"To prepare and connect Durham's young people to Durham's best jobs."

Durham, N.C., boasts a thriving, knowledge economy with a strong employer base and employment growth rate projected to outstrip state and U.S. averages by 2021. Yet too few of Durham’s young people are getting these good jobs, and too few have the academic and workplace skills to compete with more qualified candidates moving in from other cities and states.

Community leaders, armed with knowledge, analysis and technical assistance from MDC, formed a nonprofit and community partnership called Made in Durham.

Made in Durham was created to prepare and connect Durham’s youth to Durham’s best jobs. The coalition of business, government, education, youth-serving nonprofits and young people are working to create an education-to-career system that will ensure more of Durham's young people find academic and career success in their community.


Made in Durham grew out of an effort begun in June 2013, when the Made in Durham Task Force, composed of local business CEOs, education and public sector leaders, and community advocates, convened to translate the recommendations of a 2012 MDC report, Made in Durham: Building an Education-to-Career System, into a blueprint for an education-to-career system.

Dr. Victor Dzau, president of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (formerly president & CEO of Duke University Health System), served as chair of the Task Force and Anita Brown-Graham, then-director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State University, as vice chair. The task force was supported by a Policy Working Group composed of public sector deputies, academics, employers, and community representatives, bringing additional subject knowledge and a critical operational perspective to recommendations for task force deliberation.

The cross-sector, CEO-led task force determined that a new, small, independent nonprofit was needed to execute the Made in Durham Action Plan, and the process of establishing a new nonprofit was completed in 2015. Made in Durham then began to forge a talent development system to advance opportunities for Durham youth by 1) re-engaging students and adults back into education and 2) strengthening work place learning to expose and connect students to direct exposure to living wage workplace opportunities.

Many of the leaders from the private sector, education, and local government who envisioned and created the partnership, including MDC President David Dodson, now serve on its board of directors and advisory team.


Made in Durham: Building an Education-to-Career System Executive Summary

Made in Durham: Building an Education-to-Career System

State of the South 2018: Recovering Our Courage


Executive Voice: Helping students in Durham find a path to success

Triangle Business Journal | April 13, 2017

In Touch with Durham County

Durham Television Network | September 1, 2016

Duke Energy Foundation Awards $30,000 to Made in Durham Education-to-Work Initiative

Durham Herald-Sun | March 20, 2016

Answers for tomorrow’s workforce right here in our backyard
Guest column by Bill Ingram, President, Durham Technical Community College
The Herald-Sun | Dec. 19, 2015

Durham partnership gives youth a voice in community change agenda
The Herald-Sun | Oct 24, 2015

Durham businesses take the lead in preparing youth for the workforce
The Herald-Sun | Sept. 19, 2015

Career exploration internships more than just a summer job
The Herald-Sun | Aug. 15, 2015


For information on MDC’s development and incubation of MID, contact MDC Senior Program Director Julie Mooney at jmooney@mdcinc.org.