All posts by Brenda Wilkerson

CAWD Annual Holiday Breakfast

As a kick-off to the holidays, CAWD held the annual holiday breakfast and board meeting! We brought our partners together to celebrate under a theme of “better together.” It was a chance to reflect on our combined successes, enhance relationships, and learn where we’re heading as state. Thanks to everyone that came out, including three Wake County commissioners and some terrific presenters. Great work is being done in the capital area to make sure that the workforce remains as competitive as possible! Happy Holidays, everyone!

JocoWorks Career Event!

JocoWorks was a huge success! This hands-on career exploration opportunity for 8th graders in Johnston County where 70 employers engaged with kids with promote career paths that could meet the future needs of Johnston County’s workforce. CAWD’s team of “referees” demonstrated how to win at “The Game of Life” by making informed career and financial decisions. This two-day event was held November 14 -15 at Johnston County Community College under the leadership of Johnston Community College, Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, and Johnston County Schools. Shout out to everyone who made this an event to remember!

Trianglecareerpathways.com Launched!

There’s a new information source for those who want to investigate top jobs and industries in the Triangle region. Trianglecareerpathways.com was developed specifically to provide job descriptions, education and training requirements, and resources for job seekers, career-builders, or career-changers. What’s unique about the site is it only features occupations that are high-growth and high-demand; those that employers are having a tough time filling.

Career pathways provide options for career growth by showing job entry/exit points along with typical qualifications and wages as one gains knowledge and experience along the way. For example, one may enter the information technology career pathway as a help desk support specialist with an associates degree and a certification. After some experience, the person may decide to get new certifications to qualify for a higher paying job in the field. While some may be content at that position, others may decide to enroll for a 4-year degree in order to go even higher.

Perhaps someone is already at a mid-level position. They too can find out what jobs and requirements are required to move higher, or they may choose a lateral position that fits the career change they’d like to make. It’s all about options!

There is also a resource page where users can find training providers or download career guides and other useful information.

Trianglecareerpathways.com is the result of collaboration between CAWD, Durham and Kerr-Tar workforce development boards.

IT Beginnings is Back!

IT Beginnings is for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 interested in tech careers. Every business needs information technology employees and IT Beginnings provides opportunities to build skills, obtain a certification, personal skills needed to land a job, and so much more!

IT Beginnings is free, but you must apply. Classes are held at 900 South Wilmington Street in Raleigh.

For more information, download the flyer or contact Bradley Upchurch at 919-996-5524 or bradley.upchurch@raleighnc.gov.

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This program is presented by City of Raleigh, CAWD, and Wake Tech!

New Additions!

While it was sad losing some of our long-time board members, we are thrilled to have several new members in addition to our newly elected executive committee.

CAWD’s new chair is Stephen Miller, HR Business Partner at Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Company. Vice chair is Brian Holland, General Counsel at Global Knowledge, and Tom White, Director of NC State University Economic Development Partnership is the new secretary. Each of them has served multiple years on the board and are well respected by the general membership. They will surely take CAWD to new heights!

Here’s a brief introduction to our new board members:

Monica Meadows is business development officer at BlueLine Aviation.  BlueLine offers multiple aviation training progams and is expanding their presence at Johnston Regional Airport. Monica is responsible for development and implementation of the organization’s growth strategy, and brings a wealth of experience in aviation and talent management.

Nicole Jarvis-Miller is vice president of talent acquisition, diversity, inclusion and culture at Advance Auto. The company moved its headquarters to Raleigh last year with an expected 435 new jobs. Nicole has 19 years of HR leadership experience and is currently responsible for more than 70,000 employees.

Michael Haley is the executive director of Wake County Economic Development. Michael oversees organizational programs, staff, and supports 12 municipalities in the county.  He has played an integral  role in creating an environment in Wake County where businesses and people can grow and thrive, and spends most of his time with community partners working to do just that!

Prem Ranganath is vice president of quality & risk management at Trilliant Networks. He is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive quality strategy for product engineering. Prem applies design thinking to problem solve with his team and does his part to help them succeed in their professional pursuits.

Rob Axford is business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 553). He has been an instructor with the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) for 12 years, treasurer of the Local for 8 years, and spent 2-1/2 years as assistant business manager before being promoted.

Chip Wood is a manager at the NC Division of Workforce Solutions and oversees employees at the NCWorks Career Center in Raleigh.  He started his career at the Employment Security Commission (ESC) in May 1988 as an interviewer in offices that served Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties. He became branch manager of the Swain County JobLink in 2000, was promoted to manager of the Murphy ESC office in 2001, and was selected to lead the Durham office in 2010. Chip was named interim manager in Raleigh in 2018 and officially accepted the permanent appointment in 2019.

You can learn more about all of CAWD’s board members here.

Program Year Begins With New Executive Committee

Capital Area Workforce Development Board members elected a new executive committee for program year 2019-2020.  Each of them have served multiple years on the board and are well respected by the general membership.

The new chair is Stephen Miller, HR Business Partner at Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Company.  Vice chair is Brian Holland, General Counsel at Global Knowledge and Tom White, Director of NC State University Economic Development Partnership is the new secretary.

Visit the board page for more information about all of our board members.

Holiday Breakfast

This holiday season, join our board members and staff in a celebration of partnership at CAWD’s Holiday Breakfast! The event takes place on December 5th at the Park Alumni Center at NCSU and includes special guests, a unique feature presentation and great food!  

Watch your email for an invitation!

Workforce Ready 2019

Workforce Ready 2019 will be held on November 19th at the McKimmon Center. The theme is “Disability Works!” CAWD is cohosting along with NC DHHS,LCI, and DisabilityIN. Content is focused on helping businesses discover hidden assets and benefits of hiring persons with disabilities, best practices for reasonable accommodation and to provide other relevant information. Organizations that help businesses implement inclusion programs and that prepare disabled individuals for the workplace will so be present. Be sure to share this event with business partners!

There is no fee to attend but you must register here.

Workforce Ready: Disability Works! is being held as a part of Disability Awareness Month in North Carolina.

Roads to ReEntry Kick-Off!

An information session about “Roads to ReEntry” will be held on Tuesday, October 29th. This $1.5M grant-funded project will help those leaving corrections facilities in Wake and Johnston counties to transition into the workforce.

The kick-off is specifically for partners who submitted letters of support for the grant application and those who may be interested in supporting the program. The purpose of the session is to review components of the grant and establish expectations for fulfilling expected outcomes. Partners will have an opportunity to express concerns and help determine what adjustments should be made for project success.

Watch your email for an invitation! If you do not receive one, contact malinda.todd@wakegov.com.

CAWD Releases Annual Report

The annual report for PY2018-2019 has been published. CAWD wishes to thank all of the staff, board members, and partners that contributed to our success. Thousands of individuals and businesses received job search assistance and business services. If you have questions about the report, send a message to pat.sturdivant@wakegov.com or call 919-856-6040.

Annual Report