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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
The NCWorks Johnston County Job Fair is on May 9th at the Clayton Community Center. This years event is sponsored by S.T. Wooten.
Approximately 55 employers are expected, including OPW, Duke University and Duke University Health System, 3C Packaging, Wake County Government, FedEx, and AAF Flanders. As of right now, 46 businesses have signed up.
There is no fee for businesses or job seekers!
The employer list is updated regularly. Copy/paste this link into your browser to download. https://capitalareancworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Joco-Job-Fair-Biz-List.pdf
Raleigh, NC (April 1, 2019) – Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) was awarded the Laurie Moran Partnership Award by the National Association of Workforce Boards. The award recognizes workforce boards that have formed significant partnerships with chambers of commerce to advance workforce and economic development in their local region. CAWD shares the award with The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce/Wake County Economic Development program.
“I am really proud to share this award with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. As partners, we understand that an important part of economic development is ensuring a skilled workforce can support business and economic growth. Receiving the Laurie Moran Award signifies that we are doing it right,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.
“It is an honor to be recognized with the Laurie Moran Partnership Award,” said Adrienne Cole, president and CEO of the Raleigh Chamber. “We are privileged to partner with the Capital Area Workforce Development Board. Their expertise and unwavering collaboration is vital to developing our world-class employment base.”
The award comes on the heels of the 10th anniversary of HCL Technologies’ move to Cary, North Carolina. The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce/Wake County Economic Development and CAWD forged partnerships with Wake Technical Community College and NC State University to recruit the global tech enterprise by demonstrating local workforce capabilities that have enabled the company to grow and employ 1300 people. CAWD executive director Pat Sturdivant appeared on the official agenda with NC Governor Roy Cooper.
The award is named in honor of Laurie Moran who served in Danville, Virginia on a local workforce board and was President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce from 2002 until her passing. Moran built many bridges in her community, jointly promoting the importance of interdependence of workforce and economic development.
About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.