Elbert Lassiter New RCC VP
for Workforce Development & Continuing Education

ASHEBORO (May 22, 2014)

Robert Shackleford with Rose and Elbert Lassiter
Jim Campbell and Elbert Lassiter

TOP: Randolph Community College President Robert S. Shackleford Jr. (left) announced Thursday that Elbert Lassiter (right) had been chosen as the vice president for workforce development and continuing education for RCC. Elbert’s wife, Rose, is seen center.

BOTTOM: New RCC Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education Elbert Lassiter (right) talks with Jim Campbell, a member of RCC’s Board of Trustees, after the announcement of Lassiter’s appointment.

Randolph Community College introduced Elbert J. Lassiter as vice president for its new Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division at a special meeting in the Continuing Education and Industrial Center on Thursday afternoon. The new vice president for workforce development and continuing education will be responsible for the development and implementation of innovative workforce development, continuing education, and personal professional development programs that will meet the current and future needs of Randolph County’s economic development and corporate communities in fulfillment of the College mission, strategic priorities and goals.        
RCC President Robert S. Shackleford Jr. said the College community is very excited about Lassiter joining the RCC family. “His commitment to the community college system, his passion for workforce development, and his servant leadership style make him a perfect fit for RCC,” said Shackleford.
Shackleford announced the College’s new focus on workforce development in April with the overall goal of “closing the skills gap” between job applicants and jobs available today.
“Despite our best efforts in corporate and continuing education, a job-skills gap remains for many of our citizens, and we need to better align our workforce development resources. This area is important enough to the College’s ongoing success and Randolph County’s success that it is time to add a position at the vice president level,” said Shackleford.
Lassiter spoke briefly at the announcement that was attended by numerous Randolph County community and industry leaders, as well as RCC faculty and staff members. “This is indeed an exciting opportunity for me,” he said. “I’m excited about the key focus on workforce development. I’m excited about collaborating with economic development, the chamber, and city and state officials. Mostly, I’m excited for what this means for the citizens of Randolph County.”
Lassiter previously served a four-year term on the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees. He was appointed to the Board by then N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue and served from 2009-2013.
Most recently an operations manager for MOM Brands in Asheboro, Lassiter had been plant manager for Goodyear and Hyosung USA’s Asheboro Wire Plant for many years.
Lassiter was raised in Randolph County and graduated from Southwest Randolph High School. He earned a bachelor of science in business and management from Shaw University and has completed leadership development training at the Center for Creative Leadership, as well as Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma training. Lassiter also plans to pursue an MBA.
He is very involved in the community. Lassiter serves on the Board of Trustees of Randolph Hospital, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Randolph County, and serves on the boards of the Randolph County Partnership for Children and United Way of Randolph County. He formerly served on the Board of the Asheboro Chamber of Commerce (2005-2011) and the Workforce Development Board.
Lassiter is a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Siler City, where he serves as a deacon, and is president of the Congress of Christian Education (Auxiliary of Baptist State Convention of NC).
He enjoys golf and is a college and high school football official.
Lassiter lives in Asheboro with his wife, Rose. They have two children, April Lassiter and Doug Brewer.