Schools Seek Parity in Workforce Training Courses

Schools Seek Parity in Workforce Training Courses

Among the jobs today’s employers are struggling hardest to fill are those that require a certificate instead of a college degree. But North Carolina’s formula funds academic coursework more generously than industrial workforce development classes. While full parity would cost an additional $16 million, the legislature is expected to consider options for equalizing funding for curriculum and non-curriculum courses. “We have [non-credit] courses that have the same faculty credentials and the same student learning outcomes as curriculum courses,” said Heather Hill, vice president of academic affairs at Stanly Community College. “For all intents and purpose, they really are the same class. If we have the same expectations for those students and faculty members, then they should be funded at the same level.”
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