Iredell Ready strengthens our workforce pipeline through partnerships, education, focused objectives, and aligned efforts.
Making An Impact
Iredell County was a pioneer in the development of career pathways and alignment with local industry to help students and residents achieve the skills needed to work. Iredell Ready was launched to bolster our partnerships to fortify our workforce pipeline. Our partners, with distinct focus areas and objectives, have collectively led to notable achievements.
Facts & Figures
of Residents Have a Degree or Credential
1,200+ CTE Credentials Achieved by HS students (2021).
Increase in Annual Student Enrollment at Mitchell Community College
Iredell Ready is aligned with myFutureNC, a statewide educational attainment collaborative focused on achieving 2 million high-quality credentials or postsecondary degrees obtained by individuals aged 25-44 by 2030.
myFutureNC has identified 18 Key Performance Indicators to measure progress in North Carolina and across the education continuum in each of the NC’s 100 counties.
Iredell County is doing our part to build a robust pipeline of workers that will meet the needs of industry today and in the future.
Iredell County Snapshot
Our Key Dashboard Metrics
Through Iredell Ready, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Mooresville Graded School District in conjunction with the Greater Statesville Chamber and Iredell County Economic Development Corporation, have produced 34 videos featuring businesses at no cost to the business.
A stated purpose of Iredell Ready is to promote alignment, engagement, and partnership among workforce partners. Since October 2022, we have hosted four career events for students collectively, which have engaged 1,700 students and 192 local companies.
We continue to promote Work-based Learning opportunities and have doubled our participation with businesses from the previous year. We have 20 companies offering apprenticeships and, as of May, had 60 applications for the 2023-2024 school year.
Mitchell Community College saw a 7% increase in total student enrollment over Spring 2022, with a 6.6% increase in full-time students. Annual enrollment year-over-year has increased by 5%.
NCWorks continues to provide services to individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, or in career transition representing 15,399 services to 1,626 residents in Iredell County over the past year. NCWorks also supports businesses with recruiting, hiring, and training needs, representing 3,717 services to 523 unique Iredell employers over the past year.
Iredell EDC helps strengthen relationships between workforce partners and local industry and has completed 177 existing industry engagements and organized a dozen workforce partner visits since July 2022.
The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce has taken a lead in identifying actionable initiatives to support workforce development and engage local industry. In 2023, the Chamber’s Youth Leadership program graduated 41 high school juniors, and Leadership Statesville graduated 22 local business leaders. The Chamber has enhanced its partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Piedmont to reach youth in their early years and enlighten them with opportunities with local industry
Additional Information & Resources
Charlotte-Centralina Workforce Development Board
82.2% of postsecondary degrees and credentials conferred by regional institutions are aligned with labor market needs
Degree Credentials Awarded, 2021
- 6,673 Certificate
- 6,036 Associate Degrees
- 9,688 Bachelor’s Degrees
- 4,230 Individuals served in an Apprenticeship Program (2020)