(Editor’s note: One of the hopes for the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is that it would generate jobs for locally trained people. That effort has begun to pay off, as The Salisbury Post reports.)

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — N.C. State University has hired one of the first graduates from the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College biotech program.

Lorie Solomon works as a research technician to help maintain the population of Dr. Allan Brown’s research specimens.

Brown is a faculty member with N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.

In the past 10 years, Kannapolis resident Solomon’s career has made a few interesting turns. After years behind a computer at a desk job, she found herself on a manufacturing assembly line.

Solomon graduated in May 2010 with an associate degree in biotechnology. A member of the first graduating class of the biotechnology program at RCCC, Solomon parlayed her training into a full-time job in Brown’s lab.

Read the full Salisbury Post report here.

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