330 North King Street • Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Workforce Development

North Carolina is a right-to-work state, and Henderson County has no unionized manufacturing labor.  The Partnership has established relationships with several organizations that help train and identify skilled workers for industry.  In 2012, the Partnership formed the Existing Industry Committee as an ad-hoc committee to address local workforce needs. The committee works in connection with local partners, Blue Ridge Community College and the Henderson County Public Schools to improve and prepare Henderson County's workforce.

Blue Ridge Community College's Economic & Workforce Development Department administers and delivers customized training for our area offered by the North Carolina Community College System.  If your business is considering making an appreciable capital investment, deploying new technology, creating jobs, and/or expanding an existing workforce, you may be eligible for a Customized Training Project.

For more information about this program, please contact Shanda Bedoian at shandab@blueridge.edu or (828) 694-1756.

Henderson County NCWorks Career Center
The Henderson County NCWorks Career Center provides a variety of services to the JobSeekers and Businesses of Henderson County and surrounding areas. Henderson County NCWorks is focused on assisting individuals learn new skills, find employment and progress in their careers. Services to job seekers focus on career planning, funding for training, job seeking skills, job search assistance and job placement services.

Henderson County Public Schools: Career and Technical Education 
Henderson County Public Schools provide vocational education courses  in over seven program areas to prepare the workforce of the future. Students can choose from 42 elective courses including internships and job shadowing opportunities.

Mountain Area Workforce Development Board
The Mountain Area Workforce Board (WDB) is a partnership of private business executives in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties.  The purpose of the WDB is to provide policy, planning, oversight and funding for local workforce development programs and address workforce issues as they emerge within the region. 

North Carolina Department of Labor
 Through its various bureaus, the labor department works with businesses to ensure local facilities meet national occupational, safety, and health standards.  For information on updated policies, labor rules, regulation, and opportunities for free training resources on safety and health please visit the organizations website.

North Carolina Division of Employment Security
The Employment Security Commission provides high quality and accessible workforce-related services including wage analysis information, labor market information, and employment service initiatives designed to assist employers tap qualified employees with the type of skill sets necessary to be successful in the workplace.