Mitchell launches Manufacturing Institute in Iredell County 


Mooresville, NC – Mitchell Community College will hold a kick-off for the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute (NCMI) in Iredell County on Tuesday, October 25, 8-10 a.m. at Langtree Plantation.


The NCMI initiative helps to bridge the skills gap between manufacturing careers and qualified applicants. The 8-week program creates a clear, achievable pathway for job seekers and does not require previous manufacturing experience. After successfully completing the course, participants are guaranteed interviews with local partner companies. Participating employers are assured quality, work-ready certified production technicians, helping to promote employee retention and business goals.


NCMI is a unique opportunity for individuals to start a new career or change careers,” said Carol Johnson, vice president of continuing education and workforce development. Johnson noted the large number of manufacturing opportunities available to job seekers in Iredell County. “This is not your parents’ manufacturing­­–this is the path to a skilled career with good wages,” Hedy Ryerson, Human Resource Development coordinator noted. “This is a foot in the door. This is a chance to change your life.” Scholarships are available to cover all student costs.


The program was successfully launched at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 2015. Several Iredell businesses are already partnering with Mitchell on the initiative, including Amesbury Truth, Cardinal Glass Industries, Carolina Beverage Group LLC, Earthkind Inc, GMI MFG, Kewaunee Scientific, Kooks Custom Headers, NGK Ceramics, Niagara Bottling and West Rock. The launch aims to increase awareness and partnerships. For more information about the launch and to make a reservation, please contact Cheryl Sells at