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:
Latoya Conners, Coordinator 

Small Business Center

The Small Business Center Network provides how to seminars at no charge, resource centers, and one-on-one counseling for small business owners and prospective owners. To view the schedule of upcoming SBC Seminars, see click here. The Start-A-Biz web site provides information and resources on starting a small business.

Apprenticeship 321

The Apprenticeship 321 program provides an alternative to traditional higher education for those who enjoy working with their hands, are interested in careers in a STEM-related field, or want to continue working full-time while learning.

Registered with ApprenticeshipNC and the U.S. Department of Labor, the program places students in positions with regional advanced manufacturers. For two to three years, apprentices will work alongside mentors where they will receive job-specific training, tuition-free education, and a salary. Apprentices are paid to pursue their education!

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 journeyworkers, academic credentials from Gaston College, and a National Career Readiness Certificate.

To learn more about Apprenticeship 321 contact:
Dr. Dennis McElhoe, Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development