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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 919-856-6048.

Thousands of Jobs Available at Career Expo Despite Tight Labor Market

Raleigh, NC, July 10, 2019 – Capital Area Workforce Development is hosting the WRAL Capital Area Career Expo on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm at the McKimmon Center.  Approximately 75 employers have already signed on and combined have over 5000 vacancies.

“Although the most recent jobs data still shows relatively low employment, that’s still 25, 000 people without jobs in our area alone. There’s great opportunity in industries like construction and healthcare because they are finding it harder to fill vacancies so it’s not surprising that those are well-represented again this year,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

Other industries represented include criminal justice, hospitality, information technology, local and state government, and non-profits.

“It’s our 9th year and we’re thrilled that several new businesses with all kinds of positions will be recruiting with us. The NCWorks Career Center in Raleigh is offering a workshop to prepare job seekers for the true purpose of job fairs which is to network and help recruiters put a face to the resume. Career changers can also discuss their skills and learn what they may need to transition,” said Kimberly Wheeler, CAWD Director of Business Engagement.

Admission is free for job seekers.

A full list of employers and event details are available online.

CAWD AWARDED LAURIE MORAN PARTNERSHIP AWARD BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WORKFORCE BOARDS

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.

CAWD Launches Catalyst 20/20: Up To $20,000 to Train Existing Workers

Raleigh, NC, March 5, 2018 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board  is pleased to announce the immediate launch of CATALYST 20/20, a program offering up to $20,000 to eligible businesses in Wake and Johnston counties for training. The purpose of Catalyst 20/20 is to fuel growth and productivity by building skills of existing workers.

“Many of our training dollars have been used to upskill those who are looking for work, but enhancing the skills of current employees is a must. Otherwise the business won’t be able to keep up global competition and everybody loses. Being able to offer Catalyst 20/20 to business customers is how we fulfill our vision of economic development through workforce excellence,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of CAWD.

“Research shows that continuing education reduces employee turnover and directly impacts an organization’s bottom line. Catalyst 20/20 provides a mechanism for spurring a level of employee engagement that some businesses haven’t been able to offer. Launching this program is another way of connecting employers with solutions that meet their talent needs,” said Kimberly Wheeler, CAWD’s Director of Business Engagement.

Companies can use the funds to train individual contributors, leaders, departments and/or teams. Training can consist of technical training, certifications, leadership development, soft skills, professional development, or whatever the business deems important.

Interested businesses can email catalyst2020@wakegov.com or call (919)856-6040.

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.

Participants Needed for YouthBuild Construction Training and Education Program

Raleigh, NC, January 30, 2018 – Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) is looking for youth and young adults to participate in YouthBuild. YouthBuild provides education, construction skills training, and job placement opportunities to eligible 16-24 year olds from areas of Raleigh with higher poverty rates and unemployment. Participants will build affordable homes for low-income families during the training.

“In Wake County alone, the construction industry is projected to grow over 2,000 jobs in the next five years, but employers have jobs they can’t fill today. This program is one way to help fill that talent pipeline and connect young people with limited education, training and work experience to a field with long-term career potential. The fact that the hands-on portion of their learning will occur as they work on affordable housing is really the icing on the cake,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.

Partners for the project include City of Raleigh, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina Home Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors – Carolina Chapter, and NCWorks.

Interested applicants or their parents can access all eligibility requirements and additional information at here.

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.

CAWD Receives $200,000 to Help Students Complete Education and Training

Raleigh, NC, September 17, 2018 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board was awarded $200,000 to help community college students complete education and training programs at Wake Technical Community College and Johnston Community College. The funds come from Governor Roy Cooper’s Finish Line grant initiative developed to assist with unforeseen financial emergencies that can often derail program completion.

“In addition to young people, many students are adults with families trying to gain skills to make a better living,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD. “It’s in everyone’s best interest that they make it over the proverbial finish line because businesses need skilled workers to drive productivity and that’s what keeps our local economy moving.”

CAWD expects to serve 200 students. Each can receive up to $1000.00 per semester if they qualify. After an initial screening colleges forward student applications to CAWD’s Finish Line Program Manager for final determination. Academic standing and program completion rate are considered in conjunction with the type of financial emergency.

“One of the best things about Finish Line is students that haven’t been able to qualify under existing financial emergency programs. Common issues have been enrollment status or limited funding. Being able to offer another option will increase the ability of students to finish their program and start their career,” said Eric Breit, CAWD Strategic Initiatives Director.

For more information about Finish Line, contact Jane Sterner at 919-856-6117.

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.

CAWD awarded $1M Youthbuild grant for job training that also aids affordable housing construction

Raleigh, NC, August 25, 2017 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) has been awarded a $1 million, 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Funds will be used for construction-related education, occupational skills training, and job placement opportunities for 16-24 year olds from neighborhoods in Raleigh with high poverty rates and youth unemployment. Participants will build affordable homes for low-income families during the training.

“In Wake County alone, the construction industry is projected to grow over 2,000 jobs in the next five years, but employers have jobs they can’t fill now. This grant is one way to help fill that talent pipeline and connect young people with limited education, training and work experience to a field with longterm career potential. The fact that the hands-on portion of their learning will occur as they work on affordable housing is really the icing on the cake,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.

Partners for the project include City of Raleigh, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina Home Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors – Carolina Chapter, and NCWorks.

“Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is so excited to partner with Capital Area Workforce Development on YouthBuild,” said John Scales, Grants Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. “The participants will gain on-site construction experience and develop work and leadership skills. This is a great opportunity for us to empower young people and fulfill our mission to build homes, communities and hope.”

“The City of Raleigh is dedicated to the creation and preservation of affordable housing. Affordable housing is at the forefront of the challenges that our City is currently facing and a primary goal is to increase the production of affordable housing. This increase in production has the capability to be a job creation mechanism. The jobs that typically are generated from any housing development are construction jobs. The City of Raleigh’s Housing and Neighborhoods Department has several programs that target construction related jobs, and these programs will serve as a pipeline for people to enter the Youth Build program. The City is both excited and proud to be a partner in such a great program. The Youth Build grant empowers high schoolers and young people to play a role in rebuilding their communities through education, job training, and leadership development,” said Niki Jones at City of Raleigh’s Housing and Neighborhoods Department.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
The Capital Area Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that focuses on economic development by offering services that provide employers with skilled workers and offer citizens training and employment opportunities that promote job satisfaction and economic stability.
Media Inquiries: Brenda Wilkerson, Communications Manager
919.856.5390
brenda.wilkerson@wakegov.com

Johnston County Certified as a Work Ready Community

Raleigh, NC, June 22, 2017 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) is pleased to announce that Johnston County has been certified as a Work Ready Community. The certification recognizes a workforce that is a cut above when it comes to demonstrated real-world job skills.

“Johnston County is experiencing incredible growth. Adding this designation creates yet another competitive differentiator to businesses looking to open or expand and need talent. Meeting the requirements was not easy, but all of the partners working together made it happen which is indicative of the level of collaboration needed to make a common vision come to pass,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

“Achieving Work Ready Certification in Johnston County is a tremendous accomplishment for our county and communities,” said Chris Johnson, Johnston County Economic Development Director. “This certification shows the commitment of the industry, small businesses, county, towns, chambers of commerce and our economic development and educational partners to provide a viable and educated workforce. With the ever increasing competition for projects both regionally and globally, a strong workforce is becoming an increasingly important piece as we move forward with marketing Johnston County and creating jobs for our citizens.”

To become certified, a county must gather a pre-determined number of business supporters and meet other criteria based on their population, including Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) attainment by emerging, current, and transitioning workers. CRCs are an evidence-based credential that certifies the holder’s skills in reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information. These skills are required for most jobs, making the CRC a valuable credential as the individual moves between jobs.

Over 6,500 individuals have earned CRCs which are administered by Johnston Community College. Eighty businesses affirmed the value of the credential and contributed to achieving the designation.

Work Ready Communities was designed by ACT, renowned for education and workforce solutions that help guide individuals to education and career success. The initiative is in keeping with CAWD’s philosophy of economic development through workforce excellence.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
The Capital Area Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that focuses on economic development by offering services that provide employers with skilled workers and offer citizens training and employment opportunities that promote job satisfaction and economic stability.
Media Inquiries: Brenda Wilkerson, Communications Manager
919.856.5390
brenda.wilkerson@wakegov.com

Capital Area Workforce Development Board Shares $3.9M Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

Will Train Young Adults in Wake for High-demand Tech Jobs

Raleigh, NC, June 30, 2016 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) and Wake Technical Community College will share a $3.9 million dollar grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to train workers for high-demand growth jobs in the tech sector. The goal is to help 350 young adults with barriers to employment enter IT jobs in cyber security, network and computer systems administration, and computer user support.

“One of the things we hear from employers is that job candidates often have certification after certification, but no practical experience. So being able to partner with employers who will provide onsite work experience is a vital part of this training,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

Anthony Caison, Vice President of Workforce Continuing Education at Wake Tech agrees. “Collaborations like this don’t occur everywhere. We are thrilled to be working with Capital Area and all the other partners who came together for this grant, including Wake County Economic Development and the City of Raleigh. Together we can strengthen the local economy by filling jobs that pay well and help young people attain skills necessary to be competitive job candidates.”

Wake Tech is the lead grant recipient with CAWD receiving approximately half of the grant to fund work experience, on-the-job training and support services for trainees. The program, known as “TechHire,” is one of several grants that Capital Area and Wake Tech have partnered on to prepare people for jobs.

HCL, SAS, and IBM are business partners for the program. Companies interested in becoming partners can contact CAWD.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected workforce resources and businesses to the education system, and helped thousands to gain employment.

Media Inquiries:
Brenda Wilkerson, Communications Manager
919.856.5390
brenda.wilkerson@wakegov.com

Pat Sturdivant Appointed to Wake County Task Force on Employment and Wage Issues for Women

Raleigh, NC, April 12, 2016 – Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director for the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, has been appointed to serve on the Wake County Task Force on Employment and Wage Issues for Women. The task force was formed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners after the Wake County Commission for Women published the State of Employment for Women Report this past February.

Research in the report reveals that in 2014, although education levels were the same, the median earnings for women over the age of 25 was $34,809, whereas men in the same category earned $50,137. The disparity becomes more pronounced as the education level of women increases. Women with less than a high school diploma earn approximately 67% of what their male counterparts earn (an income difference of about $6,000/yr), while women with graduate degrees earn approximately 56% of what their male counterparts earn (an income difference of approximately $56,000/yr).

“I’m excited about the work of this task force. Capital Area has been involved with several projects over the years to help smaller, special populations find employment, such as people with disabilities and ex-offenders. But women make up 50% of our workforce. If we can improve wages and other career obstacles they encounter, the economic impact to their household, and the county, could be quite substantial,” said Pat Studivant.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
The Capital Area Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that focuses on economic development by offering services that provide employers with skilled workers and offer citizens training and employment opportunities that promote job satisfaction and economic stability.
Media Inquiries: Brenda Wilkerson, Communications Manager
919.856.5390
brenda.wilkerson@wakegov.com