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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.

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.

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.

More for Small Biz

CAWD has enhanced business programs to better serve small, minority, and woman-owned companies (SMWBs), especially those with 100 or fewer employees. These businesses are significant in number and over time can play an increased role in job creation. Yet many don’t receive incentives and resources offered to big business to help them grow and add more jobs.

Two changes have been implemented. First, Catalyst 2020 was developed to fund in-house training for a company’s current employees. To give small businesses a boost in the application process, fields have been added to identify SMWBs. If checked, additional points are awarded in the scoring system, increasing the likelihood of further review.

Second, on-the-job training historically reimburses companies 50% of wages paid during training for new hires. We have increased it to 75% for SMWBs. By increasing financial support, these companies can hold on to existing working capital necessary to fulfill their growth ambitions.

If you know of small businesses who might benefit from Catalyst 2020 or OJT, refer them to Kimberly.Wheeler@wakegov.com.

Board Member Changes

L-R: Pat Sturdivant, Kristy Moore, Jerilyn Meckler, Craig Hagood

CAWD welcomed four new members at the June board meeting. Kristy Moore, VP at NC Association of Educators; Craig Hagood, CEO and President of House-Autry; and Jerilyn Meckler, VP of Talent & Culture at Nomaco. Not pictured is Chip Wood of the NC Division of Workforce Solutions.

L-R: Pat Sturdivant, Valerie Sachariat, Susan Jackson, Anthony Caison

Exiting board members are Susan Jackson, Anthony Caison, and Valerie Sachariat. Susan and Valerie were long-term members, serving 14 and 9 years respectively. Both also served as board chair during their tenure. Susan’s extensive background in healthcare made her invaluable and she will continue to serve on the NCWorks Commission. Anthony is leaving the board after 5 years of board and executive committee service. As VP of Workforce Continuing Education at Wake Tech, we rest in the fact that our long-standing relationship will remain in tact. Sadly, as Director of Recruiting at Charter Communications, Valerie is being relocated to Charlotte. They all will be greatly missed.

Selections for the executive committee were also confirmed in June.

  • Chair – Steve Miller, Novo Nordisk
  • Vice Chair – Brian Holland, Global Knowledge
  • Secretary – Tom White, NC State University Economic Development Partnership 

It was a bittersweet meeting, but we are thrilled with the caliber of our new members, executive committee, and the passion for workforce development they are all bringing to the board.