The Solution

The United States is facing a substantial skills gap. By the year xxx, the country will need xxx technical workforce due to the exiting Baby Boomer population, but there are only xxx in technical education today. (- some stat intro)

NC3 was established is to facilitate and develop strong relationships with community and technical colleges with industry partners to build a strong workforce and economy.

The Future is in Technical Education

Today's technical education curriculum is no longer your grandfather's welding and HVAC skills, it is the future and solution to addressing the needs of America's workforce.

The NC3 network of industry partners, educational institutions, and workforce associations look forward to connecting our students with career opportunities which allow them to thrive in the marketplace and build strong futures.

Transformative Education Backed by Industry

Recognized and supported by ten global industry leaders, NC3's certifications transform existing technical education curriculum into advanced, hands-on experience that reflect the demands of the current workforce.

Creating a Competitive Edge in the Workforce

Whether a student works for an NC3 industry partner or a competitor, each student that passes his/her certification receives the "stamp of approval" from a globally recognized leader - a credential that proves their academic and professional excellence.

For any corporation, quality is essential to productivity. NC3's Certification Model provides community and technical colleges with access to provide quality curriculum to their students which in turn, generates highly-skilled graduates and employees.

Why recruit from NC3 institutions?

  • Because you value intelligence, skilled, and resourceful abilities that experienced NC3 students can bring to your company.
  • Because you are interested in recruiting from the top technical educational organizations in the nation.
  • Because for a decade, NC3 has granted over 80,000 certifications to more successful CTE students across all fields than any organization institution.

Student success is our priority and with that comes a highly-skilled workforce and a strong economy. The jobs and apprenticeships employers provide to our students are an integral aspect of their professional and educational development.

Finding a Quality Employee

  • Find a local NC3 Membership School or Certification Center
  • Connect with the school's technical education department
  • Ask about the NC3 Certification Program
  • Meet with upcoming graduates with the NC3 Certifications
  • Share your success story with NC3!

This will be helpful IF and WHEN we add which programs our schools participate in the NC3 Member/Cert Map

Click the Resources Below to Learn More

  • NC3 Member Map
  • Certifications by Program
  • Tony Bean, Mechatronics Instructor
    The information covered during the hydraulic and pneumatics certifications was right in line with the Festo Didactic curriculum that comes with the trainers. I came away from the class with a much better understanding of what can be taught using that equipment… This helped me to develop a better hydraulics/pneumatics class for our students.
    Tony Bean, Mechatronics Instructor
    Rowan Cabarrus Community College
  • Nancy Wilson, NC3 Master Instructor
    Developing and presenting the FI4.0CP Train-the-Trainer classes has been a great experience. It is also a great opportunity for students to be able to obtain a mechatronics certification. I have taught the Train-the-Trainer fluid power class in Tennessee and Wisconsin and in both cases, I left with additional ideas that we intend to include in the fluid power classes offered at Lawson State Community College.
    Nancy Wilson, NC3 Master Instructor
    Lawson State Community College
  • Dr. Angeline Godwin, President
    We are creating a core workforce that can meet industry needs and attract future investments in this area. Focused industry training for both the future and current workforce is what our area needs for economic recovery.
    Dr. Angeline Godwin, President
    Patrick Henry Community College
  • It's valuable for me to train other teachers and to be taught myself for continuous improvement as an educator. You need to learn and adapt to what is happening today and not what happened yesterday.
  • NC3 provides the basis of certifications, curriculum, and training. Employers are going to look at these student certifications and are going to say, "this is someone that is versed in skills that I need and actually bringing a product to market."
    Andrew Ortman | 3D Printer Key Account Manager
    Dremel Education | Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
  • The key objective is granting our students greater access to careers in their communities. That is what NC3 represents - building that pathway of hope and opportunities for students to better their lives. If we can do that as educators, government officials, and community leaders, I think we've done our jobs.
    Dr. Bryan Albrecht | President & CEO
    Gateway Technical College
  • The skills obtained with industry-driven certifications and technical education will not only help a student in becoming a next generation innovator but those skills obtained will remain with them throughout their life.
    Matt Bohannon | Marketing Manager
    Daniels Manufacturing Corporation
  • Education is hard to change, but technical education is much more flexible and much more nimble. We are always working with our business and industry partners to figure out "what's next" and one of those ways is through our membership with NC3.
  • A picture is worth a 1000 words, but an NC3 Center of Excellence benchmarking school tour is worth years of time.
  • The HVAC industry has thousands of jobs that need professional men and women who have completed technical education and development. The NC3/Trane partnership establishes the momentum in this critical development area and is changing student’s lives each stop along the way.
    Kevin Bollom, Vice President, Trane Service
  • David Clark | Superintendent of Operations
    The NC3 Leadership Summit was an outstanding opportunity to observe the value of industry specialized training with state of the art technical resources to facilitate much needed highly skilled labor in the workforce. The staff and facilitates at Gateway Technical College provide an excellent example of what an institution can accomplish through partnerships with industry and focus on structuring programs to be of optimum practical use to their students in education and career.
    David Clark | Superintendent of Operations
    Pima Community College
  • Train-the-Trainer is a great opportunity for faculty. They are receiving up-to-date training on the latest and the greatest certifications that NC3 offers and then they can bring it back and share that information with their students and it truly enhances the way they teach.
    Dr. Sheree Utash | President
    WSU Tech
  • This is our time for Career and Technical Education. Today education, industry, and government are coming together and all striving for workforce advancement.
    Clark Coco | Dean
    Washburn Institute of Technology
  • The skills and knowledge students gain from the hands-on learning experiences in schools using what NC3 and Trane have to offer make them uniquely qualified to take on real-world challenges when they enter the workforce.
    Lisa Knapp, Vice President, Human Resources, Commercial HVAC NA & EMEA
  • The collaboration of NC3, industry leaders and technical colleges is important in order to create a curriculum that develops the skills that match the needs of the workplace. Programs like NC3 are essential to helping students prepare for success in the workplace, and for the future of the HVAC industry too.
    Pat Archambault, Director, Strategic Programs, Sales
  • In automotive, we are problem solvers. We have to solve the issues within vehicles. When in the classroom, I can actually connect the math skills my high school students are learning in their math classes to practical situations in an automotive environment with the NC3 certifications we offer at our institution.
    Jerry Kobriger | Automotive Instructor
    Park High School
  • NC3 provides a key strategy for community and technical colleges in aligning training needs with industry requirements. An industry certification adds a credential link from a degree to a career.
    Bryan D. Albrecht | President
    Gateway Technical College | Kenosha, WI
  • The time is now to focus on technical education in America. Let's bring back the dignity of work.
    Nick Pinchuk | Chairman & CEO
    Snap-on Incorporated