America's fastest growing region is working together to build a workforce for tomorrow...

What's the story of tomorrow's workforce and how do you build the right collaborative approach among public and private sector partners to make that story real?

SOLID is working with the Centralina Council of Governments, the Lumina Foundation and regional partners across a nine-county region with strategy development, focus group facilitation, partnership and organizational consulting, branding and strategic communications services for Working for Tomorrow.

Building Futures (originally named the Centralina Partnership for Attainment and Career Pathways CPACP) is a community collaboration of the 9-county Centralina region around Charlotte, NC committed to increasing overall post-secondary attainment in the region and to increasing post-secondary attainment for occupations in the region’s high-demand, high-growth industry sectors that require a variety of postsecondary credentials.  These sectors – Aerospace, Automotive, Energy, Finance, Health/Biomedical Sciences, and Logistics – depend heavily on core workforce competencies of our region in advanced manufacturing, information technology and engineering.

Building Futures' overarching goals are twofold:

  • increase the percent of the population aged 18-55 with post-secondary credentials in skill areas required by the region’s target industry cluster employers, by 25%; and
  • raise overall post-secondary attainment among 25-64 year olds to 60% by 2025.

The region has successfully built many best-in-class systems and programmatic infrastructure, all aimed at aligning educational systems with the talent pipeline for projected in-demand occupations in our targeted industry growth sectors.  In fact, the NADO award-winning “Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Report” (2012) included a ground-breaking Jobs, Workforce and Education Alignment Strategy that identified improved post-secondary attainment in the region’s target industry clusters as a critical need to support industry growth and economic development.  Our challenge now is to more aggressively promote those careers and pathways. Building Futures will help fill this critical need.