Pathways Initiative

This fall, NCACC President Kevin Austin appointed a task force to assist with his presidential initiative titled, Pathways Initiative, NC Counties Guiding Our Next Generation to Brighter Futures. The mission of the Pathways Initiative Task Force is to develop strategies for counties to reduce the rate of disconnected youth. The task force will explore options for experiential learning, technical training, certification, and higher education in conjunction with the community college system. The task force will also look at successful programs across the State which help students of all ages identify and consider multiple career possibilities and to understand educational and training pathways to those careers.

The task force is Co-Chaired by Karen Howard, Chatham County Commissioner and Mike LaBrose, Vice Chair of Caldwell County Board of Commissioners and comprised of 17 commissioners from across the state. It will meet several times throughout the year to explore ways counties can engage youth to help guide them on a path to career success. The work will culminate in a report and roadmap for counties across the state to identify possible solutions.

For a more detailed overview of the Pathways Initiative, click here.

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President Kevin Austin of Yadkin County, on why he chose this initiative:

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The Task Force:

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From left to right: Chatham County Commissioner Karen Howard, Caldwell County Commissioner Mike LaBrose, Buncombe County Commissioner Amanda Edwards, Wilson County Commissioner Sherry Lucas, Lenoir County Commissioner Linda Rouse Sutton, Person County Commissioner Jimmy Clayton, Randolph County Commissioner Hope Haywood, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Mark Jerrell, Henderson County Commissioner Rebecca McCall, Camden County Commissioner Gary Meiggs, Hoke County Commissioner Tony Hunt, Guilford County Commissioner Hank Henning, Forsyth County Commissioner Fleming El-Amin, Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin

(not pictured: Craven County Commissioner ET Mitchell, Martin County Commissioner Ronnie Smith, Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria)

Check Out These CountyQuarterly Features on the Initiative:

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"President Austin's Pathways Initiative Task Force Kicks Off with Data Dive" 
by Laurel Edwards, NCACC Manager of Strategic Initiatives 
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"President's Perspective"
by Kevin Austin, NCACC's 103rd President
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"Federal Programs To Help Disconnected Youth"
by Leslie Mozingo, Federal Relations Consultant, Strategics Consulting

Additional Resources:

Additional Information about the Pathways Initiative: