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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.

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.

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.

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.

Finalizing the Strategic Plan

CAWD’s strategic plan for PY19-22 will be finalized in September. After discussion and examination around organizational strengths and system challenges, the board came up with these strategic goals:

  1. Assist the untapped workforce in gaining the skills, competencies and credentials required for in-demand, family-supporting careers.
  2. Increase brand awareness with our stakeholders
  3. Align sector initiatives with workforce system and economic development needs

Three committees were formed around the goals: Customer Success, Outreach, and Sector Strategies. Each committee is making final decisions on strategies and tactics that will lead to fulfillment of CAWD’s strategic goals over the next three years.

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.

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