North Carolina is in the midst of an economic transformation. For the first time, the state's technology and business sectors are outpacing its traditional economic base, manufacturing. North Carolina trade schools and their graduates are benefiting from a climate of rapid economic growth, especially technical school programs in computers, information technology, electronics and telecommunications.
The center of North Carolina's technology boom is the Research Triangle Park, between Raleigh and Durham. Home to the state's major universities and research institutes, the Raleigh-Durham area offers an exciting setting for North Carolina technical school students. According to National Information Center of September 2012 data, Charlotte, has evolved into the nation's second-largest banking center, after New York City.
North Carolina's automotive trade school students are attracted to Charlotte for a different reason: it's the center of American motor sports and the home of NASCAR racing. Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte also host a variety of movie and television production projects, thanks to their picturesque settings and relatively low cost of living. North Carolina's economic diversity makes it an ideal environment for vocational and technical school students of all backgrounds and interests.