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FAQ: Career Center Closings

HERE ARE ANSWERS TO THE MOST ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING NCWORKS CAREER CENTER CLOSES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Are all the career centers open?

No. Career centers located inside Wake County’s regional centers are now closed. Two centers are open, but operations have been modified. Computers, fax and self-service activities are available by appointment only at the Raleigh and Clayton locations. Call the individual center to make an appointment. Seating is limited based on available computers and social distancing for safety.

NCWorks Career Center – Clayton
8998 US 70 Business Hwy West
Suite 100 Clayton, NC 27520
Phone: (919)553-0953
NCWorks Career Center – Raleigh
1830-B Tillery Place
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone: (919) 715-0111

What about NextGen Centers?

NextGen career centers that serve youth and young adults are also operating by appointment only. The number to call for the Wake county center is 919-977-3632. In Johnston, call (919) 934-1029.  Workshops, GED prep and other services are being delivered online.

What should I, a job seeker, do right now?

Individuals in Wake and Johnston Counties can call 919.715.0111 for one-on-one assistance including job search assistance, resume assistance, counseling and guidance, labor market information, assistance with NCWorks.gov, etc.

How can I as a business set up an appointment to receive services?
Call 919.715.0111

How do I file for unemployment?
Go online to http://www.des.nc.gov or call 888.737.0259.

What if I need technical help with using NCWorks.gov and/or lack a computer or reliable internet access?

Individuals can call 919.715.0111 for assistance with their job search or with navigating NCWorks.gov. For access to a computer or internet access schedule an appointment with a Center.

When will you reopen, or how will you decide when to reopen?

We are evaluating the situation daily and will provide updates as things change. We will make decisions as warranted based on all information provided to us.

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!

Finish Line Grant – Wake Tech and Johnston Community College

Are you a Wake Tech or Johnston Community College student who needs up to $1000 in emergency assistance to finish your education? The Finish Line Grant could help! We cover expenses such as vehicle repairs, utility bills, childcare, housing assistance, books, school supplies, medical emergencies, and more. Complete the one-page application today!

WTCC Finish Line Application

JCC Finish Line Application

For more information or to submit your completed application, please contact Brent Royal at 919-664-7965 or email brent.royal@wakegov.com.

Capital Connections Community News

We often hear that workforce development programs are some of the best kept secrets in the Triangle. People are paying good money for things that are available for FREE! “Capital Connections” is being published to change that. It is a quick-read community newsletter for our residents and small businesses with information that ultimately will allow everyone to succeed and participate in the economic vitality of the region!

Capital Connections – April 2019

New Call Center Launched

Job seekers in Wake and Johnston counties can now receive some career center services by chat, email web forms, and phone.

The call center, named Access NCWorks, is staffed by career center team members who can answer basic questions and help customers navigate NCWorks Online. In addition to job search assistance, staff can make referrals to other community organizations.

Chat and email are available directly via Accessncworks.com or through Capitalareancworks.com.

The call center is a major step towards helping individuals in vulnerable communities, and the disabled, access career services without having to travel to a physical location. If
you have clients who can benefit from this service, have them log-on or call the center
at 919-715-0111.

 

 

“Finish Line” Helps Students With Financial Emergencies

CAWD now has funds to help students at Johnston Community College and Wake Tech with financial emergencies.  Unforeseen financial burdens often derail students from completing degree and training programs.  NC Governor Roy Cooper implemented the Finish Line grant program to fund collaboration between workforce development and community colleges to help these students.

Applicants can receive up to $1000.00 per school year and can apply at their financial aid offices.  Academic standing and program completion rate are considered in addition to the type of financial emergency. Applications will be forwarded to CAWD’s Finish Line Program Manager for final determination.

Students with questions should contact their school’s financial aid office.

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Access Career Clusters & Pathways Guide Online

Choosing the right career requires linking what you know about yourself to information about jobs, education, and training requirements. The most comprehensive site to help career advisers, students, job seekers, and career changers do this is the NC CAREER CLUSTERS GUIDE, now accessible via CAWD’s home page.

The Interest Profiler identifies personal characteristics, strengths, and activities one enjoys then suggests different kinds of work the person should explore. Users can also take a “Reality Check” which suggests jobs based on a desired lifestyle and corresponding income necessary to financially support that lifestyle. Users are guided through more than 900 careers. Occupations within each cluster have similar knowledge and skill requirements, but when linked with the results from the Interest Profiler, are narrowed down to those which most closely match the person’s work-related interests.

Pathways, job descriptions, employment data, wages, and career stories from real people make this career guide a must-see for workforce stakeholders and partners.  Whether planning a future career or getting ready to enter the job market, getting a well-rounded understanding of what employers are looking for in job candidates is always helpful. The NC Career Clusters Guide can also be printed from the website.

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Jobs

If you live in Johnston county and lost your job due to Hurricane Matthew, temporarily or permanently, you could get a temporary job with government agencies that are helping with recovery efforts. Positions include admin, clean-up, social services/customer service, and many others and can last up to 1 year.

JCI  operates the program in Johnston. If you are interested in qualifying for job, send your information to Taylor.Kirks@jcindustries.com or call 919-815-3675.

 

Backpacks-2-Briefcases Helps Recent Grads Find Jobs

It’s no secret that the education system doesn’t really give students real-world jobs skills. Add to that the challenge of transitioning from 12-16 years as a student to a life with a different set of rules and expectations. What most employers want is someone with experience who can hit the ground running, a quality most recent grads lack.

Brittany Sands’ problem as a recent grad was not unique. She graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelor’s in Clinical Research. Unable to land a job in her field, she took a cashier job at CVS. While researching internships, she came across the Backpacks-to-Briefcases program. As a participant, she learned how to improve her resume, interview skills, and presentation skills. Everything learned was put into practice at a job fair organized specifically for participants. There, Brittany was offered a paid internship by Premier Research where she received valuable work experience while the program paid her wages. When the internship ended, she was hired full-time as a Procurement Strategic Sourcing Specialist.

Backpacks-to-Briefcases was first created in 2012 as a CAWD youth program. It was designed specifically to give college graduates the right combination of knowledge, skills, and practical experience to enter the job market, while mitigating training expenses employers. Eighty-six participants were placed at that time. In 2015, it was expanded as Backpacks-2-Briefcases 2.0 in partnership with NC State University, CAWD, and a $386,000 grant by Duke Energy Foundation.

Workforce development programs like Backpacks-to-Briefcases are indicative of the innovative solutions such collaborations can achieve. Participants like Brittany get a foot in the door in order to begin good careers and businesses find people with the skills they need.

To learn more about the program, contact the Capital Area Youth & Young Adult Center at
919-758-8453.