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!
Job seekers in Wake and Johnston counties can now receive some career center services by chat, email web forms, and phone.
The call center, named Access NCWorks, is staffed by career center team members who can answer basic questions and help customers navigate NCWorks Online. In addition to job search assistance, staff can make referrals to other community organizations.
The call center is a major step towards helping individuals in vulnerable communities, and the disabled, access career services without having to travel to a physical location. If
you have clients who can benefit from this service, have them log-on or call the center
CAWD now has funds to help students at Johnston Community College and Wake Tech with financial emergencies. Unforeseen financial burdens often derail students from completing degree and training programs. NC Governor Roy Cooper implemented the Finish Line grant program to fund collaboration between workforce development and community colleges to help these students.
Applicants can receive up to $1000.00 per school year and can apply at their financial aid offices. Academic standing and program completion rate are considered in addition to the type of financial emergency. Applications will be forwarded to CAWD’s Finish Line Program Manager for final determination.
Students with questions should contact their school’s financial aid office.
Believe it or not, there’s a workforce program to help most every personal situation a person might find themselves in, regardless of age, experience, and background.
John was an NCSU college graduate working full-time, but making minimum wage in a job unrelated to his degree. It offered no pathway for him to reach his career goal in environmental sciences, so he signed up for B2B.
He quickly realized that there’s more to finding a job today than merely applying online. B2B introduced him to networking and interviewing with confidence. “I think that the mock interviews prepared me for my actual job interview. B2B also taught me invaluable research techniques that helped me succeed in my job search,” he said.
Immediately after one of the networking events B2B had, John was hired full time as an Air Quality Scientist with AECOM! Now he travels to industrial facilities throughout the southeast, collecting samples of emissions to determine if companies are in compliance with EPA and government regulations for air pollution standards.
Interested in B2B? Contact Patrick.Buford@edsisolutions.com.
Choosing the right career requires linking what you know about yourself to information about jobs, education, and training requirements. The most comprehensive site to help career advisers, students, job seekers, and career changers do this is the NC CAREER CLUSTERS GUIDE, now accessible via CAWD’s home page.
The Interest Profiler identifies personal characteristics, strengths, and activities one enjoys then suggests different kinds of work the person should explore. Users can also take a “Reality Check” which suggests jobs based on a desired lifestyle and corresponding income necessary to financially support that lifestyle. Users are guided through more than 900 careers. Occupations within each cluster have similar knowledge and skill requirements, but when linked with the results from the Interest Profiler, are narrowed down to those which most closely match the person’s work-related interests.
Pathways, job descriptions, employment data, wages, and career stories from real people make this career guide a must-see for workforce stakeholders and partners. Whether planning a future career or getting ready to enter the job market, getting a well-rounded understanding of what employers are looking for in job candidates is always helpful. The NC Career Clusters Guide can also be printed from the website.
*More than a third of companies surveyed by CareerBuilder are actively recruiting veterans. And almost half (47%) of the same employers have hired a former member of the armed forces in the last year. Employers love veterans for their initiative, work ethic, and tenacity, yet they can lack the technical skills and qualifications needed to enter the civilian workforce in such a competitive job market. In November, CAWD established the state’s first Specialized NCWorks Career Center for veterans to help veterans move more readily into civilian jobs. Veterans from all military branches can utilize the center and family members are welcome as well.
The National Guard Employment and Education Center (EEC) was already providing job search assistance to servicemen and women. Now they offer enhanced services. Capital Area’s one-stop staff trained National Guard personnel on NCWorks policies and procedures so that customers can receive any of the WIOA services for which they qualify, such as training for new skills or increasing current skill levels. They can also utilize the job matching capabilities of NCWorks.gov.
Although veterans can access workforce services at any NCWorks Career Center, being located in the NC National Guard Joint Force Headquarters offers more convenient access prior to exiting the military, and valuable peer support.
The Specialty NCWorks Career Center is located at 1636 Gold Star Drive in Raleigh.
It’s no secret that the education system doesn’t really give students real-world jobs skills. Add to that the challenge of transitioning from 12-16 years as a student to a life with a different set of rules and expectations. What most employers want is someone with experience who can hit the ground running, a quality most recent grads lack.
Brittany Sands’ problem as a recent grad was not unique. She graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelor’s in Clinical Research. Unable to land a job in her field, she took a cashier job at CVS. While researching internships, she came across the Backpacks-to-Briefcases program. As a participant, she learned how to improve her resume, interview skills, and presentation skills. Everything learned was put into practice at a job fair organized specifically for participants. There, Brittany was offered a paid internship by Premier Research where she received valuable work experience while the program paid her wages. When the internship ended, she was hired full-time as a Procurement Strategic Sourcing Specialist.
Backpacks-to-Briefcases was first created in 2012 as a CAWD youth program. It was designed specifically to give college graduates the right combination of knowledge, skills, and practical experience to enter the job market, while mitigating training expenses employers. Eighty-six participants were placed at that time. In 2015, it was expanded as Backpacks-2-Briefcases 2.0 in partnership with NC State University, CAWD, and a $386,000 grant by Duke Energy Foundation.
Workforce development programs like Backpacks-to-Briefcases are indicative of the innovative solutions such collaborations can achieve. Participants like Brittany get a foot in the door in order to begin good careers and businesses find people with the skills they need.
To learn more about the program, contact the Capital Area Youth & Young Adult Center at
TechHire is for individuals aged 17-29 looking to go into information technology and cyber security careers. These are high-skill / high-demand occupations with established career pathways. In North Carolina, Computer User Support Specialist enjoy a median wage of $46,670. From there one can become a Computer Network Support Specialist ($57,970), Network and Computer Systems Administrator ($75,130), and Computer Network Architect ($100,800).
With additional training and experience, the pathway can lead to Computer and Information Systems Manager (NC Median Wage $124,420), Computer Systems Analyst ($84,640), and Information Security Analyst ($86,180).
Soft skills are the intangible personal qualities that employers want in workers; dependability, work ethic, positive attitude, flexibility, team-oriented, and able to work under pressure. Now job candidates can prove they have the soft skills employers desire most.
Working Smart, a 16-lesson soft skills curriculum taught over a minimum of 24 hours. Participants receive certificates only after they demonstrate competency using self-awareness, self-management, communication, and problem-solving skills. They must also demonstrate aptitude in work ethic.
The first class begins May 9th at the NCWorks Career Center at Tillery Place in Raleigh. Participants must register online at NCWorks.gov and attend all sessions.
Here they are! Employers in these industries can’t find enough people to do the work! Find out if you’re a good fit. See one of our job counselors today.