, N.C. — A new statewide partnership will bring accredited professional development to the North Carolina workforce system’s employer-facing staff to help them better serve businesses’ workforce needs. The North Carolina Department of Commerce, local workforce boards and the nationally recognized organization, Business U, Inc. will partner to provide this new training as part of Governor Roy Cooper’s NC Job Ready priorities. The training will support local outreach initiatives integrating a consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across the state among workforce, education and economic development organizations.

“A pillar of Governor Cooper’s NC Job Ready strategy is employer leadership, and this program is one tactic in helping us better work with employers to make sure workforce development efforts meet industry needs,” said N.C. Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland. “The end result will be more opportunities for career seekers and students and an even stronger workforce here in North Carolina.”

Business U is the only institutionally accredited organization in the nation that focuses on business engagement within three vertical markets including workforce, education, and economic development. Through professional development, business engagement strategic plans and customer relationship management technology, Business U certifies public organizations to effectively meet industry’s workforce needs resulting in jobseeker and student success. 

“Our state’s workforce system includes many employer-facing public entities, and this training will help us become more efficient and better able to contribute to business and industry growth,” said N.C. Deputy Secretary of Workforce Solutions and Rural Development Napoleon Wallace. “This partnership with Business U will educate our hard-working workforce professionals on how to best engage businesses to meet their needs.”

“North Carolina has a comprehensive vision to integrate systems and processes among various public entities that work with employers which requires a shift in cultural and operational alignment,” said Business U, CEO & Co-founder, Dr. Christine Bosworth, “Setting the stage for organizations to make these necessary shifts is Business U’s specialty, and we’ve designed learning outcomes for the North Carolina events to help their stakeholders achieve their strategic goals for a coordinated and collaborative business engagement effort.” 

Business U has demonstrated clear outcomes in helping workforce and education organizations across the nation increase their capacity to improve their reach and engagement with employers. Business U has developed a blend of onsite and online classroom instruction to support a transformational relationship approach critical to success with business engagement. Business U’s signature curriculum are scheduled to be delivered in six regional onsite sessions across the state in February 2018. 

Celina Shands, co-founder of Business U said, “North Carolina has tremendous opportunity with business engagement to align the work among its many partners with coordinated strategies that result in an expanded reach and elimination of duplicative efforts, while building credibility with business and industry.”

For more information about workforce services available to employers in North Carolina, visit www.nccommerce.com/workforce/businesses.

For more information on Business U and its national studies and publications, accredited training and CRM technology, go to www.Business-U.net.