A workforce of 270,000 within a 30-mile radius of Robeson County assures a plentiful supply of skilled labor. And departing personnel from nearby military bases provide an additional source of highly skilled and disciplined workers.
And when new or enhanced skills are needed, not to worry. Robeson County employers enjoy some of the finest job training resources in the U.S.
Robeson Community College
Part of the nationally renowned North Carolina Community College System, Robeson Community College (RCC) offers training programs for free or at minimal cost to qualifying companies.
The Industrial Services Center at RCC serves a diverse group of manufacturers with a full range of customized training programs that include employee assessments, program development, skills training, customized video training, temporary training facilities, supplies, and/or equipment. Services provided by the Center are funded by these state-sponsored programs:
- Customized Industry Training (CIT)
- Focused Industry Training (FIT)
- New and Expanding Industry Training (NEIT)
- Industry Occupational Extension
North Carolina Career Readiness Certification This site provides employers, career seekers, and workforce professionals with information about Career Readiness Certification. The Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.
Advanced Manufacturing Lab at RCC
Officially known as the Advanced Manufacturing/Industrial Education and Training Laboratories, this state-of-the-art facility (opened in the fall of 2011) provides area manufacturers with the development tools they need to compete in the increasingly complex arena of advanced production. The facility houses five separate training labs:
- Pneumatics/Hydraulics/Fluid Power Laboratory
- CNC/Machine Tool Laboratory
- PLC/CNC Laboratory
- Mechanical Systems Laboratory
- Mechantronics Laboratory
Lumber River Workforce Development Board
The Lumber River Workforce Development Board is focused on addressing the employment and training needs of adults, dislocated workers and youth. Through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program, eligible participants have access to a wide range of employment and training services from basic job attainment and job keeping skills, to assistance with improving basic education skills, to occupational skills training. JobLink partners ensure that appropriate services based on individual needs are provided in a coordinated and friendly manner. Through partnerships and linkages with education, economic development and business, the Board strives to align coordinated approaches to the development of workforce development program design and delivery. The Lumber River Workforce Development Board is housed at the Lumber River Council of Governments office, located at COMtech Park in Robeson County, NC.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Chartered in 1789, the University of North Carolina was the first public university in the U.S. and today comprises a 16-campus system spanning the state. UNC Pembroke provides professional development, research capabilities and specialized expertise to Robeson County companies. The UNC-P Small Business Development Technology Center provides services specifically designed to aid growing companies in expanding their markets and increasing competitiveness.
The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center, Inc. (COMtech)
Located near the meeting point of I-95 and I-74, The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMtech) was developed to spur the success of technology-focused businesses and industries. Combining a state-of-the-art education and training center with ready-to-build Certified Sites, COMtech creates a dynamic environment for accelerated growth.