Gov. Roy Cooper advocates for work-based learning in ENC

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WITN) -Alan Rengo, a recent high school graduate, has discovered a passion for Computer Numerical Control (CNC), a technology allowing him to generate 2D designs through coded algorithms.

“I actually sold signs made with CNC to teachers and displayed them at the school’s entrance, including 3-foot letters with my name,” Rengo said.

His ambition to establish a fabrication and carpentry business was reinforced by the Southeastern Education and Economic Development (SEED) academy at Wayne Community College.

The academy offers training in hydraulic and pneumatic systems, machine processing, and drafting.

Davynn Gotschall, one of only four female students in the academy, finds being in a male-dominated environment advantageous.

“Working in this setting encourages competition and ensures high-quality work,” Gotschall shared.

Governor Roy Cooper praised the SEED academy as an investment in Eastern North Carolina’s workforce.

“Students earn while they learn, gaining credentials for well-paying jobs while employers assess their skills,” Cooper explained.

Local business leaders, including Steve Evans, Vice President of Community Development at Smithfield Foods, emphasized the SEED academy’s role in cultivating a skilled workforce.

“Having young talent trained and ready for the job market is crucial for our industry,” Evans said.