myFutureNC and Sector Partners Receive National Recognition

myFutureNC and the NC Workforce Credentials initiative was named a PIE (Policy Innovators in Education) Network finalist for an Eddy Award in the category of Best Collaboration. myFutureNC and our sector partners received this recognition based on our outstanding cross-sector collaboration to identify and promote NC Workforce Credentials throughout NC. myFutureNC has facilitated this effort and coordinates the statewide NC Workforce Credentials Advisory Council.

With many jobs now requiring certification beyond a high school diploma, there is an increased need to inform North Carolinians about non-degree, industry-valued credentials that can lead employees to sustainable, long-term careers.

The state’s educational attainment goal is to have 2 million North Carolinians aged 25-44 to hold an industry-valued credential or degree by the year 2030. While increasing attainment levels of our citizens is critical, it is equally important that the credentials and degrees earned are aligned with employer needs and lead to high-growth or high-demand jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage.

Members of the Council include representatives from the NC Department of Commerce, NC Community College System, NC Department of Public Instruction, NC Business Committee for Education, NC Chamber, and myFutureNC. Employers and business groups also participate on the council. The Eddy Awards provide an opportunity to amplify, celebrate, and learn from strategic advocacy that is driving impactful policy change. Award winners will be announced at the PIE Summit this fall.

The NC Workforce Credentials Advisory Council met in Raleigh, NC in July to discuss key messaging to best promote the credentials and employer engagement strategies.