Critical Conversations series focuses on economic advancement strategies including workforce preparedness

Critical Conversations series focuses on economic advancement strategies including workforce preparedness

To enhance outreach and collaboration efforts, Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer Scott T. Hamilton created a video series called Critical Conversations. In the video series, Scott talks with professionals about increasing economic advancement in North Carolina, including workforce preparedness challenges and opportunities.

Watch these approximately 15-minute videos to learn more about how various authorities are working to grow the talent in North Carolina:

North Carolina Community College System President Thomas Stith
Stith discusses North Carolina’s workforce and talent development, including solutions to low enrollment, growing customized training programs, and working on a new strategic plan.

President of the N.C. Association of Community College President Dr. Mark Poarch
Poarch discusses the challenge of helping employers find and provide training to an available workforce. Strategies include an increased emphasis on business and industry partnerships, Career and College Promise, and adult learners.

N.C. State University CALS Dean Richard Linton
Linton discusses future opportunities for growth in North Carolina’s agriculture and agribusiness sectors, including enhancing value-added agriculture, growing agriculture innovation, and building the agriculture workforce.

MCNC President and CEO Tracy Doaks
Doaks discusses North Carolina’s broadband connectivity resources, including what services MCNC and NCREN provide, the need for connections to homes and businesses, and the many resources available right now for broadband to anchor institutions such as North Carolina’s colleges and universities.

EDPNC CEO Christopher Chung
Chung discusses opportunities for business and industry in the wake of the pandemic, including changes in needs for brick and mortar for some industries, the need for talent to help grow business and industry in our state, and new strategies to grow business and industry.

Dr. Mike Walden
Walden discusses needs for economic investment to move the needle in North Carolina’s communities, including the need for rural broadband infrastructure, the importance of growing the manufacturing industry, and building the agribusiness workforce and supporting innovation in agriculture.

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