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A message from Economic Development Director Paul Worley

Good Afternoon,

We understand that these are difficult times for everyone, especially our business community. There is a plethora of issues that we are all facing and and lots of information each day regarding assistance programs. Tri-County Community College, County Government, Local Chambers, NC Works Career Center and other resource partners are here to help you navigate through the process and find a solution that meets your needs.

Unfortunately, in times like these, there are individuals that will attempt to exploit businesses by offering to provide assistance with applying to government programs for a fee. Please know that these services and programs are available to you at no cost.

Tri-County Community College wants to reassure our local business and industry partners that we remain dedicated to supporting our community during these unprecedented times. Our Economic and Workforce Development team are on hand to assist any of our local businesses with questions relating to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting local industry. Please direct any business/industry questions to our Economic and Workforce Development staff by using the following emails below.

For general business and industry questions:
Paul Worley at
Aaron Patton at  Kathryn Jenkins at

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Thank You,

Paul Worley Director of Economic And Workforce Development Tri-County Community College Center for Applied Technology


Kathryn Jenkins Director – Small Business Center Tri-County Community College

828-835-9564 xt. 203 828-835-7835

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