Meet Our Workforce

U.S. Coast Guard Medium Range Recovery

Travis James, Structural Work Leader

Boosting the readiness of its MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter fleet has been a top priority for the U.S. Coast Guard since it implemented its Medium Range Recovery Helicopter conversion project, or T-Mod Conversion, in 2007. Overhauling the Jayhawks and installing new avionics suites, that include a communications package and sensor system, will enhance the capabilities of the hard-working copters when they are deployed for search-and-rescue, law enforcement, military, and marine missions in challenging environments. Read more

Hoffer Flow Controls

Jason Futrell, Mechanical Production Supervisor

When he started at Hoffer Flow Controls in 1995, Jason ran errands and cut materials. But CEO Ken Hoffer suggested he build on his high school machinery classes and enroll in College of the Albemarle. Two years later, Jason graduated in machining technology. “There’s a huge demand for educated, trained machinists, and wages have climbed dramatically,” says Stanley Nixon, department chair of COA’s Industrial Technology program. For Jason and other graduates throughout the region, the future is bright. Read more

Albemarle Health

Deborah White, Manager of Surgical Services

After Deborah White graduated from the nursing program at College of the Albemarle, she was offered a job at Albemarle Hospital. “This is a person who has what it takes to be a leader, and I have not been disappointed one moment,” says Suzanne Stonikinis, Director of Surgical Services for Albemarle Health. Deborah’s just one example of the caliber of people who are taking advantage of the education available in Elizabeth City. It’s a boon for employers who have a great pool of quality workers from which to choose. Read more


Bradley Perkins & Rick Anderson, Electronics Technicians

For Bradley Perkins and Rick Anderson, electronics technicians working on air defense and surveillance airships and aerostats, every day is busy keeping sealer machines in top working order. Bradley took electronics courses at Gates County High School, and then enrolled in College of the Albemarle where he learned about TCOM through a co-op program. Rick is completing the same program. “We’re the behind-the-scenes backbone of the company,” says Bradley. “What we do here is important.” Read more