Workforce Training & Initiatives

Gaston College, located in Dallas, North Carolina, is part of the North Carolina Community College System. The college offers company-tailored training and support for many full-time production and service jobs. 


Gaston College Fact Sheet

 

Customized Training 

 

The Customized Training Program is designed to make a difference in your bottom line, whether your organization is creating jobs, investing in new machinery and equipment, or streamlining processes for efficiency.

The Customized Training Program resources support training needs assessment, instructional design, development, and delivery. Gaston College creates customized learning solutions for the business and industry’s workforce needs. Flexibility in course development is the key to training a skilled workforce. Customized Training Program will create success for your company and your employees by quickly responding to industry’s changing skills needs.

For more information about Customized Training at Gaston College contact:

Emily Hansley, Director
704-748-5259

Small Business Center

The Small Business Center is a community-based provider of free seminars and confidential, one-on-one business counseling for prospective and existing small business owners. To view the schedule of upcoming seminars and to register for business counseling, please visit www.gaston.edu/sbc-events.

 

Apprenticeship 321

Apprenticeship321 is a multi-occupation, multi-employer consortium.  When it was established in 2015, Gaston College was the only college or university in North Carolina and only one of five in the United States approved by the U.S. Department of Labor as a registered sponsor of an apprenticeship program. Since its launch, the consortium has grown from four occupational pathways offered to employers to thirteen, while the number of member employers has grown from four to twenty-three. EWD is responsible for the administrative responsibilities of the program including coordination of all program activities such as marketing, recruitment of new member companies, and submission of revisions and additions to program standards as needed and required progress reports to ApprenticeshipNC and the U.S. Department of Labor. Academic Affairs currently provides the majority of the program’s related instruction. EWD also provides a success coach who works with apprentices and their employers to insure as much as possible the successful completion of their apprenticeship program resulting in a nationally recognized Journeyworker’s Certificate awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor and ApprenticeshipNC. Currently, twenty-five employers participate in Apprenticeship 321, including fifteen advanced manufacturing facilities and ten healthcare employers. This includes, eighty apprentices currently registered and enrolled in related apprenticeship instruction and 119 students/employees who have completed their apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship 321 also offers a pre-apprenticeship program for high school juniors and seniors. This program exposes high school students to career opportunities with companies offering apprenticeships in IT, Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare. We currently have 12 pre-apprentices from 7 high schools. 27 students completed the pre-apprenticeship program since 2018 and 13 of those students received apprenticeship job offers.


The Small Business Center is a community-based provider of free seminars and confidential, one-on-one business counseling for prospective and existing small business owners. To view the schedule of upcoming seminars and to register for business counseling, please visit www.gaston.edu/sbc-events.

Program Overview

The goal of the Apprenticeship 321 Program is to cultivate highly skilled workers for large and small manufacturers who can enter the workforce immediately upon completing the program. Through on-the-job training, successful apprentices will qualify for nationally recognized certifications as journey workers, academic credentials from Gaston College, and a National Career Readiness Certificate.

To learn more about Apprenticeship 321 contact:
Jill Hendrix, Director Apprenticeships and Work-Based Leading
704.922.6521