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CAWD Announces First Ever Recipients of “Wake Partners” Grant

Fourteen nonprofits awarded grants to aid individuals affected by COVID-19

Capital Area Workforce Development is happy to announce that it will fund 14 projects for community-based organizations through the new “Wake Partners” grant program. Awards total just over $800,000 and will be used to help Wake County citizens affected by COVID-19 with workforce development related activities. “Wake Partners” is possible through a partnership with Wake County Government and county commissioners using funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“The amount of interest expressed by the nonprofit community in this funding really brought home how coronavirus is affecting our residents, both directly and indirectly. From housing to food to education, this pandemic is disturbing family stability like never before,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD. “The Wake partners funding provides additional support for residents to access workforce development services as well as remove some of the barriers caused by COVID -19.”

CAWD received 45 applications during the short application period. Priority was given to those that supported job readiness, education delivery and instructional support, and support services necessary to eliminate barriers to employment.

The following organizations received grants:

Centre for Homeownership (CHOEDC)

Community of Hope Ministries

Community Success Initiative, Inc.

Dorcas Ministries

Dress for Success Triangle NC

Haven House

Jobs for Life

Justice Served NC

Fathers Forever

Triangle Literacy Council

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

Passage Home

Urban Ministries of Wake County

Wake Forest Area Chamber Foundation

Information Technology Apprenticeship Program is Recruiting!

Capital Area Workforce Development is looking for qualified candidates to participate in the ISG Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (ITAP).
The goal of the program is to combine classroom learning with real-world experience so students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful IT professionals.
We are seeking 15–20 committed young women and men residing in Wake County between the ages of 18–30 who have an interest in technology.
Participants may be eligible to receive a stipend of $10 per hour for the duration of the program. We welcome individuals of diverse backgrounds that meet the following criteria:
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
–Wake County Resident
–Between 18–30 years of age
–Ability to pass a background check
–High School Diploma or equivalency
–Availability to commit to training
To learn more and apply, click here.
For additional help, contact the program coordinator at William.Vickers@isglink.com or call 919-824-4966.

 

UPDATE! FAQ: Career Center Closings

Here are answers to the most asked questions regarding NCWorks Career Center closings and customer service.

Are all the career centers open?

No. All career centers are temporarily closed to the public as of March 31st.

Individuals in Wake and Johnston Counties can call 919.715.0111 for one-on-one assistance including job search assistance, resume assistance, counseling and guidance, labor market information, assistance with NCWorks.gov, etc.

How can I as a business set up an appointment to receive services?
Call 919.715.0111

How do I file for unemployment?
Go online to http://www.des.nc.gov or call 888.737.0259.

What if I need technical help with using NCWorks.gov and/or lack a computer or reliable internet access?

Individuals can call 919.715.0111 for assistance with their job search or with navigating NCWorks.gov. For access to a computer or internet access schedule an appointment with a Center.

When will you reopen, or how will you decide when to reopen?

We are evaluating the situation daily and will provide updates as things change. We will make decisions as warranted based on all information provided to us.

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.

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.

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

Celebrating YouthBuild Milestones

An awards banquet was held recently at the City of Raleigh Museum to celebrate achievements of Capital Area’s YouthBuild participants.  Friends and family of the participants attended as well as program partners from Habitat for Humanity, NC Association of Building Contractors, City of Raleigh, and NCWorks NextGen.

Certificates and plaques were awarded for Outstanding Achievement, Perseverance, and Leadership. One participant received a trophy after being voted MVP – Most Valuable Participant.

Some award recipients shared personal stories about the positive effects of YouthBuild on their lives. Done properly, graduates leave prepared for success in higher education, apprenticeships, and in the workplace.

As the final cohort begins, we are confident that program goals will be met and participants will see results from their hard work.

Here are outcomes to date:

Participants: 45

  • 24 have entered jobs, apprenticeships, or higher education
  • 42 earned PACT construction certification
  • 17 have completed 320 hours of work experience
  • 6 have earned their GEDs

Youth Summit Says “Raise Your Game!”

Youth and young adults that participate in workforce programs across the state descended on the Embassy Suites in Cary for the 13th Annual Youth Summit. Over 360 youth and staff signed up. Governor Cooper could not make it to the event but did send a well-received recorded greeting welcoming them to the summit.

In keeping with the “Raise Your Game” theme, several hands-on and interactive activities were featured to challenge and motivate attendees, including college tours of Shaw University, Louisburg College and NC Central University. Workshops conducted by Leading to Change included: 

• Finding Your Spark
• Making Your Movement
• Shark Tank Got Nothing on Me

Attendees also enjoyed an evening Gala, an American Idol-style talent show and several games.

At the end of the 2-day summit, young people walked away with new tools, ideas, and skills needed to keep their goals on point. Congratulations to all of the NextGen staff for planning an outstanding event!