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Media Advisory: Rocky Mount Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) Highway Construction Trades Academy Ribbon Cutting and Job Fair Event

WHAT: Rocky Mount Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) Highway Construction Trades Academy Ribbon Cutting and Job Fair Event WHEN: Friday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. WHERE: Rocky Mount OIC 402 E. Virginia St. Rocky Mount, NC 27802 COMMENTS: The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Rocky Mount OIC Highway Construction Trades Academy. Speakers will include Transportation Secretary Tony Tata; Rocky Mount OIC Chief Executive Officer Reuben Blackwell; Melvin L. Williams, Jr., manager of NCDOT's On-the-Job Training Program; and Wendy Marlowe, associate vice president of Corporate & Economic Development at Nash Community College. North Carolina is the first state in the nation to introduce this academy concept, which is aimed at addressing the shortage of trained workers in the highway construction industry. The national average age in the industry is 55 years old, and North Carolina's average age is 53. Nine academies are slated to open across the state by spring 2015. Some of these academies will be aimed at high school and college students in partnership with local high schools and community colleges, while others-like this one in Rocky Mount-will be community-based academies developed with a community-based partner to provide training and educational opportunities to women, minorities and disadvantaged individuals 18 years or older in the highway construction industry. The Rocky Mount OIC academy's first eight-week program began on Aug. 18. A Highway Construction Industry Job Fair will be held after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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2/15/2018 5:23 PM