MDC has a nearly 50-year history in workforce development at the local, state, regional, and national levels. During that time, MDC has:
- operated adult and youth programs
- developed employer-based programming
- worked closely with community colleges and businesses to align training and local employment needs
- provided direct technical assistance to local/state/national agencies and organizations
- developed and disseminated model evaluation practices and procedures
- developed and demonstrated state and regional technical assistance networks
- established one of the two first state workforce development councils (NC Manpower Council)
- researched and developed major federal legislation and state, regional, and national workforce development policy.
MDC is one of few organizations whose work has spanned the four major pieces of federal workforce legislation over the last half of the 20th century: The Manpower Development and Training Act, the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, the Job Training Partnership Act, and the Workforce Investment Act.
While our workforce development agenda has changed over time due to evolving needs and our increasing expertise, MDC has been consistent in one important way: removing the barriers between people and good jobs.