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COA Development forum 10/16 5:30 share your ideas

COA Development forum 10/16 5:30 share your ideas




Just read this in the OBX Voice re the College of the Albemarle curriculum: https://outerbanksvoice.com/2017/10/15/dare-commissioners-want-to-hear-views-on-coa-development/#comment-641380 Seems potentially very interesting and worthwhile.

If any of you who live down there attend, I'd love to read your feedback. There are so many complaints about lack of jobs and needing to expand the economy into more areas besides tourism. Hoping for some realistic, good ideas to come out that will actually be implemented.


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Tell you what they need is a Watermen's apprentice program. everything from commercial fishing to getting a Captain's licence. They could tie in with their small business program and help the fishing community that is literally across the road from them ( Wanchese).

They have also should try offering more skilled trade programs too. The HVAC and plumbing programs are waitlisted.


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Agree. There are a lot of folks around here, including a couple close friends, who’d benefit greatly from trade apprenticeship programs.


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Thanks you guys. Certainly makes sense to me. I do remember at one time they talked about a shipbuilding program... I hope they do a good write up about the meeting - or that someone here goes and reports back.


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Tim Sweeney has made great efforts to create a program that would certify people in various aspects of vacation rentals - whether maintenance, front desk, and maybe housekeeping. I have been very impressed with his outreach to the local companies.


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Good to know, Maslin.

I checked back to that article earlier today and see there are some more comments - which I (as an outsider) found very thought provoking.

The campus has an opportunity to reach out to many aspiring students - both in the trades, as well as those who want a four year degree, career changers - and older people who may not need the credits but want the stimulation and interaction offered by college courses.

Looking forward to more info.