NC Advanced Manufacturing Alliance


Craven Community College and nine other North Carolina community colleges have formed the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (NCAMA), recipient of an $18 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Labor and the United States Department of Education.

The primary goal of the NCAMA is to help educate dislocated and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) workers, unemployed or underemployed, high school students and Veterans for high-quality jobs in many fields, from welding and composites to computer integrated machining and electronics. The NCAMA will work to provide fast-track pathways to jobs for North Carolinians.

Targeted Population

  • Threatened TAA workers – Trade Affected Workers
  • Dislocated Worker – to be eligible as a dislocated worker you must have been terminated or laid-off or have received a notice of termination or lay-off from employment; or were self-employed but are now unemployed.
  • Unemployed – to be eligible as an unemployed worker you have to be without a job and want and are available to work.
  • Underemployed – to be eligible as an underemployed worker you have to be working part time but desires full time employment, or who is working in employment not commensurate with the individuals demonstrated level of educational and/or skill achievement.
  • Veterans – other than a dishonorable discharge
  • Basic Skills/Career and College Prep Students
  • High School Students – If you are a high school junior or senior in a career cluster program at your local school, this pathway will give you the opportunity to enroll in a CCC Certificate Program that aligns with your high school program.

Many career clusters have been identified at the state level; however, not all clusters may be available at local high schools. High school students should consult with their high school counselors to learn about specific career clusters available at their local high schools. For more information about career clusters offered in NC, please visit
NC Career Clusters

Requirements for High School Students

  • Be high school juniors or seniors;
  • Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on high school courses or have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee; and
  • Meet the prerequisites for the Career Pathway (as defined by the college and the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance Procedures).

The Career and Technical Pathway leads to a certificate, diploma or degree aligned to fields of employment or industries that lead to careers within related career areas.

Career-Technical Pathway Options currently include the following Certificates, Diploma or Degree Programs.

NOTE: Degrees with ++, Diploma and /or Certificate option(s) are also available.

Certificate or degree only

Helpful Information

Contact Information:

Misty McMillan
Asst. Project Coordinator
Craven Community College
800 College Court
New Bern, NC 28562 
(252) 638-1425