An unprecedented multi-county employee training and marketing initiative was launched this week in Halifax County to develop a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of business and industry. The Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline for Eastern North Carolina (RAMP East) assembles community colleges, economic development organizations, and workforce development professionals in a 10-county area with an overarching mission to supply a sustainable output of trained and job-ready candidates within the advanced manufacturing sector.
The Halifax County Economic Development Commission (HCEDC) hosted a luncheon on July 17 to introduce RAMP East and the collaborative approach underway to recruit and prepare students for successful careers in manufacturing. A major component of the initiative is the Advanced Manufacturing Academy beginning in August at Halifax Community College. The Academy will follow the curriculum developed for the 10-county region to teach the skills needed to supply ready-to-work employees with advanced skills that area companies need both today and in the future.
Representatives from Reser's Fine Foods, New Dixie Oil, Lowe's Regional Distribution Center, Airboss Rubber Compounding, Weldon Steel, WestRock, Southern Corrosion, Meherrin River Forest Products, AEL Span, and Klausner Lumber attended the luncheon.
For additional information regarding RAMP EAST, contact the Halifax County Economic Development Commission at 252-519-2630.