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STATE PROFILE
North Carolina
North Carolina’s Career Resource Network


Program Goals and Emphasis

NC SOICC, the North Carolina CRN, is a state interagency coordinating committee that oversees the SOICC staff’s development of high quality career information resources and provision of services for counselors, educators, and workforce development professionals. NC SOICC is committed to meeting the career development needs of North Carolina’s youth and adults in a cost effective fashion by leveraging resources and avoiding duplication of efforts.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

In terms of employment, North Carolina’s largest sectors are trade, transportation and utilities. This is followed by government, manufacturing, educational and health services, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.3%, as compared to 5.3% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• NC SOICC completed paper and electronic publication and dissemination of Department of Public Instruction & SOICC’s Family Toolkit, providing families an overview of career development, North Carolina-specific academic information, and a core of activities that suggest ways to “tweak? everyday events to enrich children’s career development. The Spanish draft of the Toolkit is under review.

• This year NC SOICC developed and published new North Carolina-specific career pathways (clusters) posters linking high school coursework and post-high school education options with specific occupations by pathway. These posters are available online in English and Spanish.
 
Primary Activities and Trainings

North Carolina has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Choices in NC Tabloid & User’s Guide training
• NC Careers (CIDS) outreach
• Facilitating Career Development training
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• Improving Career Resource Services for Hispanics
• Initiated online survey/form
• Coordinated North Carolina’s NCDA Poster & Poetry Contest
• No Career Development Left Behind presentation
• North Carolina SOICC Products and Services Overview
• Real Game workshops
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

NC Careers provides NC-specific occupational information linked with self-assessments and with post-high school educational opportunities. NC Careers and SOICC Online link to numerous state and national career development resources. Any teenage and adult user with Internet can access the site without cost. Last year’s number of visits to each of NC Careers’ sections totaled:

Explore 129,000
Occupations 132,250
Education & Training 104,600

Elementary Schools100
Middle Schools 695
High Schools 390
Community Colleges 59
4-Year Colleges/Universities 53
Other 2500

 
Primary Resources

North Carolina has published the following resources:
• Career Choices User’s Guides
• NC Career Pathways Posters (English & Spanish)
• Career Tabloids
• NC Careers Professional Guide
• Elementary Career Awareness Guide
• Middle Grades Career Awareness Guide
• NC CX Online
• Parent Tool Kit (English & Spanish)
• Smart Options
• The Real Game Series

Program Funding and Partnerships

YearAmount
2005$165,265
2004$167,590
2003$168,585
2002$175,598
2001$153,627
Cumulative$830,665
Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following sources:
• State Agency Service Agreements
• Program Income
Significant Program Partnerships

Consortium includes: Department of Public Instruction, Community College System, University of North Carolina. Employment Security Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Correction, Department of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Training and select divisions from the Department of Health & Human Services

Resource Allocation


Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Judy Woodson Bruhn
NC SOICC
700 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605
Phone: (919) 733-6700
Fax: (919) 733-8662
e-mail: judy.bruhn@ncmail.net
Web Site: http://www.ncsoicc.org
CIDS: http://www.nccareers.org
State Administrative Location

North Carolina SOICC, Employment Security Commission, Division of Labor Market Information

Regional Contact Information