October 21, 2019

Empowering Davie County Schools, Parents, Students and Businesses with Edge Factor!

By Jeanna Baxter White “I’m super excited you are all here today to learn about Edge Factor, an innovative online platform to educate and inspire the next generation workforce. This program is going to open the doors for our middle and high school students to discover and explore careers right here in Davie County,” Carolyn McManamy, director of Davie CONNECT, told plant and human resource managers during a luncheon hosted by Davie County Economic Development Commission (DCEDC), DavieCONNECT, and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. Next month, Davie County Schools will begin rolling out the innovative workforce development tool which […]
October 16, 2019

Students Explore Local Career Options as Davie County Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2019

By Jeanna Baxter White To celebrate Manufacturing Day 2019, several local businesses and Davie County manufacturers provided a unique opportunity for all eighth-grade students in Davie County. On October 4th, students from Ellis, North Davie, and South Davie Middle Schools each toured two different locations including DEX Heavy Duty Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Gildan, Ingersoll Rand, Pro Refrigeration, DCCC – Davie Campus, and WFBH-Davie Medical Center – Bermuda Run. Other students from all three schools spent their tour-time experiencing many different facets of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. This was the third year Davie County has participated in National Manufacturing Day […]
October 13, 2019

Meet Your Future – Davie Campus Job Fair Coming October 16th in Mocksville!

By Jeanna Baxter White Did you know that there are great job opportunities available in your own backyard? Whether you are looking for your first job or ready for a career change, come out and meet your future as DCCC – The College of Davidson and Davie Counties, in partnership with Davie CONNECT and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, hosts a community-wide job fair on Wednesday, October 16th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The job fair will be held at the Davie Campus at 1205 Salisbury Street, in the Community Building. This job fair is open to the […]
September 24, 2019
David Hiller, Unit Manager, NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

NC Vocational Rehab ~ Helping the Disabled Who Want to Work Achieve Career Success!

By Jeanna Baxter White As an employer, you will be happy to know that there is an untapped labor force among people with disabilities here in the state – people who make outstanding employees and are job-ready. According to the Institute for Corporate Productivity (ICP), hiring people with disabilities can: Improve productivity and reduce turnover by almost 50% Include employees who have equal to or better overall job performance ratings than fellow workers Many of these candidates are well prepared, have earned certifications and have post-secondary education. In fact, the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NCDVRS): Has over […]
September 4, 2019

Community Leaders, DCCC and Industry Team Up to Ignite Davie!

By Carolyn McManamy and Jeanna Baxter White We all want to live in a vibrant community with abundant job opportunities, excellent schools, high quality of life, and low crime. We want the best for our children – to earn a great education that will launch them into independent adulthood with successful careers and the promise of a bright and prosperous future. Education is one of the most important factors in a community’s economic success. More education means more opportunity for everyone. Yet the soaring cost of college prevents many students from furthering their education. What if we put education at […]
August 31, 2019

Davie County Schools Shine Spotlight on Career Exploration with Edge Factor

By Jeanna Baxter White Whether it’s in a boardroom, parking lot, or on the shop floor… EVERYONE is talking about workforce development, and many are working hard to find solutions. To help empower its students to become part of that solution, Davie County Schools is rolling out Edge Factor,  an innovative workforce development tool that uses the power of cinematic storytelling and interactive tools to open the eyes of students, parents, and adults to rewarding career opportunities that will get them excited about planning their future. “Career exploration is a large piece of what we do in CTE, STEM, and […]
August 15, 2019

Davie CONNECT Externships Connecting Teachers with Industry for Workforce Development

By Jeanna Baxter White The more you know, the more you can teach. Five Davie County educators recently deepened their teaching skills by touring area companies to gain a renewed understanding of the skills needed by employers that will help their students find meaningful careers and local industry to grow. During the week-long externship, the educators from Davie County Schools toured Ashley Furniture, Dex Heavy Duty Truck Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Flow Honda of Winston-Salem, Ingersoll Rand, Pro Refrigeration, Inc.,  Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center and VF Jeanswear, now Kontoor Brands, to learn about all facets of […]
August 11, 2019
Label Shopper, Willow Oaks Center, Mocksville

Several New Retail Openings Coming to Mocksville – Village Inn Pizza, Label Shopper, and Victory Arms

By Jeanna Baxter White Davie County is enjoying a surge in new retail starts with Label Shopper opening on Thursday, August 15th, Victory Arms and Munitions in mid-September, and Village Inn Pizza sometime this fall. “We have experienced tremendous success with industrial growth,” said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The Davie County economy, in general, has rebounded, and we are pleased the rising tide has brought additional retail shops and small businesses to Davie County.” Clothing retailer, Label Shopper, will be opening a store in the Willow Oaks Shopping Center next to Dynasty Chinese Restaurant. […]
July 17, 2019

Davie County Hard at Work Connecting Good People with Good Jobs

By Jeanna Baxter White The Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) Workforce Development Board helps employers gain the best homegrown talent the region has to offer by providing them with access to employee training, connecting them with community colleges and other resources within the educational system, and helping to prepare students in K-12 with the skills needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing and evolving work environment. “Our goal is to connect good people with good jobs and good jobs with good people,” said Michelle Slaton, business engagement specialist for the PTRC Workforce Development Board. Slaton joined the PTRC Development Board in […]