The grant, which targets local residents who have exhausted their unemployment benefits in the last 12 months, will provide resources for workforce development and job training in the areas of electrical lineman, furniture technology, call center/office administration, truck driving, landscape gardening and information technology. Programs will be expanded to incorporate Human Resource Development (HRD) training and Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) attainment. In addition, the grant also will provide financial assistance for qualifying individuals who wish to enroll in one of the designated training programs or career pathways.
Administrators at CCC&TI hope that the funding and restructured programs will help out-of-work residents earn a college degree and find employment.
“With the addition of Human Resource Development (HRD) and other career readiness skills, students will have a clear and structured pathway to employment,” said Donna Bean, Department Chair of Adult, Corporate and Continuing Education at CCC&TI. “This funding also gives us the unique opportunity to work cooperatively with the North Carolina Community College System, local employers, local economic development commissions and local workforce development boards to meet the training needs for the emerging economy and strengthen the foundations for economic growth in the region.”
For students who enroll in the program, the NC Back-to-Work process will include assessment, career coaching with career exploration, skills gap training, virtual and hands-on labs and job placement services. All students who successfully complete the program will receive program completion certificates as well as the Career Readiness Certificate and their program specific stackable credentials.
CCC&TI is one of 16 community colleges statewide that received a portion of the $7 million Back-to-Work Grant funds.
“Community Colleges are often the first place North Carolinians turn to gain the skills they need to re-enter the workforce,” said Dr. Scott Ralls, President of the NC Community College System. “This support from both the NC General Assembly and Department of Commerce will allow 16 community colleges to further focus our efforts to provide training and marketable credentials, which we hope will lead to employment and new careers, to those struggling with months of unemployment.”
For more information on the NC Back-to-Work programs, contact CCC&TI Adult, Corporate and Continuing Education at 828-726-2242.