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Former Diner Employee Serves up Success With Help From NCWorks in Clayton

In Aug. 2022, Jennifer Kehrer, completed an 11-week training course at Johnston Community College to receive her ServSafe Manager certification, elevating her from a part-time job at a diner to a full-time position in the hospitality industry.  This certification, made possible by a training scholarship from NCWorks, provided Kehrer with the resources to pursue a…

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Strategic Initiatives Manager Wanted!

CAWD is looking for a new Strategic Initiatives Manager! This is a vital person to the team that will seek out new funding sources for workforce development activities, oversee special projects, and more. Become a part of the Wake County team! View the full job description and apply HERE.

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Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) provides workforce development solutions to help all businesses with talent needs. Wake County hotels and the hospitality industry are facing a massive worker shortage and unfortunately, data shows that over the next 5 years, the problem is not likely to improve to pre-covid levels. Not having enough workers has many…

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Labor Market Overview

The most recent labor market overview released by the NC Department of Commerce reflects data for the month of May. Key data points for Wake County: Unemployment rate: 3.0% – an increase of .2 from previous month /.4% less than the state/.6% less than the nation. #Unemployed: 18.900 – up 1,534 over the previous month,…

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Job Search Depression. Yes, it’s Real.

Unemployment and depression tend to go hand-in-hand and the pandemic certainly hasn’t helped. What we do for a living is a part of our identity and the hunt for work leaves many feeling rejected, anxious and pessimistic. Even those in the workforce are getting stressed out. Hence, “the great resignation” has businesses struggling to find…

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SelmaWorks! Vendors Announced

What do you need to move to the next level in your career and in life? SelmaWorks! has it! Education completion or continuation Credential attainment Job training Scholarships for training programs Overcoming barriers due to justice involvement Veterans support Temporary assistance for needy families …and more! Participating organizations: NCWorks and NextGen Career Centers Johnston Community…

SelmaWorks! Brings Resources to the People

April 7, 2022 – The SelmaWorks! Resource Fair will take place at the Richard B. Harrison Gymnasium from 10am-2pm on Friday, April 22. The event is a partnership between Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD), NCWorks, Johnston Community College and Johnston County Public Schools. The resource fair will feature several organizations that provide services to help…

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WakeLRC Commemorates Second Chance Month

April is Second Chance Month in North Carolina, a time to focus attention on the challenges facing the more than 20,000 people returning to their communities each year after incarceration. The Wake Local Reentry Council has multiple events planned, each designed to inspire action and enable change. These activities not only help reentry clients, but…

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CAWD Awards $100,000 in Wake Partners Grants to Community Organizations

Capital Area Workforce Development Board in collaboration with Wake County Government is excited to announce the latest recipients of Wake Partners grants. The purpose of the grants is always to provide impactful community-based solutions. This year’s recipients specialize in reentry services. Grant awards total $100,000 and are funded through December 31, 2022. The recipients are:…

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“Capital Ideas” Podcast Just Launched!

CAWD’s first video podcast is now available! Capital Ideas features people of organizations that are driving economic vitality through initiatives that uplife residents, support businesses, and make the region a great place to live, work, and play for everyone. Episode 1 features CAWD’s reentry team that is doing amazing, innovative work to help formerly incarcerated…

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Electrical Apprenticeship Prep Program starts Feb 28th!

CAWD’s Apprenticeship Prep Program will start a 2nd cohort of learners on February 28th. The program is for 16-24 year olds in Wake County and will focus on the electrical career pathway. Electricians can work in a residential environment, commercial settings, and for utility companies. They are in charge of all the wires that help…

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Request for Proposals! Capital Area Apprenticeship Prep (CAAP)

CAWD’s new CAAP program connects young adults aged 16-24 to meaningful credentials and successful careers. We are looking for training providers that can deliver pre-apprenticeship training as well as connect qualified participants to Registered Apprenticeships. The current focus is on pre-apprenticeships in information technology, but we will accept proposals in other sectors including construction/skilled trades,…

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“Wake Partners” Grants Available for Reentry Projects

CAWD is making a new round of Wake Partners grants available to local non-profits for reentry projects. Funding comes from Wake County’s portion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. Wake County is committed to supporting initiatives that make a positive difference in the lives of people who historically have been disproportionately marginalized, disenfranchised, and…

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“Back to Work 50+” Workshop Starts Jan. 26th

The first BTW50+ workshop was so successful, we’re bringing it back! Mature workers often have plenty of work experience, but face tough competition with other demographic groups when searching for work. Back to Work 50+ features a curriculum by AARP. Participants will learn how to use their assets, increase their confidence, and more. Interested? Attend…

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Join Our Team!

Enjoy helping others? There’s plenty to be done at CAWD so we are growing! Our customers include job seekers at all stages of their job search and businesses. Follow the links to our current openings and become a part of our innovative, hard-working team. Small Business Manager Reentry Case Manager Behavioral Health Case Manager

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NCWorks & NextGen Services Available at Selma Library

Capital Area’s NCWorks and NextGen Career Centers are now providing services at the Selma Library. According to American Community Survey (ACS) data, the median household income for the Town of Selma is less than $40,000 and the poverty level is 19%. Having NCWorks career services available in the immediate area eliminates the need for adult…

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WRAL Capital Area Career Expo Goes VIRTUAL!

CAWD and WRAL have partnered for the 13th time to bring employers and job seekers together. The WRAL Capital Area Career Expo is being presented in a virtual environment that allows interaction between recruiters and job seekers similar to an in-person event. Job seekers can visit an employer booth, review company information, benefits, and job…

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CAWD Wins Angel of Hope Award for Reentry Leadership

CAWD’s reentry team and staff accepted Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women’s (IPMW) Angel of Hope Award for our leadership as the intermediary agency for the Wake Local Reentry Council.    As intermediary, the team facilitate communication and coordination of resources between the member organizations of the council who together help women (and men) transition back…

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Apprenticeship Prep Program Now Taking Applications!

CAWD’s Apprenticeship Prep Program (APP) is taking applications! Selected youth and young adult participants will learn about the electrical career pathway. Apprenticeships are ideal because classroom instruction and hands-on job training occur simultaneously AND apprentices enjoy increasing wages as they progress. APP will be managed by the NCWorks NextGen Career  Center in Raleigh. It is…

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CAWD Annual Report Released

CAWD released its annual report for program year 2020-2021. This year’s edition features video testimonials from job seekers and business customers that reflect the impact of workforce services on the lives and livelihoods of our customers. Please direct any questions about the information to VIEW/DOWNLOAD ANNUAL REPORT

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CAWD Awarded $1.9M to Help Workers Affected by Pandemic

CAWD is one of the first 9 recipients of CAREER grants awarded by the US Department of Labor to support communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The total award exceeds $1.9 million dollars. CAREER National Dislocated Worker Grants will support organizations serving individuals affected disproportionately by pandemic-driven layoffs, including people of color, Native Americans,…

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What’s Up at CAWD?

The July edition of Workforce Matters, CAWD’s quarterly newsletter, is available HERE!

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Partnership for Biotechnology Training

The career potential offered in life sciences is tremendous. CAWD is partnering with Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBiotech) and our NCWorks Career Centers will help more people transition into this important, global industry, especially those whose jobs were negatively impacted by COVID. Biowork training is offered at no cost to those…

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CAWD Awarded $100,000 for Youth Apprenticeship Preparation

The North Carolina Department of Commerce has awarded CAWD a grant for $100,000 for the Capital Area Apprenticeship Prep Program (APP). CAWD is one of three workforce boards to receive a grant specifically to expand employment and training services for youth and young adults. .The program will provide young people with education, career readiness skills…

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ADA Day – How to Drive Inclusivity Post-COVID

A silver lining of the pandemic was that many companies were able to shift to a remote work environment, making it easier for jobs to be performed anywhere BUT the office. This served people with disabilities well as it eliminated struggles like transportation barriers. Now that businesses are looking to have employees come back to…

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Growing Tech Talent: It’s Everybody’s Business

With more big tech moving to the Triangle, non-tech companies will need new strategies to recruit and retain IT talent. This event is for • Non-IT companies with IT talent needs • Organizations struggling to find and keep entry-level IT positions • Companies interested in creative ways to recruit or train IT talent During the…

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Johnston’s Vulnerable vs. MOST Vulnerable Community

CAWD took a deeper dive into the region’s vulnerable communities. The question was are we serving the pockets within these communities with the greatest need? Once the pockets were identified, we sought verification and agreement from community partners and other organizations that operate in those areas. In Johnston, we concluded that Selma needs our attention.…

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Vulnerable vs. MOST Vulnerable Community

With help from Wake County Long Range Planning, CAWD took a deeper dive into Wake’s vulnerable communities. The question was are we serving the pockets within these communities with the greatest need? Once the pockets were identified, we sought verification and agreement from community partners and other organizations that operate in those areas. In Wake…

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Remote Work: It’s Here to Stay.

The workplace has changed. Thanks to the pandemic, more employers and seeing the benefit of having a remote workforce. For employees, this requires learning new ways of performing jobs and managing people outside of the office environment. Self-management is critical as is dealing with distractions and striving to create work/life balance when the line has…

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CAWD/IBM Collaboration Offers Free Seminars for Small Business Owners

Unemployed? Job impacted by COVID-19? Jobs in the biotechnology industry save lives and deliver…

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CAWD-Annual Report 2019-20

 -CAWD-Annual Report 2019-20   We are excited to bring you highlights from another successful year of building a better workforce! Click the image to view.     Annual report link    

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All New Virtual Triangle Career Expo!

All New Virtual Triangle Career Expo! The region’s workforce development partners are hosting the Triangle Career Expo on October 8th from 9 am to 2 pm using Premier Virtual. Several large and small employers have already signed up including Credit Suisse, Advance Auto Parts, Duke University and Duke Health and Wegmans.  Available positions include entry…

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CAWD Announces First Ever Recipients of “Wake Partners” Grant

August 26, 2020 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…

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Information Technology Apprenticeship Program is Recruiting

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…

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“Reopen Wake” Covid-19 Employee Training

Reopen Wake is a two-module, online training that will help employers prepare team members to return to work using appropriate precautions. CAWD is pleased to offer this training at no-cost to eligible Wake County businesses. This program specifically connects businesses in Wake County’s vulnerable communities with necessary funding and training that will get employers and…

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2020 WIOA Plan Open for Public Comments

Capital Area Workforce Development is required to make copies of the proposed Capital Area Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) plan available to the public and allow for public comment. The 4-year plan is available via the links below. Please submit comments or suggestions by email to by 5 p.m. on June 18, 2020.…

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Business Input Needed for Regional Skills Analysis

The region was on pace for incredible growth and development prior to COVID-19. While it might take time to regain that momentum, the Regional Skills Analysis can help us get on track as it’s important to understand the subtle nuances of our workforce. As workforce leaders, we your participation. This survey is not a study that will…

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Unemployment Claims by County Now Available in North Carolina

The NC Department of Commerce published a dashboard to view unemployment insurance (UI) claims by local area. Users can search by county, workforce development board or see cumulative data for the state. In the press release, Commerce noted that not all claims will be eligible for benefit payments. CAWD will be summarizing and distributing monthly…

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Business Resources CV-19

NCWorks has a new site with everything you need to know about managing your business and workforce through this crisis. Click here If your workforce was impacted by COVID-19, you can also schedule a virtual meeting with your local NCWorks Career Center for information on resources to get your business thriving again.  

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Help with Job Loss Due to Coronavirus

Raleigh, March 18,2020 – Capital Area Workforce Development’s (CAWD) NCWorks Career Center network is providing employment services to Wake County residents virtually. Individuals experiencing job loss due to coronavirus or those looking for education and training resources can do so without visiting a career center in person. “Social distancing is the order of the day and we…

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