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Community Colleges and Workforce Demand

With manufacturing dominating the economy in the 1950s, North Carolina created an industrial training system to train workers in these new skills. These schools offered programs tailored to each community’s specific needs, charging little to no tuition. In 1963, the industrial centers merged with the state’s few community colleges, and by 1972 nearly 400,000 citizens were enrolled in the comprehensive community college system.

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  • Women man America’s machines in a west coast airplane factory...05/1942. The U.S. National Archives, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Public Domain Photographs
  • Governor Luther Hodges speaking at event. 1956-09-28. Item ua023_015-001-bx0001-007-007. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Dr. Dallas Herring Photo By Nelson Best, James Sprunt Community College. Courtesy of NC Community Colleges
  • Carroll Copeland teaching students how to operate a lathe during shop class at Pitt Technical Institute. September 24 , 1964 - September 28 , 1964. Daily Reflector Negative Collection (#741), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
  • 4-H club members shaking hands with Governor Luther Hodges during North Carolina State 4-H Club Week. circa 1957. Item 0014969. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Nursing class, 1967. Courtesy of Wilson Community College
  • Automotive class, 1965. Courtesy of Central Carolina Community College
  • “Women working on typewriters at Pitt Technical Institute. December 05 , 1964. Daily Reflector Negative Collection (#741), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina
  • University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.”
  • Students work with lathes during shop class at Pitt Technical Institute. September 24 , 1964 - September 28 , 1964. Daily Reflector Negative Collection (#741), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
  • First graduation, 1960s. Courtesy of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Irving Carlyle. Courtesy of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC.
  • NC State University, College of Engineering, extension services and continuing education. 1950 to 1958. Item 0231167. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Pitt Technical Institute graduates sitting in chairs during commencement. August 16 , 1965 - August 17, 1965. Daily Reflector Negative Collection (#741), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
  • Electronics class, 1970s. Courtesy of Edgecombe Community College
  • Governor Hunt with student- Dan Martin in the background on right. 1981. Courtesy of Pitt Community College Archives, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Photographs of PCC Programs. Courtesy of Pitt Community College, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Guilford College. Courtesy of Guilford Community College
  • Student with solar panels. Courtesy of Pitt Community College

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