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It may be easier to get a job working for the State of North Carolina, thanks to a recent executive order from the governor.  The order loosens college degree requirements for some state government jobs.

According to a news release from the office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Executive Order 278 directs North Carolina human resources officials to identify job classifications that do not require academic degrees.  The move is aimed at eliminating unnecessary degree requirements where years of experience and training would suffice.

The order was driven in part by the North Carolina’s shortage of government workers.  Spectrum News reported some 1,300 state job openings this month.  Officials hope the executive order will make it easier to recruit and retain experienced employees.

“Executive Order 278 specifically seeks to eliminate unnecessary management preferences for degrees, expanding career opportunities for diverse individuals with the skills and competencies to work successfully in state government,” said a government-furnished Frequently Asked Questions about the order.  “Non-Cabinet agencies are strongly encouraged to eliminate unnecessary management preferences for degrees as well.”

So if you were denied application or consideration for a North Carolina government job for a lack of college education, it may be time to re-apply.  State human resources officials are set to begin rolling out the loosened requirements over the next couple of months.

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