Durham Tech taps Jerry Jones, former workforce engagement director at Pitt Community College, to head Center for Workforce Engagement

Durham Tech has announced the hiring of Jerry Jones, former Director of Career Services and Workforce Development at Pitt Community College, who will lead the College’s Center for Workforce Engagement. 

Jones will lead a Center focused on providing high-quality customized training, small business support, and apprenticeship, internship and other work-based learning experiences for students. The Center is tasked also with ensuring strong relationships between the College and employers, county economic development leadership, and economic and workforce development organizations.  

Jones received his Master of Science in Managerial Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Management from National-Louis University in Virginia. He started his career in engineering and telecommunications and worked in the advanced manufacturing sector before joining Pitt Community College. At Pitt, he led the College’s work on customized training and career services, developed apprenticeships, and managed relationships with companies in the utilities, advanced manufacturing and life sciences sectors, among others.  

He joins Durham Tech at a time of major regional growth and employment opportunities in life sciences, IT, skilled trades, advanced manufacturing and health care. The College has made commitments to meet the workforce needs in these areas and to support the economic and social mobility of Durham and Orange County residents. 

President J.B. Buxton said he looked forward to having Jones grow the new Center for Workforce Engagement. 

“Jerry Jones knows industry and he knows community colleges. His combined experience and proven leadership will help Durham Tech be the leader in building a diverse talent pipeline for a dynamic regional economy,” Buxton said. 

Desiree Towson, M.S.: Durham Tech Communications and Public Relations Coordinator at allisontowsond@durhamtech.edu