Category Archives: CAWD News


Steps 2 Success: Jobs @WakeGov for the Underserved

Steps 2 Success (S2S) is a collaboration between Wake County Government and CAWD to prepare underserved populations for job opportunities with the county. Cohort #1 is currently receiving onsite work experience with various county departments including Human Services and the animal shelter. After the program, S2S trainees have a leg up on the competition for job vacancies.

S2S is an example of Wake County leaders taking bold steps and setting the example for giving individuals a chance to build great careers. A second cohort will begin in the coming months!

Pictured are 3 trainees (standing R to L) and their instructors.

Working Smart

Working Smart Soft Skills Training

Soft skills are the intangible personal qualities that employers want in workers; dependability,  work ethic, positive attitude, flexibility, team-oriented, and able to work under pressure.  Now job candidates can prove they have the soft skills employers desire most.

Working Smart, a 16-lesson soft skills curriculum taught over a minimum of 24 hours. Participants receive certificates only after they demonstrate competency using self-awareness, self-management, communication, and problem-solving skills. They must also demonstrate aptitude in work ethic.

The first class begins May 9th at the NCWorks Career Center at Tillery Place in Raleigh. Participants must register online at and attend all sessions.


WRAL & CAWD Partner for Career Expo

Capital Area Workforce Development and WRAL partner each year to connect employers from throughout the WRAL viewing area with job seekers.  Many other job fairs tend to have more non-employers, but this expo targets businesses with job vacancies. The event will be held August 4th from 10-2 at the McKimmon Center on the campus of NC State.

Job seekers and employers can find full details and registration information, including career fair advice and employer lists, at

Sponsorships are available.


Ideas Sought for WIOA Plan

The Capital Area Workforce Development Board is developing a 4-yr strategic plan that satisfies requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It will outline strategies for coordinating workforce programs and services for Wake and Johnston counties for 2016-2020.  The public is invited to provide input and recommendations to assist in the design of the plan.

Email recommendations to with the subject line “WIOA Plan-Public Input” by 5 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2017.

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Grand Opening a Big Success!

The NCWorks Career Center in Clayton is “official” now!  Several guests and partners witnesses the center’s grand opening on March 11th, including Capital Area Workforce Development Chair Susan Jackson of BCBS and Clayton Chamber of Commerce Jim Godfrey.  Will Collins, Director of NCWorks at NC Dept of Commerce and Secretary of Commerce Jim Skvarla were guest speakers.

Career center staff did a wonderful job putting on a great event. Job seekers and employers are encouraged to visit the center anytime.

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Work-based Learning Guide

Work-based learning is the best way for all ages to identify interests, strengths, and skills needed to be successful in various careers. A hands-on experience in a real setting makes all the difference in the world to students and people of all ages. If your company offers anything from job-shadowing and tours to mentoring and apprenticeships, you’re in the work-based learning business!

Go here to tell us about the work-based opportunities your company offers.  Your response will be compiled in a Work-based Learning Directory to help educators and workforce partners connect with you.

Contact us at if you have questions.

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We’re Out to Prove Wake is Work Ready!

We’re out to prove just how great our workforce is by getting Wake County certified as a Work Ready Community (WRC).  A WRC is one that has QUANTIFIED the skill level of its workforce to improve and keep the flow of supply and demand in sync. Job seekers will better understand what skills employers are looking for, educators will have a better understanding of where skill gaps exist, and employers will have evidence that a person has real-world job skills without mere reliance on a resume. Join CAWD, Wake County Economic Development, and Wake Tech in getting Wake County certified as a Work Ready Community.  Sign your company up as a supporter.


Board member Cindy Waite of Accentuate Staffing speaking to Clayton Women in Networking group

Board Members Spread the Word

Our Board members actively promote workforce services throughout the community! Speaking engagements with professional associations, business advisory committees, and other groups that share CAWDB’s target audience will be ongoing throughout the year.  Cindy Waite, President of Accentuate Staffing recently presented to Clayton WIN (Women in Networking), a group of professionals who empower one another through leadership and community commitment.  If your group is interested in having us present, contact our Business Engagement Director –