Charlotte Regional Collaborative

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The Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Workforce is a consortium of the 16 community colleges serving the Greater Charlotte Region. Started 20 years ago as the Charlotte Regional Workforce Development Partnership, the presidents of the member community colleges affirmed its value at the February 1, 2019 meeting.

Collaborative member colleges provide higher education, workforce development, and vocational skills training in 31 counties in two states (18 in North Carolina, 13 in South Carolina), serving 4.5 million people in an integrated, interdependent, and globally-connected regional economy that is the economic heartbeat of the Carolinas.

View the Economic Overview: Charlotte Regional Collaborative (pdf) report.

Collaborative Members

Community College College President Designated Contact Person
Catawba Valley Community College Dr. Garrett Hinshaw Crystal Glenn
Executive Director Business & Industry/Workforce Development Innovation Center
828.327.7000, ext. 4293
Central Piedmont Community College Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer Mary Vickers-Koch
Associate Vice President, Corporate & Economic Development and Dean, Harris Campus
704.330.4656
Cleveland Community College Dr. Jason Hurst Ken Mooney
Vice President of Continuing Education
704.669.4030
Gaston College Dr. Patricia Skinner Dr. Dennis McElhoe
Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development
704.922.6266
Greenville Technical College Dr. Keith Miller Rita Snyder
Executive Support for the President
864.250.8015
Isothermal Community College Mr. Walter H. Dalton Walter H. Dalton
President
828.395.1300
Mitchell Community College Dr. Tim Brewer Dr. Tim Brewer
President
704.878.3205
Northeastern Technical College Dr. Kyle Wagner Heath Milligan
Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Services
843.921.6973
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Dr. Carol Spalding Craig Lamb
Vice President of Corporate & Continuing Education
704.216.3500
South Piedmont Community College Dr. Maria A. Pharr Scott Rivers
Dean of Career Development and Continuing Education
704.272.5468 
Spartanburg Community College Mr. Henry C. Giles Jr. Betty Hall
Administrative Assistant
864.592.4942 
Stanly Community College Dr. John D. Enamait Dr. Heather Hill
Vice President of Academic Affairs & SACSCOC Liason
704.991.0306
Tri-County Technical College Dr. Ronnie Booth Rebecca Eidson
Director of Public Relations and Communications
864.646.1507
Western Piedmont Community College Dr. Michael S. Helmick Atticus Simpson
Vice President for External Affairs and Workforce Development
828.448.3120
Wilkes Community College Dr. Jeff A. Cox Dr. Jeff A. Cox
President
336.838.6112
York Technical College Dr. Greg Rutherford Melanie E. Jones
Vice President for College Advancement
803.327.8012
  • Purpose

    Enhance the capacity of the colleges to nimbly help employers define and respond to training needs to meet the skills gap. This approach recognizes that global companies rely on the workforce of an expanded region.

  • Projects

    The scope of work and projects undertaken by the Collaborative include:

    • Development, execution, and administration of the John M. Belk Endowment Workforce Relevance Planning Grant benefiting 12 Collaborative member colleges (9 in NC, 3 in SC) to align education and training to the skills most needed in targeted regional industries, as identified by local employers and economic/workforce development agencies.
    • Securing funding and staff support to support Collaborative programs, projects, and initiatives through generous grants from JPMorgan Chase and the John M. Belk Endowment.
    • Completion of a workforce development study (2016) that surveyed in-demand jobs in the Greater Charlotte Region.
    • Completion of a regional training inventory (2015) that identified economic-development-related programs and initiatives by each Collaborative member.
    • Export training and assistance programs for local industries with global potential developed by several member colleges in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce Regional Export Assistance Center.
    • Completion of a regional economic development impact study, which measured the individual and collective impact of regional community colleges in developing, recruiting, closing and executing economic development projects in recent years.  Each Collaborative member college, using a standardized reporting template, was asked to identify, define, track, and evaluate its respective engagement in and contributions to economic development projects in its service area.