CHARLOTTE, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– In a press conference at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton today challenged his gubernatorial opponent Pat McCrory to a series of eight town hall debates on jobs and education to be held at community colleges in every region of the state.
Citing his experience and vision to align education with the jobs of the future, Dalton stressed the crucial role North Carolina’s community colleges serve in training a globally competitive workforce and attracting new industry to the state.
“I have a plan to tailor education to jobs now and to provide training for the industries of the future,” said Dalton. “Community colleges are the intersection between innovative education and the 21st Century economy, so where better to debate our competing visions? North Carolina is at a crossroads and the people deserve a straightforward discussion on the future of our state. I invite Pat McCrory to tell us what he stands for and commit to joining me at these debates.”
Under Dalton’s proposal, the two candidates would hold two debates each month at community colleges across North Carolina, including:
· June: Durham Technical Community College and Pitt Community College
· July: Guilford Technical Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College
· August: Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington) and Asheville-Buncombe Community College
· September: Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte) and College of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City)
These debates would be in addition to the traditional ones held in October.