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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

Johnston County Job Seekers Have a New Place To Connect With Employers

Clayton, NC, February 19, 2016—The Capital Area Workforce Development is celebrating the opening of their newest NCWorks Career Center in Clayton on Friday, March 11th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. The event features a ribbon-cutting and facility tour with staff. “This is an important center. Johnston county is growing so we want to help people find and keep good paying jobs. If retraining is needed, we have scholarships available. People with good jobs spend money and buy homes and these are the things that grow our local economy,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director. Staff can help businesses recruit or host hiring events at the center to attract job candidates. Job seeker services include help with resumes, mock interviewing, workshops, skill assessments and many more.

Millennials Now the Largest Segment of the Workforce

Workforce Ready 2015 Uncovers Secrets to Managing Millennials

Raleigh, NC, August 1, 2015—According to Pew Research Center, Millennials became the largest segment of the workforce the first quarter of 2015 and have disrupted the workplace unlike any other generation. Capital Area Workforce Development board will host Workforce Ready 2015 on Thursday, September 16th from 7:30 am to 10:00 am at Research Triangle Foundation Headquarters. This breakfast event will present a new view of Millennials and why a different management approach is in order.

“Every talent intiative we undertake where businesses are present, the conversation always turns to complaints about how young people don’t communicate well, don’t have initiative, or the business rep is frustrated because they want younger workers, but aren’t seeing returns on their recruiting efforts. Our goal is not to feed into the negativity, but turn the conversation around. The speakers we have are top-notch leaders from local companies that have done things to get the most out of their millennial workers. The audience should walk away with plenty of information and adaptable ideas for their organizations”, said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at Capital Area Workforce Development Board. Carolyn Baird, Global Research Leader at the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) will present results of her recently published survey Millennials in the Workplace: Myths, Exaggerations, and Uncomfortable Truths. Leaders from well-known companies in the Triangle will share as a business panel. Event sponsors are Work in The Triangle, Wake County Economic Development, Cary Economic Development, CAI, IBM, and Electricities.