WILKESBORO (June 15, 2022) ‚Äď Something remarkable is happening in Wilkes County. First, with a goal to lift a generation out of poverty, Wilkes Community College has dramatically improved completion rates for its students over the past four years. Second, an ardent new initiative will attempt to connect Wilkes graduates with high-paying jobs in the… READ MORE
WILKESBORO (June 15, 2022) ‚Äď The nonprofit NC Tech Paths has a three-word slogan: ‚ÄúLive. Train. Remain.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not going to reach our goals for this community if we continue to educate our best and brightest and export a high number of them to other communities around the state and around the country,‚ÄĚ says Craig… READ MORE
WILKESBORO (June 15, 2022) ‚Äď Wilkes Community College‚Äôs effort to connect graduates with the tech economy didn‚Äôt happen out of the blue ‚Äď it took a plan. And it took generosity. ‚ÄúWilkes is suffering from a lot of the same challenges that many rural communities are across the nation.‚ÄĚ Lee Herring, President of the Leonard… READ MORE
WILKESBORO (April 14, 2022) ‚Äď It all started with the campus gardens. And oh, how it‚Äôs blossomed. What started in 1988 as a one-time fundraiser for campus landscaping at Wilkes Community College has grown into an annual, four-day event with 12 stages that feature bluegrass, country, gospel, zydeco, fusion music and everything in between, fueling… READ MORE
WILKESBORO (April 14, 2022) ‚Äď Community colleges benefit their communities in all sorts of ways. But for the past 34 years, MerleFest has benefited Wilkes County and surrounding communities in a way that‚Äôs unique to the people and music of the North Carolina foothills. ‚ÄúMerleFest is a great example of what the community colleges in… READ MORE
WILKESBORO ‚Äď When officials cancelled MerleFest this month due to the threat of coronavirus, it meant more than a lost chance to hear Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Mavis Staples. It was also a lost opportunity for students at Wilkes Community College, host of the annual music festival. MerleFest helps fund critical programs at the… READ MORE
Wilkes Community College President Dr. Jeff Cox describes the single biggest challenge in areas served as the loss of manufacturing jobs. One way to address it? Improve the education level of the workforce to attract higher paying jobs to the area.
Dr. Jeff Cox President of Wilkes Community College describes what happens when there are very few high paying jobs in a community. For Wilkes Community College that means incorporating job opportunities in a wider geographic area while building the workforce and jobs locally.
Dr. Jeff Cox President of Wilkes Community College addresses the question of the rural ‚Äúbrain drain‚ÄĚ. He describes his personal journey and how, sometimes, the lack of good jobs can lead to frustration for people who don‚Äôt want to leave their community and at the same time believe that there are not many ‚Äúgood‚ÄĚ jobs… READ MORE
Dr. Jeff Cox President of Wilkes Community College describes which well-paying jobs are available in the area today and how they help prepare students for them.