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A workforce like no other: Skilled and uniquely motivated.

A labor pool of size and quality that doesn’t break the bank: That’s an important asset for any sector. And here in Madison, employers enjoy one more critical and unique advantage: When people love where they live, they’re happy to do what it takes to “make it work.”

We know how to work: Attitude + skills. While the costs of living and labor are reasonable in Madison, the quality of the workforce is assured, not only through a strong foundational work ethic, but also through an educational system and range of educational opportunities that facilitate the mental agility needed for global competitiveness. Excellence begins in Madison’s K-12 system turning out career- and college-ready graduates, but the educational opportunities don’t stop there, with powerhouse higher education institutions right here at home and just minutes away, including Mars Hills University located here in Madison County, UNC Asheville, and within 1 hour leading institutions such as Western Carolina University and East Tennessee State University, where Madison County students enjoy in-state tuition.

And while these opportunities insure a solid foundation for our labor pool, your operation is also assured targeted training provided when and where you need it through Asheville-Buncombe Community College (A-B Tech).

A-B Tech: Accelerated and fully aligned. A key component in Madison’s strategically aligned workforce pipeline, A-B Tech Madison insures that our high school students race to the top, propelling productivity with them, through the Career and College Promise Career-Technical (CTE) pathways, 19 different pathways that allow high school students to earn college credits toward a job credential, diploma or certificate in a technical career. For a great start or for a boost to life-long learning and skills enhancements, A-B Tech is the high-value solution, with offerings through seven college-wide academic divisions, including 61 curriculum programs, 55 degrees, 18 diplomas and 56 certificates.

Get up and running fast: On the floor and on top of global needs. As a Madison employer, you’ll find A-B Tech at your service for all your workforce needs. Enjoy the productivity and profitability generated by a globally qualified team, thanks to customized workforce training created in conjunction with the state’s NC Works Services program, one of the nation’s top training programs, delivered wherever, whenever your operation requires—in an A-B classroom or on your shop floor, prior to start-up or through OJT training. And A-B Tech also provides a range of critical workforce services, including pre-hire recruitment, screening and assessment.

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