WHEREAS, the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor approved the Connect NC Bond Act during the 2015 legislative session; and
WHEREAS, that Act, if approved by the voters, would generate $2 Billion through the sale of bonds; and
WHEREAS, a portion of the $2 Billion would be used for new construction and repairs to existing facilities on the 58 campuses of the North Carolina Community College System as well as for new construction and repairs to existing facilities on the 17 campuses of the UNC System; and
WHEREAS, the bond funded projects on the campuses of the NC Community College System and the UNC System will enable more individuals to receive training for high demand careers required by employers in the Mountain Area Workforce region; and
WHEREAS, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) will receive in excess of $5 Million and Blue Ridge Community College will receive almost $3 Million if the bond referendum is successful, using those funds for infrastructure repairs such as advanced manufacturing training expansion, public safety training expansion, sidewalks, paving, and structural improvements many of which are presently deferred maintenance projects; and
WHEREAS, A-B Tech serves nearly 25,000 students from Buncombe and Madison Counties annually in curriculum and continuing education programs; and Blue Ridge Community College serves over 15,000 students from Henderson and Transylvania Counties in curriculum and continuing education programs; and
WHEREAS, A-B Tech and Blue Ridge Community College offer state of-the-art instruction in high demand careers serving the workforce needs of employers in the Mountain Area Workforce region; and
WHEREAS, the funding provided by the Connect NC Bond will enable A-B Tech and Blue Ridge Community College to train more individuals for high demand careers; and
WHEREAS, employers in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, technology, skilled trades, and other sectors in the Mountain Area Workforce region depend on a highly skilled workforce; and expanded and improved training facilities at A-B Tech and Blue Ridge Community College will help meet the employers in the region workforce needs.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Mountain Area Workforce Development Board as follows:
- That the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board strongly supports the Connect NC Bond Act as it will enable North Carolina’s systems of higher education, specifically A-B Tech and Blue Ridge Community College, to educate and train a highly qualified workforce for the 21st century.
- That this Board pledges to educate and inform North Carolina’s citizenry about the importance of the bonds while also encouraging the approval of the provisions of the Connect NC Bond Act.
- That this resolution shall be effective upon its adoption.
Adopted this the 23rd day of February, 2016.
Phil Webb, Chairman
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board
See official resolution here: Resolution in Support of the Connect NC Bond Act