All posts by Brenda Wilkerson

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

CAWD Receives $1.5M for New Reentry Initiative

Raleigh, NC, August 20, 2019 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board  was awarded $1.5 million to provide individuals returning to the workforce from the justice system opportunities for meaningful employment. The funds are available through a U.S. Department of Labor’s Education and Training Administration grant. The initiative is called “Roads to Reentry” and will provide career readiness support, education and training to 188 individuals reentering the workforce.

“Roads to Reentry is a part of CAWD’s strategic plan to provide services that ensure that all Wake and Johnston County citizens have access to employment,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD. “And with Roads to Reentry we don’t want them to get just any job, but we’re being intentional about moving them into high-demand occupations like skilled trades that also offer better pay.”

Participants must be 25 or older with no sex offenses other than prostitution. They must have been released within nine months from program start or are being released within six months from program start. This includes those from Wake Correctional Center, Johnston Correctional Institute, and N.C. Correctional Institute for Women and other facilities where individuals may be returning to Johnston and Wake upon release.

CAWD will partner with Eckerd Connects, Wake Technical Community College, Johnston Community College, N.C. Department of Public Safety, Wake Department of Social Services, Legal Aid NC, Wake Reentry Council, and multiple employers to facilitate the program.

For questions, contact Pat.Sturdivant@wakegov.com or call 919-856-6048.

Partner Meetings

One of the things CAWD and our partners have been working on is a common referral process for use throughout the  Capital Area NCWorks Career Center System.  In the May meeting,  training was provided as a part of implementing the new referral process. Use of the referral process includes giving partner agencies access to NCWorks Online, something previously not allowed but was critical to making the process as smooth as possible.

In the June meeting, there was discussion around cost sharing and more ways we can leverage one another’s strengths in service to our customers.

Strong partnerships are critical to workforce development. If you haven’t attended a partner’s meeting, we hope you can make one in the future. More meetings are being scheduled, so be on the lookout for your invitation.