Workforce Development & Training


Businesses cite North Carolina’s high quality workforce as a key factor in their decisions to locate or expand in the state. North Carolina provides a variety of services to help people find jobs and achieve their career goals. Our statewide workforce system also connects businesses with skilled job seekers.

Carteret County NCWorks Career Center

Aligning workforce efforts throughout the state are ongoing and continue to adapt as necessary to the skill demand of the 21st century work place. The Carteret County NCWorks Career Center is ready to assist employers announce their workforce need, locate qualified applicants, and assist in contacting or referring those individuals to the employer as candidates for employment.

The Carteret County Workforce Center is at the forefront of the dynamic change being made to workforce services across the state of North Carolina. The Center provides services through an integrated service delivery that provides a wider and more responsive workforce service array to business and job seekers. The Center is engaging businesses directly to design and implement services that are occupationally demand-driven. The division also rolled out its new website NC Works online in July. It has received favorable reviews from both business and job seekers. The Center welcomes and is soliciting businesses for engagement in training, services, and other needs that will promote new business and strengthen and expand existing business.

Be watchful for the new NCWorks App for IPhone and other devices. It is in a roll out to military veterans at this time, but it is will be announced statewide soon.

These are first steps, but they are significant in the refocusing of the Center’s efforts in employment and reemployment of a quality workforce.

Employers can take advantage of many free programs and services to:

  • Recruit qualified, job-ready employees

  • Help provide on-the-job training

  • Negotiate customized training programs tailored to your needs

Carteret County NCWorks Career Center provide services including, but not limited to:

  • Computer and internet access

  • Information on local labor market, prevailing wages, tax credits, etc.

  • Listing of job openings

  • Job applicant screening and qualified candidate referrals

  • Space for applicant interviews.

  • Reference library

  • Employee training resources

  • Layoff/closure prevention services for employers and transitional services for employees

  • Arrangement for Job Fairs

  • Employer workshops on a variety of topics, and more!

For more information contact:
Larry Woods, Manager
Carteret County NCWorks Career Center
309 Commerce Ave.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-7151
Fax: (252) 726-1141


North Carolina WorkforceNorth Carolina offers free customized job training and retraining for manufacturing companies employing 13 or more workers.

North Carolina has long been a leader and innovator in customized industrial and business training initiatives. With 58 campuses, the highly acclaimed North Carolina Community College System is one of the largest, most advanced community college systems in the nation.

Carteret Community College, part of North Carolina Community College System, is the primary delivery vehicle for state-sponsored training programs in Carteret County.

A comprehensive array of free or low cost training programs, support services and resources are available through the college to new and existing companies. Click on the headings below for more information about each topic:

  • Special Training Opportunities – These include a variety of industry-specific programs and one-of-a-kind training resources available around the Region.

  • Small Business Support – These are community-based providers of training, counseling, and resource information. Small Business Centers are located at Eastern Region community colleges.

  • Customized Training – A program providing free, customized job training to companies meeting certain capital improvement requirements. New and expanding companies work with state sponsored programs through their local community colleges to help train employees for all specific skills needed for local industries.

Carteret Community College Customized Training Program

North Carolina WorkforceCarteret Community College representatives work with employers to identify training requirements and will design a program tailored to meet those needs. Courses can be taught at the community college campus, or in the workplace at times that are convenient to employers. The program is designed to react quickly to the needs of businesses and to respect the confidential nature of proprietary processes and information within those businesses.


The purpose of the Customized Training Program is to provide customized training assistance in support of full-time production and direct customer service positions created in the State of North Carolina, thereby enhancing the growth potential of companies located in the state while simultaneously preparing North Carolina’s workforce with the skills essential to successful employment in emerging industries.


Businesses and industries eligible for support through the Customized Training Program include:

  • Manufacturing, Technology Intensive (i.e., Information Technology, Life Sciences)

  • Regional or National Warehousing and Distribution Centers

  • Customer Support Centers

  • Air Courier Services

  • National Headquarters with operations outside North Carolina

  • Civil Service employees providing technical support to US military installations located in North Carolina.

In order to receive assistance, eligible businesses and industries must demonstrate two or more of the following criteria:

  • The business is making an appreciable capital investment;

  • The business is deploying new technology; The business is creating jobs, expanding an existing workforce, or enhancing the productivity and profitability of the operations within the State; and,

  • The skills of the workers will be enhanced by the assistance.

For more information contact:
Small Business Resources
Betsy M. DeCampo, Business and Industry Coordinator
Carteret Community College
Corporate and Community Education
Commerce Development Center
3615 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557-2989

The North Carolina Marine Training and Education Center (NC MARTEC)

NC MARTECnorth carolina workforce is a state-of-the-art marine technology training facility on the Carteret Community College campus located adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway in Morehead City. The facility, the only comprehensive marine technology training facility in the Mid-Atlantic Region, offers customized and curriculum training in maritime trades, including:

  • Marine propulsion

  • Boat manufacturing, maintenance, repair, restoration, rigging and welding

  • Composite and fiberglass technologies and marine coatings

  • Marine electrical and plumbing systems

  • Marina management

NCMARTEC also offers custom tailored employee training opportunities that focus on new products and procedures. Past clients have included the U.S. Coast Guard, the Association of Marine Technicians, and numerous boat manufacturers and fiberglass related companies.

NCMARTEC recently forged an agreement with Cummins Marine Diesel to provide training for Cummins Marine service technicians. The resulting partnership means that students at the college will have the latest marine diesel technology at their fingertips. Together with other companies, like Caterpillar Marine Diesel and ZF Marine, the college offers a wide-array of training opportunities through NCMARTEC.

Stem East

STEM East looks to provide for the current regional workforce void, expand economic growth and improve our workforce development programs by looking deeper into our education and employee training process. Students must be inspired and engaged before they enter high school courses that determine their eligibility for colleges or universities. STEM East looks to influence students before they become disillusioned with education and fail to see the benefit of the course work or dropout all together. Reaching students early and exposing them to the opportunities in the region is the first step to developing a robust workforce pool that will have sustainability and growth potential for industries. Corporations produce projection reports that indicate future industrial workforce needs. Many times over this data is projecting on years that will be directly tied to current middle school and high school students. STEM East will collaborate with industry and economic leaders to provide an educational system that will adjust to reflect projected workforce needs

STEM East is developing networks with industries, organizations and educational institutions to improve student-learning pathways that will lead to employment.

Work Ready Communities

North Carolina’s Eastern Region is leading a Work Ready initiative to elevate our region’s workforce into our number one competitive advantage. By ensuring our workers have the best skills and training, we can guarantee businesses we have the talent they need to succeed now and in the future.

This ambitious plan, funded by a grant from the North Carolina Rural Center and in partnership with the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), and the North Carolina Community College System will improve the skills and marketability of our workforce and ultimately bring growth to our communities. This plan is based on a multi-level certification program that has already proven successful in other states.

This project will assess and award communities that meet Work Ready thresholds, evaluate the standards proposed for certification, motivate rural county participation, introduce the Work Ready Initiative to employers and capture the lessons learned at the regional level for potential application across the state.


Offered through North Carolina Eastern Region community colleges, WorkKeys is a program administered by ACT – an internationally recognized educational assessment and testing organization. WorkKeys helps identify aptitude and build on it. The program can help your business find and keep the right people in the right roles. It can help you pinpoint the skills of current employees to maximize their potential and value. The program helps employers and employees benefit each other by lowering the risk of job loss for employees and helping employers develop employees’ skills.

WorkKeys is an assessment system that measures real-world skills, and is the basis for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is awarded based on assessment scores in foundational workplace skills such applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.

Many larger companies have implemented WorkKeys programs to improve their ability to match people with jobs, to help motivate employees and help increase productivity.

For more information on the Work Ready initiative and WorkKeys:
Perry Harker, Vice President
Carteret Community College
Corporate and Community Education
206 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557-2989

Temporary Employment Services

Blue Arbor Staffing
Lucine Moffett, President
Barkley Square, 5286D, Hwy. 70 W
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 247-1800 phone
(252) 247-6839 fax

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