus located adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway in Morehead City. The facility, the only comprehensive marine technology training facility in the Mid-Atlantic Region, offers customized and curriculum training in maritime trades, including:

  • Composite Fiberglass Production+
  • Custom Composite Fiberglass “One-Off” Construction
  • 3D Computer Aided Design with 3 & 5 Axis CNC Machining technologies
  • Cold Molded Composite Wood Construction
  • Vacuum and Infusion Lamination
  • Blueprint Reading and Lofting
  • Yacht Joinery and Cabinetry (including light weight honeycomb panel cabinetry)
  • Computerized (CNC) Routing
  • Marine Coatings and Spray Systems
  • Marine Diesel Propulsion
  • Outboard Engine Propulsion
  • Anodized Aluminum and Stainless Steel Welding
  • Marine Electrical and Electronics Installation and Service
  • Marine Plumbing Installation and Service
  • Marine Mechanical Installation and Service

NCMARTEC also offers custom tailored employee training opportunities that focus on new products and procedures.

NCMARTEC recently joined the A.B.Y.C Marine League of Schools (American Yacht & Boat Council) and is now able to award multiple A.B.Y.C technician certifications to qualifying graduates from our Boat Manufacturing & Services diploma programs. Upon graduation, students will have met the required A.B.Y.C training credits and will qualify to exam for internationally recognized industry certifications. Current A.B.Y.C certifications offered through NCMARTEC include: Composite Boat Builder Technician, Marine Service Technology Technician, Marine Systems Technician, Marine Electrical Technician, & A.B.Y.C Standards Technician.


ACT WorkKeys

Offered through North Carolina Eastern Region community colleges, ACT WorkKeys is a program administered by ACT – an internationally recognized educational assessment and testing organization. ACT WorkKeys helps identify aptitude and build on it. Many larger companies have implemented WorkKeys programs to improve their ability to match people with jobs, to help motivate employees and help increase productivity.

The program can help your business find and keep the right people in the right roles. It can help you pinpoint the skills of current employees to maximize their potential and value. The program helps employers and employees benefit each other by lowering the risk of job loss for employees and helping employers develop employees’ skills.

ACT WorkKeys is an assessment system that measures real-world skills, and is the basis for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is awarded based on assessment scores in foundational workplace skills such applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.

For more information on the Work Ready initiative and WorkKeys:
Perry Harker, Vice President
Carteret Community College

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