ASHEBORO — Asheboro City Schools (ACS), the Randolph County School System (RCSS) and Randolph Community College (RCC) jointly received the 2017 Partner in Progress Award from the Randolph County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) at its 32nd annual meeting held Tuesday at AVS Banquet Centre.
The award is given each year to the individual or group that goes the extra mile in promoting and supporting the work of economic development in Randolph County.
“Our award exemplifies leadership, commitment and collaboration,” EDC Vice President Kevin Franklin said. “This year we recognize several organizations whose collaboration will help ensure a strong workforce in Randolph County into the future.”
ACS Superintendent Dr. Terry Worrell, RCSS Superintendent Dr. Stephen Gainey and RCC President Dr. Robert Shackleford accepted the award for their work on Pathways to Prosperity, a program designed to broaden the job possibilities for high school graduates by offering opportunities in career and technical fields not requiring a four-year degree.
In Randolph County, the focus is on advanced manufacturing and the collaboration has already resulted in a Golden LEAF Foundation grant to assist with the expansion of RCSS’ metals program into Eastern Randolph High School and the addition of advanced manufacturing classes at Asheboro High School. The high school-level classes are aligned with Computer Integrated Machining and other advanced manufacturing programs available at RCC.
EDC President Bonnie Renfro provided highlights from last year, including the creation of 422 new jobs as well as $52.3 million in new industrial investment impacting 550,737 square feet of real estate. Projects also secured $934,000 in grants for existing businesses. Since January, Renfro noted the EDC has already announced 220 more new jobs and $35.7 million in additional capital investment that will impact 432,000 square feet of real estate, and an additional $2 million in grants secured or being sought this year in Randolph County.
The annual meeting also served as a celebration for Renfro’s retirement.
“For the last 22 years, it’s been my honor and my privilege to serve the people of this great county with economic development services,” Renfro said. “Through the years, I’ve personally been blessed with strong leadership … and a strong commitment from both the public and the private sector.”
Source: Courier Tribune