Visionary leaders, from government, the private sector, and academia–came together to establish the Research Triangle Park did so because they recognized the Triangle’s major assets: world-class educational institutions that could produce the ideas and innovations that would fuel the economy, as well as talent with the skills and work ethic needed to bring such ideas to scale.
Our four-year colleges and universities have been visible catalysts of North Carolina’s economic transformation. For more than 50 years, North Carolina has offered no-cost, company-specific training to eligible companies in our state and was one of the first in the nation to offer what has become an important economic development tool. (Learn more about NC Community Colleges)
- Through NC’s industrial training program businesses can coordinate with area Community Colleges to arrange worker training before a new facility is complete. The state, which pays the full cost of this program with no federal funding and at no cost to the employer, has helped more than 1,800 businesses develop customized training programs during the past 20 years.
- The NC Community College System consists of 58 campuses across the state that offers more than 280 programs to train workers for technical occupations.
At the national level, our leaders have also recognized the critical role that technical and community colleges play as drivers of economic growth and renewal. President Obama has made community colleges a key focus of his innovation agenda.
Important to the history of the RTP and dedicated to serving the training needs of local industries and preparing highly-skilled technicians and professionals to meet the demands of our growing region are the Triangle’s community colleges: Durham Technical Community College – celebrating 50 years as one of the engines of talent development, and Wake Technical Community College.
Currently serving more than 63,000 students annually, Wake Tech is NC’s second largest community college. Recently, Wake Tech purchased 86 acres off NC 54 near I-40 and 540 for its newest campus near the RTP.
Wake Tech Invites Industry Input on New Campus
Businesses in and around Research Triangle Park are invited to hear details of Wake Technical Community College’s future RTP Campus, and weigh in on programs of interest to them. The meeting, hosted by Wake Tech, the Research Triangle Foundation and Wake County Economic Development, will include an overview of the planned campus and allow time for questions and comments; breakfast will be provided.
Interested in attending?
>>Register at by June 2, limited seating available.
What: RTP Campus Planning Meeting
When: June 7, 2011
7:30a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Where: Research Triangle Park Headquarters
12 Davis Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC