Accelerate to Industry (A2I) is a unique workforce development program designed by NC State University to allow graduate students to examine real-world careers. The primary purpose of the program is to bridge the gap between academic training and workforce readiness.
North Carolina Central University School of Graduate Studies will partner with area industry leaders and select students based on industry needs and the students’ aptitude to meet those needs. Students can be immersed in the companies’ environments to see how the lessons and skills developed in their academic program are utilized to meet the challenges of industry. This allows companies to determine how well students will work on a team and how they can help fulfill their mission. The program allows students to build confidence not only in their technical abilities but also in their communication and leadership skills.
A2i is an experience that includes:
- Development workshops
- Panel discussions
- Networking events
- Information on job search strategies
All are designed to collectively increase awareness of industry careers and to develop key competencies highly valued by industry.