The Johnston County Workforce Center (JCWC) will be getting a $1.3 million renovation. Upgrades will support the skills needed with the expansions being done at Grifols and Novo Nordisk to name a few.

Since the center’s grand opening in 2005, it has been a model for life sciences training and development centers in North Carolina. The updates being done will help keep up with the emerging opportunities in the life science field.

The state continues to lead the nation in bio-manufacturing workers, largely a credit to its ready talent. Innovative and hands – on educational places like the JCWC are key in the professional development of students and professionals. The Johnston County Economic Development Office (JCEDO) facilitates value-added interaction between government, education and the private sector in encouraging and promoting job creation and economic investment in Johnston County.

Renovations, which should be complete by early September, will accommodate more hands-on lab training and simulation opportunities in settings that mirror bio-manufacturing work stations. Chad Henry, corporate vice president at Novo Nordisk, praised the Workforce Center stating, “Together, we are creating a modern simulated bio-manufacturing area that has some of the latest equipment and technologies for students.”

(C) N.C. Biotechnology Center