When the State of North Carolina received its share of the master settlement from cigarette manufacturers, it set up the Golden LEAF foundation with half of the funds to transform the state’s economy and workforce. One of Golden LEAF’s major grants was to the North Carolina Community College System to start its BioNetwork initiative, which is also supported by ongoing allocations from the state legislature. The initiative is designed to prepare the state’s workforce for employment in the emerging biotechnology field. The initiative now has six centers across the state, with involvement from twenty colleges.
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