For over six years, the Rivers East Workforce Development Board and the Business and Employer Services Team have engaged in developing partnerships with many local-area agencies and employers by organizing county Business and Industry Councils. BICs are strategically located in each county and are connected with economic development partners who assist employers in the process of identifying and connecting with a skilled workforce. While partnering agencies do vary by county, we appreciate all the support and resources they provide us and our participants.  Their endeavors include improving the skills of emerging, and existing workers to meet the demands of our local-area businesses.

Recently, several of the BICs have accepted the challenge of becoming an ACT Work Ready Community (WRC). Being designated as “Work Ready” tells prospective employers that we have a workforce that is certified, through the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC), and that they are ready for work.  To learn more about WRCs, please visit this link:  We are happy to say that Rivers East has four of our five counties certified:  Beaufort, Hertford, Martin, and Pitt Counties.  Plans are under way to assist Bertie County with starting the WRC process.

To learn more about how you can become involved with your local BIC, please contact Wayne Rollins, Business Services Manager at 252-974-1821.

We are constantly adding and updating partners.  Feel free to visit out Partner Connection page.