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Former GSK CEO Recognizes North Carolina Community College System for Excellence

Robert Ingram, general partner of Hatteras Venture Partners and former CEO and chairman of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), names North Carolina’s community college system as “one of the best in the country.” The system, he says, prepares its students for entry into the workforce, particularly into pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing fields.

North Carolina has 58 public community colleges, and the system educates over 850,000 students each year. Ingram says that this workforce “asset” was a major factor in GSK’s decision to build a production facility in Zebulon, North Carolina.

One of these community colleges, Forsyth Technical Community College, recently opened a new Center for Emerging Technologies in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, a beacon for innovation in biomedical science and information technology in downtown Winston-Salem.

Read more about North Carolina’s community colleges.