Workforce Development & Training

Centralina Workforce
The Centralina Workforce businesses and career seekers face a wide range of workforce challenges. Businesses deal with ongoing turnover, retention issues, and high recruitment costs that can impact their bottom line. Career seekers need information on how to build and grow their career paths in industries that are in high demand. Get to know two local organizations committed to working together to serve career seekers and businesss to help become the "competitive force in our global economy."

The Workforce Strategists:
Centralina Workforce Development Board
The competitive force in our global economy

As the board responsible for local workforce funding, we invest in our community by partnering with economic development, education and businesses to create innovative strategies to serve career seekers and businesses. Our mission is very simple -- workforce development. Our vision - not so simple. It's to make sure that every one of our region's businesses can compete in the global economy with an exceptional workforce. Learn more+

The Workforce Specialists:
Centralina JobLink Career Centers

Commitment to workforce excellence


Our customer service driven team is passionate about preparing workers in economically vital career paths, and supporting businesses through simplified employment and training solutions to recruit and retain a qualified, competitive workforce. We implement the vision and strategies of the Centralina Workforce Development Board, to give you a competitive advantage in an everchanging economy. Think of us as your human resource team. Business friendly; success driving. Learn more+

Award-Winning Education



If you are worried about having an available trained workforce, look no farther. Rowan County is home to one of the premier community colleges in the nation, Rowan Cabarrus Community College. The college has two campuses and more than 18,000 students. Rowan Cabarrus Community College was the first community college in the state to offer ISO 9000 training. RCCC can provide cutting-edge worker training, as well as, specially tailored training and development programs for your business.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) is a nationally recognized education institution offering various occupational programs leading to an associate degree in applied science. Diplomas and certificates of completion are awarded for other occupational programs. An arts and sciences program is offered, leading to an associate degree in art. RCCC has won two awards for its industry training partnerships and custom-made programs for local industries.

RCCC is the state's only community college to get an $85,000 National Science Foundation matching grant for a Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) lab.

RCCC is a primary reason Salisbury-Rowan boasts such a powerful work ethic. Due to the fact that workers are generally satisfied, Rowan County keeps a low unionization rate of only 1.89%. That means we're your key to a productive, motivated and highly effective workforce.

The Customized Training Program provided by RCCC customizes training assistance in support of full-time production and direct customer service positions. This program enhances the growth potential of companies located in the state, while simultaneously preparing our workforce with the skills essential to successful employment in emerging industries.

Catawba College Center for the Environment is located on the college's Ecological Preserve,  and educates students and the public on environmental stewardship and sustainability. The Center's sustainable facility is a model for green building practices and a nationally recognized example of the sustainable use of natural resources. The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, located in Salisbury, has partnered with Catawba College to purchase and establish a 300-acre wildlife refuge seven miles north of the college. The property, which is protected by a conservation easement, serves multiple purposes: It preserves water quality and land; protects wildlife; and serves as an outdoor laboratory for educating budding conservationists. Catawba is one of the first colleges in the state to offer certification for environmental educators. The program, initiated by the N.C. Office of Environmental Education, is a requirement for environmental educators in nature centers, state parks, aquariums and natural history museums.




The North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) is a public-private venture created by visionary David H. Murdock, owner of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and Dole Food Company, Inc. Murdock, who has a long-time interest in health, wellness and economic development, is investing approximately $1 billion in development and construction, and another $100 million to fund strategic biotechnology ventures. At NCRC, the world's leading researchers from academia and industry are stimulating discovery and fostering collaboration that is advancing the fields of nutrition, agriculture and biotechnology. The goal is to enhance the understanding of the links between nutrition and disease in order to translate scientific discovery into new models of prevention, treatment and cures while raising the standards of healthly living for people worldwide. The NCRC is home to eight leading research universities, each with a specific research focus and one commitment - improving human health. The NCRC universities are: Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, UNC Charlotte, NC Central University, NC A&T University, UNC Greensboro and Appalachian State University.