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CAWDB Sets Priorities for the Next Two Years

The Capital Area Workforce Development Board has selected 3 priorities for the current, and next, fiscal year: Apprenticeship, Advocacy, and Advancing Youth (Unifying Goal.)

Work in these areas support the purpose of CAWDB, which is to
— have a workforce system that is responsive to the needs of the local area,
— connect private and public resources necessary to fill those needs,
— help individuals attain skills necessary for gainful employment, and
— assist employers with maintaining a skilled workforce so that they can compete in a global economy.

Apprenticeships are internationally recognized as an effective way for employers to create the workforce they need while the employee learns and increases their skill levels. The value of apprenticeships and processes for implementing (businesses) and progressing through apprenticeship programs (job seekers/employees), must be understood by entire community. This committee’s work supports all 4 areas.

Advocacy involves actively garnering support for CAWD and workforce development so that resources are always available for training and job programs. And as a major talent source, youth and young adults require special attention if they are to meet the ever-changing skill requirements of today’s workplace.

Anyone interested in participating in the work of either committee on an ad hoc basis should contact the Executive Director – pat.sturdivant@wakegov.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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1st Cohort Graduates from IT Beginnings!

Information technology jobs are plentiful due to a shortage of skilled workers, not just locally, but nationally.  IT Beginnings was created to help young people, with little to no technical skills, develop tech skills and earn an industry-recognized credential in order to qualify for these in-demand jobs. Seven individuals completed the 12-week program that included mock interviews with reps from local businesses.

The graduation ceremony was held at the new Raleigh Pathways Center, a facility dedicated to setting individuals on career pathways that offer good pay in occupations with bright futures and high growth. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was present to offer her congratulations as was Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of CAWD.

Many will continue their training by enrolling in TechHire, another CAWD/Wake Tech program with more vigorous training and work experience opportunities with local businesses.

Recruiting for the second cohort of participants will begin in the new year!

Upcoming Career Pathways Events

Regional Events:

There will be three Career Pathway Working Groups meeting in early September. These groups are meeting to set annual goals for the regional pathway work.

Demand Driven/Data Informed and Career Awareness Working Group is meeting September 7th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
Employer Engagement and Work-Based Learning Working Group is meeting September 11th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
Articulation and Multiple Points of Entry Working Group is meeting September 11th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh

Local Events:

Updates on NCWorks Certified Career Pathways and strategies on how to continue to implement the pathways local will be shared at the Capital Area Workforce Development Board Partners Meetings in late September.

Johnston County Partners Meeting will be held on September 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the NCWorks Career Center, 8998 US-70 BUS, Clayton, NC 27520.
Wake County Partners Meeting time and location will be announced shortly.

Stay tuned for details!

 

Backpacks-2-Briefcases: College Grads Need Help, Too

Believe it or not, there’s a workforce program to help most every personal situation a person might find themselves in, regardless of age, experience, and background.

John was an NCSU college graduate working full-time, but making minimum wage in a job unrelated to his degree. It offered no pathway for him to reach his career goal in environmental sciences, so he signed up for B2B.

He quickly realized that there’s more to finding a job today than merely applying online. B2B introduced him to networking and interviewing with confidence. “I think that the johnmock interviews prepared me for my actual job interview. B2B also taught me invaluable research techniques that helped me succeed in my job search,” he said.

Immediately after one of the networking events B2B had, John was hired full time as an Air Quality Scientist with AECOM! Now he travels to industrial facilities throughout the southeast, collecting samples of emissions to determine if companies are in compliance with EPA and government regulations for air pollution standards.

Interested in B2B?  Contact Patrick.Buford@edsisolutions.com.

 

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Cisco Lunch & Learn

Educational Data Systems Incorporated (EDSI) hosted a Lunch & Learn with Cisco for the Capital Area Youth program in Raleigh. EDSI is a national workforce development consulting company. Their Wake County office provides academic and career services to local youth, in and out of school, aged 16 to 24.

Twenty-eight young adults attended the event to learn more about potential careers in technology and beyond. Employees from Cisco discussed the different career pathways available and the interests that brought them to this field. The young adults were then able to ask their own questions of the panel. Some of the subjects they touched on included education, company culture, and the “spark” that helps an employee find fulfillment in their work.

Lunch was provided to  participants by Cisco. EDSI plans to run this panel every quarter at the youth center, with a “Day at Cisco” Youth Summit to be scheduled in early Summer.
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CAWD Board Member Chosen for Leadership North Carolina.

We have always believed that we have the best board members in the state.  So it’s no surprise that Anthony Caison, VP of Continuing Ed. at Wake Tech and “board member extraordinairAnthony Caison_smalle” was among a select few chosen for Leadership North Carolina!

What he will learn about the state, its strengths, weaknesses, and community needs are sure to impact what we do to impact the local workforce and business community.

Congratulations, Anthony!

Chris Johnson, Johnston County Economic Development

At the Table For Economic Developers

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Economic developers have a big job – getting businesses to come (attraction), to stay (retention), and grow (expansion).  Often, this includes understanding and communicating information about the current and future workforce, and the historic and projected performance of various industries. CAWD believes strongly in economic development through workforce excellence, the result of which should be a strong talent pipeline that will feed the needs of employers regardless of where they are in the business cycle.

Economic developers are an important link to the business community. Whether we are providing letters of support that articulate services we will provide their business clients, or they are partnering with us on grant applications and industry projects, working together is the best means of conveying a commitment to their success.

CAWD has been involved in several economic development projects, including the expansion of Relias Learning which will bring 450 new jobs to Cary, Novo Nordisk’s expansion that will bring 600 jobs to Johnston County, and Silicon Valley start-up Walk Me’s new location in downtown Raleigh.

 

 

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Chris Johnson, Director, Johnston County Economic Development
Adrienne Cole, Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development

	

Enhancing Partner Relationships

symbioticCapital Area’s board members created three new task forces to concentrate on areas deemed vital to the success of our work – Strategic Communications, Unifying Goal, and Symbiotic Relationships.  Symbiotic relationships are those where both entities benefit mutually from the relationship.  Because workforce development is such a collaborative endeavor, CAWD is taking steps to understand how our partners feel about working with us, and how we can improve.

A survey was sent to over 100 organizations with whom we currently work, or have worked with in the past. Each was asked to answer questions to help us evaluate our current standing. They also provided suggestions for improving the relationship, such as more communication about board activities.

A new survey will be sent to clarify and expand on what we learned from the first survey. If you did not participate, but want to be included in a follow-up survey, please send an email to CAWD@wakegov.com.

 

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CAWD Certifies First NCWorks Career Center for Veterans!

*More than a third of companies surveyed by CareerBuilder are actively recruiting veterans. And almost half (47%) of the same employers have hired a former member of the armed forces in the last year. Employers love veterans for their initiative, work ethic, and tenacity, yet they can lack the technical skills and qualifications needed to enter the civilian workforce in such a competitive job market. In November, CAWD established the state’s first Specialized NCWorks Career Center for veterans to help veterans move more readily into civilian jobs. Veterans from all military branches can utilize the center and family members are welcome as well.

best_full-frontThe National Guard Employment and Education Center (EEC) was already providing job search assistance to servicemen and women. Now they offer enhanced services. Capital Area’s one-stop staff trained National Guard personnel on NCWorks policies and procedures so that customers can receive any of the WIOA services for which they qualify, such as training for new skills or increasing current skill levels. They can also utilize the job matching capabilities of NCWorks.gov.

Although veterans can access workforce services at any NCWorks Career Center, being located in the NC National Guard Joint Force Headquarters offers more convenient access prior to exiting the military, and valuable peer support.

The Specialty NCWorks Career Center is located at 1636 Gold Star Drive in Raleigh.

*Source: EMSI
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#Good Work

By Brenda Wilkerson
CAWD Communications Mgr.

Few people really impress me, but one group stands out – CAWD’s board members. And no, I’m not just saying that. I’ve been here about 10 years (OMG, that went fast!) as members have served and moved on. But our current members are deeply involved and passionate leaders. #Goodwork is my way of celebrating the things they do on TOP of what they do as board members…which is quite a bit! Whether they’re running

Grace. She was so close, but you know how life seems to get in the way sometimes. A husband, young children and the financial obligations that come along with a young family took precedence over finishing nursing school, an accomplishment that would add nicely to the household coffers and put her on a solid career path. But she persevered until the only thing left was to take final exams, and paying her certification and licensing fees -money she couldn’t manage to scrape together.

howard-at-old-buildingGrace soon learned that there are people and organizations dedicated to easing the burden of career transitions. Like Dorcas Ministries in Cary which happens to be run by CAWD Board member Howard Manning. The cost for Grace’s school expenses were awarded to her through Dorcas’ Margaret Keller Education Scholarship fund! So the next time you’re at Wake Med, you may see Grace there, in her dream job and making a difference as she has always wanted to do.

To Howard, the staff at Dorcas, and Grace – we say #goodwork!