ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- "This is an exciting day for our state. It's going to create many more good paying jobs, and it's going to help our economy," Gov. Roy Cooper said to a crowd Wednesday morning.
More than 200 new jobs are coming to Alamance County this year.
"Everything from robotics engineers, instrumentation engineers, certified welders, you name it," said Satyen Patel, the chairman of Prescient.
They'll be housed at Prescient's new manufacturing plant in the North Carolina Commerce Center.
The software construction company is making a commitment to hire locally.
"The secret of success is to make sure we have a strong base of employees that are local," Patel said.
Prescient leaders made the announcement at the new plant in Mebane Wednesday, alongside Cooper and county leaders.
"We formally were a textile community and it's exciting to see the new industries come in," Alamance County Commission Chairman Eddie Boswell said.
Prescient plans to partner with Alamance Community College to create a curriculum aimed at hiring graduates from local schools.
"They're going to be relying on our community college and our universities for the workforce training and the critical thinking skills," Cooper said.
Alamance County is already shifting gears toward a technology and manufacturing hub. The area already has distribution centers like the one for Walmart and big-name manufacturing like Honda.
"It's an excellent transportation hub, secondly, we're in great company," Patel said.
Jobs in the expanding technology field require specialized training, so Cooper used the announcement to talk about his desire to invest in higher education.
"When you look at the kind of jobs that are here, high school education is not enough," he said.
He says that means North Carolina needs to prioritize advanced degrees, certifications and training to continue to attract big tech.
"If they don't see that we're going to invest, then maybe the next time it comes around, they're not going to choose our state," Cooper said.
Prescient also announced it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Colorado to Durham. Company leaders say they made that decision because they wanted better access to the East Coast.