HAVELOCK, NC (WITN) Governor Roy Cooper says preparing and maintaining North Carolina's workforce is one of his top priorities.
The governor visited the Havelock campus of Craven Community College, sharing his ideas for a "NC Job Ready Fund."
He toured some of the school's technical trade classes, saying our workforce needs a variety of skilled people.
Cooper wants $60-million for three facets of the program that aims to provide fiscal assistance to college students who are at risk of dropping out due to financial struggles.
Cooper says, "Education is becoming unaffordable for a lot of middle-class families in North Carolina. We need to make sure that people get the education and training they need to have good paying jobs."
The governor says he plans to share his proposed plan with legislature when they reconvene later this month.