Category Archives: CAWD News

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TechHire Grant for IT Job Training

Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) and Wake Technical Community College will share a $3.9 million dollar grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to train 350 young adults with barriers to employment for IT jobs in cyber security, network and computer systems administration, and computer user support.

“One of the things we hear from employers is that job candidates often have certification after certification, but no practical experience. So being able to partner with employers who will provide onsite work experience is a vital part of this training,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

Anthony Caison, Vice President of Workforce Continuing Education at Wake Tech agrees. “Collaborations like this don’t occur everywhere. We are thrilled to be working with Capital Area and all the other partners who came together for this grant, including Wake County Economic Development and the City of Raleigh. Together we can strengthen the local economy by filling jobs that pay well and help young people attain skills necessary to be competitive job candidates.”

Wake Tech is the lead grant recipient with CAWD receiving approximately half of the grant to fund work experience, on-the-job training and support services for trainees.  The program, known as “TechHire,” is one of several grants that Capital Area and Wake Tech have partnered on to prepare people for jobs.

HCL, SAS, and IBM are business partners for the program. Companies interested in becoming partners can contact CAWD.

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Director to Tackle Women’s Employment Issues

Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director for the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, has been appointed to serve on the Wake County Task Force on Employment and Wage Issues for Women. The task force was formed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners after the Wake County Commission for Women published the State of Employment for Women Report  this past February.

Research in the report reveals that in 2014, although education levels were the same, the median earnings for women over the age of 25 was $34,809, whereas men in the same category earned $50,137. The disparity becomes more pronounced as the education level of women increases. Women with less than a high school diploma earn approximately 67%  of what their male counterparts earn (an income difference of about $6,000/yr), while women with graduate degrees earn approximately 56% of what their male counterparts earn (an income difference of approximately $56,000/yr).

“I’m excited about the work of this task force.  Capital Area has been involved with several projects over the years to help smaller, special populations find employment, such as people with disabilities and ex-offenders. But women make up 50% of our workforce. If we can improve wages and other career obstacles they face, the economic impact to their household and the county could be quite substantial,” said Pat Sturdivant.



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.

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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.