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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s determined to get North Carolina’s public university system focused on teaching what’s economically useful.

McCrory’s comments Tuesday on conservative pundit Bill Bennett’s national radio show come as the 17-campus University of North Carolina system develops a five-year plan with the state facing high unemployment and struggling businesses.

McCrory said he supports vocational training. He criticized what he called an “educational elite” and UNC-Chapel Hill specifically for offering courses in subjects like gender studies that don’t lead to jobs.

The Republican governor said his staff is preparing legislation that changes how higher education is funded, to include measuring how many graduates can get jobs.

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty chairwoman Jan Boxill says education is not only technical training, and employers demand students with problem-solving and communication skills.

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  • Vog46

    With McCrory to a point but the WWAY story is way too short – they should have posted MORE quotes from Pat’s speech because the speech itself showed the REAL problem.
    McCrory said there were hundreds if not thousands of jobs unfilled due to lack of skills. To that I agree however McCrory needs to understand along with the Legislature what happens in the UNC and community college system here.
    First graduationfigures:
    UNC SYSTEM = 80,000 per year
    CC system – 150,000 per year
    Total = 230,000 per year

    But Pat and the Legislature want to fund education base upon how many grads get jobs.
    Well McCrory and legislature – I hate to have to break it to you but NC doesn’t have that many jobs and YOU are more interested in regulating a woman’s Va***** than creating jobs
    So before you go screwing this up too badly I propose this.
    Teh Gov and Legislature will be judged by how many jobs the create during their tenure.
    If they create 230,000 job per year or 1 MILLION jobs over Pats 4 year term they will gt my vote.
    Otherwise I vote STRAIGHT Democratic ticket.
    Got that Thom Goolsby?
    Do you know now where your priorities are?

    Of course my argument is lunacy – but so is the governor’s – and I share his frustration – but to base funding on obtaining jobs when he hasn’t created them yet is disingenuous and dangerous.

    I am getting more and more disappointed by what I’m hearing – but it is only days so I will give him time


  • SurfCityTom

    and one which former Governor Hunt used to great success during his first term when the textile industries were on the demise.

    He recruited foriegn business, primarily from Germany and Japan, to relocate a portion of their industry to the textile towns on the demise.

    He saw a coordination of community college training with the needs of the relocating businesses.

    It worked; and many small towns which would have seen mills shuttered, saw the mills converted to other uses with continued employment of the town residents.

    Now if Governor McCrory will appoint a Secretary of Commerce who will focus on foriegn industry, we could see a resurgence in NC employment.

  • Vog46

    But if we’re going to rate and fund our Universities on how many grads get jobs we should rate our politicians on how many jobs they bring in.


  • Vog46

    It’s not novel if it’s been done before but I give YOU credit for crediting Hunt with the idea. That said I’d like to see if the idea is STILL sound as I believe some of those companies have since closed during the recession.
    And I agree about the Sec of Commerce but disagree about foreign industry.
    You know Terry Spencer from Port City Baseball might be interested.

    A ball field in every city……….and a convention center too.



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