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Regional Collaborations Bring in Over $5M

Education, workforce and economic development organizations in the Triangle enjoy a strong and successful history of working together. In the past few months, over $5.3 million dollars in grant funds have been awarded to fund collaborative projects for special populations and other workforce initiatives. Regardless of the initiative, we strive to prepare participants for jobs that are in-demand within the region’s growing industries.

techhireTECHHIRE – A $3.96 million dollar grant awarded to Wake Tech to prepare young adults for IT careers. Capital Area will use $2M to hire a project coordinator and to fund paid work experiences and on-the-job-training over the 4-yr grant period. SAS, HCL Technologies, and IBM are business partners. The first cohort of trainees began in October with HRD classes provided by Wake Tech, before moving on to technical training that will lead to industry-recognized credentials. Multiple tracks are available depending on previous experience, the longest of which lasts just over 20 months.

The City of Raleigh, Durham Workforce Development Board, and Wake County Economic Development are also partners. Raleigh was officially designated a TechHire community in March of 2016. There are about 50 TechHire communities in the nation. The designation recognizes the effort that communities put into training workers using innovative, non-traditional approaches. To foster the region’s technology ecosystem, Triangle TechHire will produce measurable outcomes, create community and employer engagement, focus on building skills and careers, and reduce barriers to training and employment.

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TRAINING TO WORK – A $1.36 million dollar grant led by Durham Workforce Development Board to provide enhanced workforce services to 170 male and female inmates in work release programs in the Triangle. CAWD will have two new offender specialists in our NCWorks Career Center located at Tillery Place in Raleigh as a result of this grant. Participants will be assisted with developing a life plan before they get out so that they don’t end up back in the system, and have the means to support themselves.

Elements of the initiative will support reentry and promote personal accountability. Inmates will receive access to:
 A career pathway that leads to industry-recognized credentials
 Case management
 Mentoring
 Education
 Job search assistance
 Follow-up services

Partners in the project include NC Department of Public Safety, Wake Tech, Durham Tech, and Wake County Human Services.