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Welcome to 2010

Welcome to the Centralina Workforce Development Board's first e-newsletter of 2010. This is the start of our ninth year of keeping you informed each month about workforce and economic development activities taking place in the Centralina Workforce Development Board (WDB) region.

As we enter a new year and new decade, the economy is the number one issue facing individuals, businesses, workforce boards and government at all levels. Workforce Development is one of the key strategic points for economic recovery. Many individuals and businesses must re-invent themselves in order to compete these days. Workforce Development, with its ongoing, evolving partnerships, has always addressed economic downturns with positive and timely actions that help businesses and individuals face the future better prepared.

Workforce Development is a broad term, but it consists of very specific structures and objectives. Workforce Development Boards are made up of local individuals from business, government, education, and non-profit and community organizations. Together, a WDB is constantly assessing the current capacity of the local workforce -- in terms of talent, skills, adaptability, and ability to meet the needs of current, future and potential occupations and employers.

This doesn't just happen in a vacuum. WDBs work in conjunction with economic development organizations so that the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. This means that as economic developers are approaching companies to expand or relocate to the region, they can provide detailed information on the ability of the local workforce to meet their needs. Often, new, relocating or expanding businesses need employees with brand new skill sets, so the WDB and its partnering organizations develop new education and training programs that can quickly provide individuals (and businesses) with the capacity to get the job done.

But, WDBs know all too well that the economy is a constantly changing entity always demanding change from individuals and businesses just to survive. For that reason, we don't just develop education and training programs that are a band-aid for a single situation. We deliver programs that provide transferrable skills as well, so that the next time the economy challenges us all -- and it will -- people have the ability to take on new careers with solid skills and the confidence to continue to adapt. The Career Readiness Certificate is a good example of such an initiative.
WDBs are always future-focused, trying to stay ahead of the curve so that the region remains a competitive force in our global economy.

Sometimes, during severe economic downturns, we must play catch up as so many people and businesses can be affected. But this added workload for the WDB does not change what we do. We are ALWAYS playing a transformative role, taking individuals and businesses to a brighter future. Right now, there are more people affected, but the rapid mobility of WDBs and its partners will do as it always does -- serve as an engine for economic development.

As we enter this new decade, it seems as though the year 2000 is a million years ago rather than just 10 years ago. For example, 10 years ago, Pillowtex was one of the largest employers in the region. Now the entire Pillowtex complex has been reinvented as the North Carolina Research Campus. Just 10 years ago, we had come through the scare of the millennium bug potentially crippling computer systems everywhere. Now many people carry I-Phones, Blackberrys or other mobile devices that have 100 times the capacity of the computer that sat on their desk in 2000, not to mention the mobile knowledge that these devices offer. Primitive online communications, as portrayed in turn-of-the-millennium movies like You've Got Mail, have given way to Facebook, Twitter, text messages and mobile GPS technology that deliver what you want to know, right where you are, 24 hours a day, flawlessly.

This e-newsletter contains an article about our new LinkedIn and Twitter pages, and we're now tagging e-newsletter articles with links to our archived articles about similar subjects. We want to keep you armed with quality information at all times. We're also adding focus areas within the e-newsletter that you will see this year that include Recovery 2010, Education for the Future, Doing More With Less, and Board Member Profiles.

Welcome to 2010! We looking forward to working with you and keeping you informed.

David Hollars
Centralina WDB Executive Director

Allied Health – A True Growth Industry for the Region

Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership Leads the Way!

The Competitive Workforce Alliance’s Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership (RSP) held their first meeting of 2010 on Thursday January 21 at the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University. Allied Health RSP members Susan Kennedy and Kirk Brittan and Presbyterian/Novant Health were the hosts for the meeting.

The Allied Health RSP meeting brought together over 50 partners from across the region that included employers, community college, K-12 education, private schools, and economic development. New representatives from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Western Piedmont Community College, and Carolinas Rehabilitation also participated in the meeting.

The group received an update from Joann Spaleta on the recently held Allied Health Learning Exchange meeting in Raleigh that was sponsored by the NC Department of Commerce. The purpose of this learning exchange was to continue to develop our ability to sustain the partnership over time—with special emphasis on keeping employers engaged, producing system changes that enhance industry bottom lines and create opportunities for workers.

Each of the four Allied Health Partnerships in North Carolina brought a team of participants representing employers, community colleges, workforce boards and intermediaries, and project managers. Joann Spaleta, Steering Committee Chair and AHEC representative, Susan Kennedy from Presbyterian Novant Health, David Hollars, wearing two hats as Workforce Intermediary and workforce board representative, Terry Chapman from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and The McLynn Group represented the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership.

During the two day event, RSPs worked on the following issues/topics:

  • Partnership Progress-Meeting Issues and Challenges
  • Keys to Successful Regional Skills Partnerships
    Employer Engagement
  • Using Data to Guide the Partnership

After receiving the report about the Learning Exchange, RSP committee chairs updated the Partnership on the progress of their events and goals. The Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership is very active and is currently planning many Allied Health Career Connection events as well as working with employers on a possible career ladder for employees to move up in the workplace.

The Career Connections are local events that will introduce the public to Allied Health. Employers and educators will be on hand to explain the field and all the wonderful career opportunities available. There will be workshops that will go more in depth as to what certain positions require and how one can obtain the education and experience needed to find their ideal career in Allied Health.

The Competitive Workforce Alliance formed the Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership, which is a consortium comprised of employers, economic, education, workforce development and economic development professionals and training providers that will meet regularly to create strategies and programs that will continually assess, prioritize, and respond to the workforce training needs of employers in the allied health industry. Its mission is “to assure that the region has the allied health resources necessary to meet the healthcare needs of its citizens”.

Are you interested in joining the Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership? If you want to get involved or just find out more information about all the great things the Partnership is doing please visit the Competitive Workforce Alliance website at www.agreatworkforce.com or contact Emily Clamp at (704) 348-2732 or by email at eclamp@centralina.org.

Want to know when the Allied Health Career Connection event will be in your county? Find the event in your county below:

  • Friday February 12, 2010 Lincoln County Allied Health Career Connection
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
    Gaston College – Lincoln Campus, Lincolnton
  • Tuesday March 2, 2010 Cabarrus-Rowan Allied Health Career Connection
    Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    CMC Northeast – Hamrick Center, Concord
  • Thursday March 25, 2010 Gaston County Allied Health Career Connection
    Time: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    CaroMont Health-Education Center, Gastonia
  • Thursday April 8, 2010 Cleveland County Allied Health Career Connection
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
    Cleveland Community College, Shelby
  • Friday April 16, 2010 Union County Career Connection
    Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    South Piedmont CC–Old Charlotte Highway Campus, Monroe
  • Friday April 23, 2010 Anson County Career Connection
    Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    South Piedmont CC-Lockhart-Taylor Center, Wadesboro

New dates for events are constantly being added to the calendar and more Allied Health Career Connections are being scheduled for Catawba County, Alexander County, Iredell County, and Stanly County. Visit www.agreatworkforce.com to see the latest event dates.

Want to know more about the Career Connections in your County? Contact Emily Clamp at (704) 348-2732 or by email at eclamp@centralina.org for more information!


Centralina WDB Youth Service Provider To Use Grant Funds to Help With Job Searches and Training

A new grant will help I-CARE provide educational opportunities for people living below the poverty line. The agency has received $286,011 in funding through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, which is funded by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will come in monthly increments through September.

The funding will allow 50 individuals to enroll in Mitchell Community College’s JobsNOW program, said Amanda Graham, family support services director. The grant will also support two case managers to work with the participants.

“One of the goals for self-sufficiency is to help (clients) find employment, and one of the ways we help them is through the JobsNOW program,” she said.

JobsNOW is a program designed to create jobs and stimulate the economy. It offers certification in various careers and is designed for those who want to return to school or get training to be competitive in the job market.

“We’re trying to build the capacity of the individual to succeed after our services end,” Graham said.

Each participant’s experience in the program will vary, depending on their situation. Graham said it’s all about meeting people where they are and tailoring the assistance based upon their specific needs.

In addition to the great services that they provide to youth in Iredell and Lincoln counties through Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding from the Centralina WDB, I-CARE provides services that help individuals with anything from nutrition to housing to educational support. Graham said they also pay for vehicle repair if it’s the main barrier to finding employment.

“The key to everything we do is to help move someone above the poverty threshold, so our services have to be comprehensive,” she said.

The Centralina Workforce Development Board is a strong partner with I-CARE and congratulates them on receiving this grant! The Board is also a supporter of the JobsNOW program that is in effect throughout the region. For more information on the JobsNOW program and how you can get involved, please contact Emily Clamp at (704) 348-2732 or by e-mail at eclamp@centralina.org.


The Mouse is Back!

Disney Institute Returns to South Piedmont Community College

It’s that time again! Disney time! That’s right; the Disney Institute is coming back to South Piedmont Community College for one day only on Thursday April 29, 2010.

South Piedmont Community College is bringing the region the premier one-day program to energize your employees with leadership management and service skills.

The program will cover 2 important and very relevant topics for today’s business climate - Leadership - Disney Style and Customer Service - Disney Style. In each of these sessions you will learn how to communicate a compelling vision, build involvement and ownership, develop a service philosophy and learn tools to support a service culture.

Don’t miss this great session! The event will start at 8:00 AM at the Old Charlotte Highway Campus in Monroe. To register or for more information please call Geri Duncan at (704) 290-5221.


Where Will the Future Jobs Be?

NC State University Economist Dr. Michael Walden Shares His Ideas

In a recent article, NC State University Economist Michael Walden stated that the biggest single issue in today's economy is jobs - or specifically - the lack of jobs. And it's easy to understand why. Nationally, 7 million jobs have been lost since the recession began, and here in North Carolina the count is 250,000. Unemployment rates are in double digits for both the nation and our state.

Yet, according to Mr. Walden, there is some good news. Although job losses are still occurring, the number has been getting smaller. Most economists now think the job market will turn around early in 2010, and job gains will become the norm.

But once new jobs begin to appear, other important questions arise. What industries and occupations will create the new jobs, and what kind of training will be required?

Fortunately we have some fresh answers to these questions. Every couple of years, the U.S. Department of Labor does a detailed analysis of job trends and gives projections for the next decade. Their latest report is hot off the press.

The forecasts show the national economy adding 15 million jobs over the next decade, roughly an 11 percent increase. North Carolina's share would be 400,000, although if North Carolina grows faster than the nation - as I expect it will - the number of new jobs in the state would be somewhat higher.

Labor Department economists think the leading industries in job growth will be construction, professional and business services, education and health care. Also adding jobs but at a slower than average rate will be wholesale and retail trade, transportation, information, financial services, entertainment and leisure activities and government. Manufacturing and utilities will cut jobs.

Of course, manufacturing is still an important industry in North Carolina. So what does the report say about leading North Carolina manufacturers? For three of our traditional manufacturing industries - tobacco, textiles and apparel - the outlook isn't good. Jobs will decline by 25 percent in tobacco, 40 percent in textiles and 50 percent in apparel. However, for the other North Carolina mainstay - furniture - employment is expected to increase modestly by 6 percent. This is in part because furniture production is forecast to jump by 50 percent over the course of the next decade.

The job outlook is mixed for North Carolina's newer manufacturing industries. Jobs are projected to increase in pharmaceuticals and technology, hold steady in food processing but drop in motor vehicle parts. This despite the fact that production is expected to rise in all four industries. The way a firm can increase production while reducing or keeping steady the number of jobs is to increase the productivity (output per hour) of the workforce. Companies are able to do this by matching workers with modern machinery and technology - something that has been a long-term trend in manufacturing.

Now, what about the outlook for jobs in terms of occupations; that is, what will workers actually be doing? The Labor Department expects a continuing shift away from occupations requiring brawn and muscles to occupations utilizing brains and reasoning. The fastest job growth will be in managerial, professional, service and construction occupations. Slower growth is expected for sales, administrative support, installation, maintenance, repair and transportation occupations. Job losses are forecast in farming and production occupations.

This means more jobs will require some kind of formal schooling beyond high school. Indeed, the future job market will roughly be divided into thirds. One-third of the new jobs will require a community college or university degree. Another third won't need a formal college diploma but will necessitate the worker undertaking extensive on-the-job training. The final third will use inexperienced workers and provide them only short-term on-the-job training. Of course, these jobs will pay the least.

Let me end with some specifics. The top 10 job positions generating the most openings in the next 10 years are expected to be registered nurses, home health aides, customer service reps, restaurant workers, retail salespersons, office clerks, accountants, nursing aides, college professors and construction workers. The full list can be found at this Web site.

Good news or bad news - I'll let you decide! But knowing what to expect in the job market will give job seekers an advantage in securing employment.

Note: Dr. Michael Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Professor and North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of N.C. State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Rowan County Company Announces Expansion and More Jobs!

Harmony Labs Planning to Expand Operations in 2010

Business is good at Harmony Labs. The pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturer in Kannapolis and Landis plans to add up to 40 jobs and expand operations in 2010, according to the company president.

“Our plan is to add manufacturing quality and chemist opportunities to our current workforce,” said Mike Kane.

Harmony Labs will add the jobs throughout the year as additional manufacturing requirements are scheduled, he said. The company, which specializes in making products like acne treatments and sunscreens, has three locations and about 225 employees in Kannapolis and Landis.

To consolidate laboratory and raw-material operations in Kannapolis, the company will add up to 10,000 square feet at its headquarters in the former Wal-Mart on North Cannon Boulevard. The expansion is still in the initial planning phase, Kane said. Harmony Labs currently has about 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Kannapolis and Landis.

Kannapolis City Council gave the company a three-year tax break totaling $43,732 in 2008 after it announced plans to invest $3.5 million to expand in Kannapolis.

Harmony Labs develops and manufactures prescription, over-the-counter and cosmetic products in many forms, including liquid, gel, cream and powder.

For more information about this exciting development, please continue to look to the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s monthly newsletter.


New Technology Can Put Region on the Map

NC Commerce Secretary Praises CEM for Food Safety Technology in Union County

N.C. Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco visited CEM Corporation in Stallings on Friday December 18, 2009 and congratulated the company for a new technology that, he said, could have stopped tainted baby formula from entering the market last year.

CEM’s Sprint Rapid Protein Analyzer analyzes protein in foods in 2 minutes, compared to the 6 hours the current method uses, without producing any hazardous waste, Crisco said.

The current technology measures nitrogen in food, which correlates to the level of protein. This new technology, developed by CEM, measures protein directly. According to Buck Lawrinmore, a spokesman for Union County Partnership for Progress, when Chinese baby food and baby formula was found tainted with melamine, a poisonous chemical that caused several infant deaths last year and has a high level of nitrogen, the Sprint Rapid Protein Analyzer would have shown there was not an increase of protein, suggesting that the food was tainted.

He praised the company for earning a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, a distinction given to five companies in the nation that work in green technology.

Lawrinmore said the amount of protein in food determines its market value, and CEM’s method could become the world’s standard for analyzing protein.

Please continue to look to the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s monthly E-Newsletter for updates on this exciting development in our region!


Cleveland Company Receives Top Honor for 2009

Southern States Barber Feed Mill Wins Feed Mill of the Year

The Southern States Barber Feed Mill in Cleveland (Rowan County) was awarded the 2009 Feed Mill of the Year by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and Feedstuffs magazine.

The Barber mill was chosen out of 100 mills across the nation, and the mill won the same award in 1998. It was the second time in the 25-year history of the competition for a mill to get the top award more than once.

“To be No. 1 is not an easy task,” said Jim Moore, vice president of the feed division for Southern States. “You have to be at your best every day. It’s very important that you do it right and do it right every day.”

Keith Epperson, vice president of AFIA, presented Barber Mill Manager Mark Whitaker with a plaque for the facility, and praised the Barber team as a whole.

“Everything you do is a class act,” Epperson said. “You can see the pride put in day in and day out, and you guys do it right from day one.”

The one thing that keeps the mill producing more than 90,000 tons of feed per year are its employees, who are proud of their work, mill and “family” of co-workers and close friends on the job.

“The work ethic of all the employees here is great’” Sandra Mowery said, who has worked for the Barber mill since 1987. “They really care about what they’re doing. People come here to work and they don’t leave. They all work hard and care about each other, and that makes it a good place to work.”

The Centralina Workforce Development Board congratulates the Southern States Barber Feed Mill on their wonderful achievement! This is just one example of how the great workforce in the region keeps making businesses grow and get recognized. A well prepared workforce leads to a strong region and a strong business community! For more information on this award, please contact Emily Clamp at (704) 348-2732 or by e-mail at eclamp@centralina.org.


Monroe Leaders Come Together to Discuss the Direction for Economic Development and Growth

Monroe will need to continue diversifying its workforce and incorporating new technology if it’s to keep up with the changing economy, business leaders said at a recent meeting.

At its annual meeting held in early December 2009, the Monroe Economic Development Commission addressed the highlights and low points of doing business in Monroe and discussed ways they could reach out to new industries. David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director, also participated in this strategic planning meeting.

“With all that’s going on in the world, we want to make sure we’re heading in the right direction,” said Chris Plate, Monroe’s economic development director. “We’re trying to re-identify Monroe.”

The city’s manufacturing sector lost 300 positions this past year and added 150, with a net loss of 150 positions. Bloomsberg Mills was the only business to close its doors, Plate said.

The commission – which included two councilmen, the mayor, the president of South Piedmont Community College and several industry leaders – also discussed the importance of social networking sites and the Internet for industry marketing, which they said was significantly cheaper than traditional methods of distribution.

Leaders at the meeting also discussed what Monroe was known for, negative things said about the city, top assets, growing industries, potential future industries and business development project expenses. With the issues and goals out on the table. Monroe hopes that it can continue to reach out to its current businesses and attract new ones as well.

Please continue to look to the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s monthly E-Newsletter for updates on this exciting development in our region!


Chamber Celebrates 2009 with Annual Meeting

Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Reaches Out to the Community

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Meeting at the Embassy Suites in Concord on Monday January 11, 2010. The meeting’s theme and the theme for the upcoming year is “I AM the Chamber” – a focus on Chamber members. David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director, attended this great local event.

Early in the meeting awards were presented to well-deserving recipients, including: Alex Rankin of CESI (and a member of the NC Commission on Workforce Development) who received “Citizen of the Year”, Home Instead Senior Care received the “Small Business of the Year”award, Toby Prewitt, Bachman Brown and Dr. Jo Anne Byerly, Superintendent of Kannapolis City Schools received the “Lifetime Achievement” award, and Jason Huddle of Cabarrus Business Magazine won the “Ambassador of the Year” award.

NC Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco delivered the keynote speech following the awards presentation. He reinforced the need for this region to push forward, as he referred with optimism to recent announcements of jobs coming to the area. He assured the crowd there are more jobs coming and that Governor Perdue’s highest priority for our state is to create more jobs by attracting more business and industry to North Carolina.

The meeting was a great success with over 500 members and guests attending! The sponsors of the event included: Wachovia Bank/Wells Fargo Company, Duke Energy, Coach American, TEAM HONEYCUTT/Allen Tate Realtors, and Vulcan Materials.

The Centralina Workforce Development Board and the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce are strong partners in the community. The Board congratulates the Chamber on another successful year and looks forward to the success in the future. For more information on the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, please contact Emily Clamp at (704) 348-2732 or by e-mail at eclamp@centralina.org.


Expansion and More Jobs Coming to the Region

Celguard Announces Additional Jobs for Concord Facility

Celgard, a Charlotte-based company helping develop batteries for electric cars plans to expand and add a new facility in Concord, adding 289 jobs. Of the new jobs, 209 will be added in Concord (Cabarrus County).The company also has 390 jobs in Charlotte. The new jobs will pay average annual salaries of $56,960. The company is a division of Polypore International, a publicly traded company also based in Charlotte.Celguard stands to receive NC Commerce approved state incentives worth up to $5.56 million over 11 years if it adds the new jobs and retains the existing ones.

Governor Bev Perdue announced the new jobs at a news conference in Concord in January. Celgard is an innovative, forward-thinking North Carolina company that is helping us realize the promise of a greener economy,” she said in a prepared statement. “These are exactly the types of jobs I envisioned when we started building the number of ‘green-collar’ jobs in our state.”

The company was considering expansion in Georgia and South Carolina. Celguard makes membranes used in lithium batteries for notebook computers, digital cameras and other devices.

For more information about this exciting development, please continue to look to the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s monthly newsletter.


Manufacturer in Salisbury Eyes Growth for Long Haul

Extend-A-Haul Plans to Add Jobs in the Near Future

Extend-A-Haul , a startup business in Salisbury (Rowan County)has hired 10 employees and plans to add 50 more by the end of the year if its product sells as well as the company expects. The company also won two awards at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s Las Vegas show in November.
The company has been making pickup-truck ramp and truck-bed extenders in two Salisbury buildings in Speedway Business Park for about a month. The company occupies about 20,000 square feet in the park off Interstate 85, on the southern side of town.

Chris Eales, president and chief executive, estimates he has spent about $250,000 to get the business into production.

For more information about this exciting development, please continue to look to the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s monthly newsletter.


Calling All Businesses: Centralina WDB Needs Your Input!

Survey Seeks Information on How We Can Help Your Business

The Centralina Workforce Development Board needs your help! Many of the ideas for complimentary services we deliver came from employers like you. As a result, the Centralina Workforce Development Board has been able to respond to real needs of the business community as we continue to be customer driven. As the lead workforce development and delivery agency in your area, our planning has allowed us to focus resources where they are needed.

So, please CLICK HERE to complete a SHORT survey and share how we can best serve your business. An investment of 3-4 minutes to get your input is extremely valuable to us. As a thank you, your name will be entered into our monthly drawing for a special gift from the Centralina WDB.

The few minutes you share with us gives back to your community as well as your business. If you have any questions about the survey or would like to give more input, please contact Vail Carter at (704) 348-2710 or by e-mail at vcarter@centralina.org.

January's Business Survey Prize Winner is ...

Each month, the Centralina Workforce Development Board holds a drawing from Business Surveys that area businesses have completed and posted on our website.

Centralina is pleased to announce that the winner of this month’s drawing is the Freirich Foods, Inc. in Salisbury, NC (Rowan County). Lisa Parker of Freirich Foods, Inc. completed and submitted the survey. We thank Lisa for helping us with our continuous improvement feedback process! For more information about Freirich Foods, Inc., please visit their site at www.freirich.com.

If you haven't completed the survey, you can do so now by going to our website. It only takes a couple of minutes and by completing the survey, it will guarantee your entry into our next drawing.

For more information on the Centralina Workforce Development Employer Survey and the business services available through the Board and our local JobLink Career Centers, please contact Vail Carter at (704) 348-2710 or by email at vcarter@centralina.org.



Employment Statistics
 Updated Monthly on this E-Newsletter

December 2009
(Source: NC Employment Security Commission)
Unemployment Rate
Persons Employed
Centralina WDB Region
State of NC

For more information on employment, click here

The Centralina Workforce Development Board is in YOUR Community!

During the month of January 2010, the Centralina Workforce Development Board has been actively involved with events, seminars, training sessions, and other meetings all designed to help build a better workforce for our region. Beyond our involvement with the Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership, local Chamber meetings, and the Job Resources Faith/Community Based event, here are some the activities of the Board members and WDB staff for January:

Centralina Workforce Development Board meeting - held on Tuesday January 12 at South Piedmont Community College in Monroe. Dr. John McKay and Stuart Wasilowski from South Piedmont Community College presented exciting information on several new initiatives. The college has received funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation for a Certificate in Aerospace Manufacturing program and for a Workforce Development Mobile Unit (“Career Cruiser”) for Anson County. Stuart also provided details of the Disney Institute training on April 29, 2010 that will be co-sponsored by SPCC and the Centralina WDB.

Patrick McKemie with the NC Employment Security Commission Labor Market Information division presented timely information on labor market trends for our region. Patrick also presented the www.ncesc.com website and how to better access LMI information. Board members heard from Emily Clamp on the launch of several social media tools (Twitter, LinkedIn, Type Pad) for the Board. Board members also discussed the state proposed changes to the Incumbent Worker program, received an update on the Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership, dates for upcoming WDB committee and regional meetings, the latest local labor market information, and updates on other key workforce issues and recent presentations in the region.

Centralina WDB Executive Planning Committee meeting – held on Tuesday January 19 at The Floor Pavilion in Concord. Centralina WDB Chair Bob VanGorden conducted the meeting. David Hollars attended this meeting and provide staff support. Committee worked on Board best practices, social networking, business intelligence reporting, and retreat planning.
Centralina WDB Youth Council meeting – held on Thursday January 28 at the Boys & Girls Club in Concord. The meeting was conducted by Centralina WDB member and Youth Council chair Carol Johnson. Natasha Pender, Centralina WDB Program Assistant and David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director participated in provided staff support. Trishana Jones of the Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office presented information on how youth can advocate for themselves and on behalf of their communities.

Centralina WDB Community Relations Committee meeting – held on Thursday January 28 at the Boys & Girls Club in Concord. Centralina WDB member and committee chair Tom Ramseur conducted the meeting. David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director, Natasha Pender, Centralina WDB Program Assistant, and Vail Carter, Centralina WDB Business Services Coordinator participated in provided staff support. Michelle Peifer from Stanly CC attended the meeting provided guidance on brochure and marketing development and ideas for better press releases.

Cabarrus County Schools – Graduation project student review – held on Tuesday January 5 in Concord. Natasha Pender, Centralina WDB Program Assistant, participated and served as a judge/reviewer for the graduation projects presented by J.M. Robinson High School seniors.

Career & Technical Education – Marketing Committee meeting – held on Friday January 8 at Rowan-Cabarrus CC in Salisbury. David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director participated in this meeting. The committee is developing marketing materials and a promotion schedule for making more people aware of the importance of career and technical education.

Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual meeting – held on Monday January 11 at the Embassy Suites in Concord. David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director and Bob VanGorden, WDB chair, attended this event along with many JobLink partners from throughout Cabarrus County.

Mooresville- South Iredell Chamber of Commerce Annual meeting – held on Friday January 15 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville. David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director participated in this event along with many JobLink partners from throughout Iredell County.

NC Workforce Leadership Academy – Learning Network meeting – held on Wednesday January 20 at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director participated in this meeting designed to develop a learning network for workforce professionals who are graduates of the NC Workforce Leadership Academy.

JobLink Coordinators Forum – held on Thursday January 28 at McDowell Technical Community College in Marion. Centralina WDB member Judi Morton and other JobLink managers from the Centralina WDB region participated in this learning exchange sponsored by the NC Department of Commerce – Division of Workforce Development.

Charlotte Regional Economic & Workforce Recovery Initiative Team meeting – held on Wednesday January 6 at CPCC Harris Conference Center. This group is implementing plans and strategies to address the current and anticipated layoffs from the financial service sector businesses in the Charlotte region, as requested by Governor Beverly Perdue. Vail Carter, Centralina WDB Business Services Representative participated in this meeting and provided an update on specific solutions for the faith-based/community-based connections David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director also participated in this meeting.

PY 2009 Annual Workforce Investment Act (WIA) monitoring of Adult and Dislocated Worker and Youth services – conducted by Patricia White, Centralina WDB Operations Manager with I Care, Inc. – Youth services contractor for Iredell and Lincoln counties on January 14 and 15 in Statesville and Lincolnton.

Workforce Business Development and Assistance – provided by Vail Carter, Centralina WDB Business Services Representative for the following area companies:

> Met with Beth Abernathy, Human Resources Manager at Zimmer Orthopedic in Statesville (Iredell County) – Business Development visit – January 5

> Met with Ms. Hillary Nicholson of Concord Housing Authority and delivered resource materials for their Job Support Group – (Cabarrus County) – January 6

> Met with Ms. Dana Eure, Administrator for the Concord Public Library and delivered job support materials for their resource area – (Cabarrus County) – January 6

> Delivered promotional items for Veterans Event to Ms. Wanda Weeks, Director of the Concord Job Connection SHARE Network site in Concord (Cabarrus County) – January 6

> Delivered presentation on the Incumbent Workforce Development Program at the monthly meeting of the Mooresville/South Iredell Human Resource Managers Association group in Mooresville (Iredell County) – January 12

> Attended Business Roundtable meeting at Central Piedmont Community College and submitted a brief report on activities of the Centralina WDB – January 14

> Participated in an interview and photo opportunity with the Charlotte Observer promoting the upcoming Job Support Group event for the faith-based community – January 15

> Met with Mr. Greg Hensley, Human Resource Manager at Cardinal FG Company in Statesville (Iredell County) - Business Development visit – January 20

> Conducted Monitoring of Incumbent Workforce Development Program contract with Pinnacle Corrugated in Landis (Rowan County) – January 21

> Met with Mr. Scott Shelton, Project Manager at Rowan Economic Development Commission in Salisbury (Rowan County) – Business Development visit – January 21

> Met with Mr. Alvin Borders of the Winston-Salem Urban League to deliver computers for their SHARE Network site.

> Met with Mr. Chris Martinez, Production Engineer and Ms. Daphne Babay of Greiner Bio-One in Monroe to discuss the Incumbent Workforce Development Program and their training priorities in Monroe (Union County) – January 25

> Attended Rowan-Cabarrus Business Roundtable meeting at the N.C. Research Campus Nutrition Building. Submitted an update report on IWDP grant activity and information on the Link-Up Resources event scheduled for February 9 in Mooresville. Following the meeting, attended a Press Conference and announcement for Monsanto Corporations intent to have a presence at the NCRC Core Lab in Kannapolis (Cabarrus County) – January 28

> Met with Mr. Keith Reavis, Consultant with Structured Medical in Mooresville to discuss details for the Incumbent Workforce Development Program grant application submission – Mooresville (Iredell County) – January 29

These are only a few examples of how your Centralina Workforce Development Board is actively involved with our partners in our counties every month. To find out more about getting involved with the Centralina Workforce Development Board, please contact David Hollars at (704) 348-2717 or by e-mail at dhollars@centralina.org or visit our website at www.centralinaworks.com. The Centralina Workforce Development – The Competitive Force in Our Global Economy.


Faith Based Organizations Come Together to Learn How to Reach the Workforce

On Wednesday January 27, 2010 Mecklenburg Ministries, a nonprofit that builds relationships among clergy and tackles social issues, hosted a free lunch workshop for the leaders of some 50 faith-based job support groups. With financial support from North Carolina SHARE Network, the group was able to reach maximum capacity as over 150 people from five counties came to find out about resources and network.

“My goal is simply just to try to help every person who is unemployed in Charlotte,” Maria Hanlin, executive director of Mecklenburg Ministries said. “And the best way to do that is to help those who minister to them.”

Faith-based groups are particularly popular lately as job support groups, because the throngs of white-collar job-seekers, many unemployed for the first time, are seeking solace in the sense of community that their places of worship offer.

And while some faith-based groups offer sophisticated help with resumes and other skills, others have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of workers in need and ill-equipped to offer much beyond the clergy’s expert emotional and spiritual counseling.

“They’re on the front lines, responding to people who are becoming desperate,” Hanlin said. “I think they need to be encouraged and given hope.”

That’s where the Mecklenburg Ministries luncheon came into play. It’s goal to coach support-group leaders on topics from social networking to navigating unemployment benefits and offer a chance for networking and partnership building.

Vail Carter, Business Services Coordinator for the Centralina Workforce Development Board chaired the committee that pulled the event together. He said the event allowed the faith-based groups to connect with the workforce community in an effort to better manage their Job Support Groups and tap resources being offered by local workforce agencies.

The program included an address by Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. He gave an overview of the local economy and briefed attendees on the jobs situation in the Charlotte Region. The program also featured a panel of experts who shared “best practices” for the support groups. Debby Millhouse, President of CEO, Inc. closed the program with words of hope.

The Centralina Workforce Development Board was proud to be included in this wonderful event and will continue to assist with community events just like this one. Want to find out how you can start a conversation in your community? Contact Vail Carter for more information at (704) 348-2710 or by email at vcarter@centralina.org.


Mayor Anthony Foxx speaks with a participant at the Job Resources luncheon.
Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer.

Centralina WDB Jumps into Social Networking

Want to keep up more with the Centralina Workforce Development Board? Want to get helpful information, updates about the region and workforce development? Well come follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and on our blog!

That’s right the Centralina Workforce Development Board is now on Twitter, and LinkedIn! Also the Centralina WDB blog is updated weekly with information relevant to all workforce development professionals as well as to the whole community! Start reading the blog right now and find out if it’s better to mind your manners or mind your blackberry!

So please join these communities and start a conversation with us! You’d be surprised who is talking already! Come find out what you are missing!

If you are interested in joining Twitter or LinkedIn but have questions or need assistance please contact Emily Clamp at (704) 348-2732 or by email at eclamp@centralina.org.

Racing Meets Research in Kannapolis

NASCAR Teams Sharpen Competitive Edge at NC Research Campus

Two NASCAR teams have turned to the N.C. Research Campus to improve pit crew performance through exercise science and nutrition.

Hendrick Motorsports is sending pit crews for the No. 5 and No. 88 teams to the Research Campus in Kannapolis, a $1.5 billion life sciences complex where eight universities study health, nutrition and agriculture.

Hendrick has entered what the company calls a "long-term relationship" with Appalachian State University's Human Performance Lab, directed by Dr. David Nieman.

"We are always looking for an edge of opportunity to improve the performance of our pit crews," said Mark Mauldin, pit crew coordinator for Hendrick Motorsports who lives in Salisbury.

Dr. Nieman has expertise in overall fitness and cardiovascular health, and that's an area we don't pursue heavily in our sport."

Back when pit crews were doing 20-second pit stops, it wasn't as crucial for them to be in excellent physical condition.

Today, crews are expected to change four tires, add 22 gallons of gasoline and make adjustments to a 3,400-pound race car in 13.5 seconds. That requires speed, strength, agility and hand-eye coordination.

"Finding tenths and hundredths of seconds was not really that important five or six years ago," said Mauldin, who operates Twin Creek cattle farm near Spencer with his wife Corinne, a teacher at North Rowan High School, when he's not working at Hendrick in Charlotte.

Now, with the Cars of Tomorrow racing side-by-side, teams rely on their pit crews to find the advantage. Every second lost on pit road can equate to 100 feet on the track.

"A premium is put on gaining a spot in the pits," Mauldin said. "It's sometimes easier to gain a spot on pit road than on the track."

All Hendrick pit crewmen are former standout high school or Division I college athletes, and some have played in the NFL.

They train year-round and put in 14 to 16 hours on race day. At Hendrick Motorsports, they have coaches, certified strength trainers, a dietician and even a sports psychologist.

Experts spend hours studying film of pit stops and even pit stop practices to find mistakes and develop ways to keep them from happening again.

"Along with building engines and shocks and suspension parts, pit crew building has become a specialty part of racing," Mauldin said.

While Hendrick has a state-of-the-art training facility, the company lacked the specialized equipment at the Research Campus, which provides data that Mauldin can't generate on his own.

And Hendrick lacked the expertise of Nieman, a renowned scientist and researcher.

When pit crew members were undergoing testing last week in Kannapolis, Rick Hendrick's personal trainer Matt Skeen thought Nieman's name sounded familiar.

Skeen later realized that Nieman wrote one of his college textbooks, "Exercise Testing and Prescription: A Health Related Approach."

So, one cutting-edge industry turns to another as Hendrick looks to the Research Campus to get the edge on the competition. And Nieman said he relishes the chance to work with pit crews, a little-studied segment of the athletic population.

The arrangement is free. Mauldin first learned about the Research Campus last year when he attended a meeting at the biotechnology complex in downtown Kannapolis.

As a cattle farmer, Mauldin serves on the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Board. When state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler gave a tour of the campus, Mauldin started asking about a human performance lab.

Clyde Higgs, campus vice president for business development, put him in touch with Nieman.

As NASCAR prepares to open its season on Valentine's Day at the Daytona 500, two pit crews from Hendrick Motorsports are meeting with scientists in Kannapolis to improve their performance by even a tenth of a second.

"The premium is now put on human performance that was always put on car performance," Mauldin said. "You need to build great pit crews, as well as great cars, to win races."

Please stay tuned to the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s monthly E-Newsletter for more developments on these exciting stories. For more information on what is going on at the NC Research Campus please visit the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s website at www.centralinaworks.com.


Kip Wolfmeier, the rear tire changer for Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 team, sits in the Bod Pod while his body composition is tested. Photo courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports.
Dion Williams, a rear tire changer for the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 team, has his mask adjusted by an intern at the ASU Human Performance Lab in Kannapolis. Photo courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports.

A New Partner Joins the Research Campus

Monsanto Plans to Open a Lab and Create More Jobs

The North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) is landing crop giant Monsanto as a tenant for the $1.5 billion project that is being built by billionaire David Murdock.

The company has signed a long-term lease for research facilities at the campus.

In an announcement, the company and Murdock said the Monsanto lab will focus on "taste and nutritional composition of vegetables, and enhanced nutrition in food-focused row crops such as soybeans."

“I commend David for his vision in pulling together such diverse institutions that are leaders in their fields” said Robb Fraley, chief technology officer for Monsanto, in a statement.

“The research center holds great promise and the potential to make a significant contribution to human health, nutrition and agriculture. The synergy that exists at a campus like this could lead to truly innovative research and products with long-term benefits for consumers.”

“Monsanto’s presence on the NCRC constitutes yet another critical piece in ensuring the success of the campus,” Murdock said in a statement. “I am proud to have a company with the outstanding reputation of Monsanto, a leader in the field of agricultural biotechnology, as our newest partner. I look forward to great collaboration and scientific breakthroughs between Monsanto and our other academic and industry partners on the campus.”

Last year, Monsanto struck a five-year development agreement with Dole Food, which Murdock owns.

Earlier this month, NCRC dropped several hints about its future new client in announcing a press conference at the campus.

“It’s a company with vast numbers of employees,” a spokesperson for the NCRC told Local Tech Wire and WRAL.com. “This is a company that is coming to do new research.

“They will open a research operation on the campus,” LTW was told.

According to the Salisbury Post, the company will create initially between 20 and 25 jobs.

However, the new tenant eventually could employ hundreds of people, Phyllis Beaver, marketing director for Castle & Cooke, which is developing the campus, told the newspaper.

"This is a great step forward," Beaver said. "They have the potential to create to many jobs."

According to Beaver, the proteomics lab at NCRC helped draw the company.

In a media advisory, the new tenant was described as being a “Fortune 100 company.”
“The NC Research Campus takes a giant step forward with the addition of a significant new tenant, a global company that will speed the development of breakthrough science at the Kannapolis campus,” the advisory said.

The announcement will also include a tour of the proteomics lab at the main building.

UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State already have buildings at the campus. Duke University is a partner in the NCRC as well as are several other state universities.

Private sector partners include Labcorp and Red Hat.

Please stay tuned to the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s monthly E-Newsletter for more developments on these exciting stories. For more information on what is going on at the NC Research Campus please visit the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s website at www.centralinaworks.com.


Adjusting to College Life

Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College Program Kicks Off Second Semester

Before they stepped into their first classes with college students in January, the youth enrolled in the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School were feeling anxious.

Several students were worried about being identified as high school students among classmates who are years older. Now that all of them have survived their first class with college students, they said they feel more relaxed.

“We are with college people now,” Angie Vasquez, 14, said. “They talked to me. I don’t think they knew we were in Early College.”

January 2010 was the beginning of a full semester at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) for the 46 students in the Early College High School. The new school, which began in August, had formerly been housed at Cox Mill High School while its space on the college campus was being constructed.

In November, the students moved to RCCC while they were concluding their first college class, health and physical education, which they all passed.

This semester, students enrolled in a class with the college students, choosing one from music appreciation, mythology, art appreciation, world religions and technology.

“Now that they know what a college course is, they are interacting with college students and getting the full experience,” said Early College Principal Vance Fishback.

The new school allows ninth graders to earn a high school diploma and associate’s degree or up to two years of college transfer credit in the four or five year program.

Currently, students are enrolled in their second semester and are taking Biology, Algebra II and English II, taught by Early College High School Faculty.

The Centralina Workforce Development Board and the Centralina WDB Youth Council are strong supporters of all of the Early College programs in the Centralina WDB region. The Board and the Youth Council congratulate the youth who are enrolled and wish them great success! For more information on Early College programs, please contact Natasha Pender at (704) 348-2725 or by e-mail at npender@centralina.org.


Local Schools Nationally Recognized!

U.S. News & World Report Honors South Stanly HS and other Area Schools

South Stanly High School has been named a bronze medalist in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best High School scope.

In collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education and data research and analysis business that provides parents with education data, U.S. News & World Report analyzed academic and enrollment data from more than 21,000 public high schools to find the very best across the country. The top schools were placed into gold, silver, bronze, or honorable mention categories.

“We’re proud of this honor,” said South Stanly HS Principal Mike Campbell.

As one of the 1,750 schools that were named winners, South Stanly joined by several other high schools within the state, including area schools A.L. Brown High School (Kannapolis), Monroe High School (Union County), Salisbury High School (Rowan County), West Charlotte, Highland Tech (Gastonia), Freedom (Morganton), and West Caldwell – all of which received bronze status.

The Centralina Workforce Development Board and the Centralina WDB Youth Council would like to congratulate South Stanly High School, as well as all the other winners of the bronze medal! The Board and the Youth Council are strong partners with these outstanding schools and are proud to have them in our region! For more information on the report or on the schools who received the awards, please contact Natasha Pender at (704) 348-2725 or by e-mail at npender@centralina.org.


Keeping Students in School

Grants Fund Local Dropout Prevention Efforts in Iredell County

Iredell-Statesville Schools (ISS) and the Statesville Housing Authority (SHA) have each been awarded $175,000 by the North Carolina General Assembly’s Committee on dropout prevention. The grant money, totaling $350,000, will fund local efforts to keep students enrolled in school and help them succeed

The two organizations were among 83 groups statewide to receive $13 million in funds. Grants ranged from $17,710 to $175,000.

SHA will use the grant as seed money for its newest program, “Project Leadership and Empowerment and Advocacy for Families (LEAF).”

“Project LEAF focuses more directly on families and their capacities to more successfully help their children,” Bricca Sweet, director of SHA’s Family Development Division, said.

The program’s goal is to increase the engagement of families of at-risk youth so they can “better help their children stay in and successfully graduate from school,” she said.
Sweet said the funds will allow them to help families that otherwise might not have been reached.

Funding is set to carry the program through June 30, 2011. The money will pay for outreach coordinators who will act as liaisons between families and schools and connect families with various agencies. Funds will also go toward supplies, materials and training.

Iredell-Statesville Schools will use its money for the Success, Awareness and Growth through Enrichment (SAGE), an afterschool and summer enrichment program. In this program, students receive homework assistance, tutoring and go on field trips. Funding will be used to extend SAGE sites. It is currently at Troutman Middle and Statesville Middle. The new grant will allow expansion to North Middle, east Middle and possibly Monticello.

I-SS Grants Manager Carol McCrory said the program was successful over the summer, and the district is excited to see it reach more students. She said middle school is often where students become disinterested, which is why a program like SAGE is so vital.

“We’re trying to connect and engage children in different ways,” she said. “We’re targeting unmotivated students who have become disengaged from school and we’re trying to create a sense of excitement, of learning,” she added.

The Centralina Workforce Development Board and the Centralina WDB Youth Council would like to congratulate Iredell-Statesville Schools and the Statesville Housing Authority. The Board and the Youth Council are proud partners with both organizations and look forward to all the great things these programs will bring to our region! For more information on the programs mentioned in this article, please contact Natasha Pender at (704) 348-2725 or by e-mail at npender@centralina.org.


Concord High School Career Fair Connects Students to Employers

Concord High School (Cabarrus County) held its first career day with a fair sponsored by the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) and staff. Twenty-three employers attended the fair and were given time to introduce their industry to attending students.

Allowing students to learn what amount of education is needed for certain careers, as well as information on what careers existed is the reason the PTSO wanted to host a career day.

“Somebody has to spark these kids’ interests,” said Angela Colombero, president of the athletic booster club. “There is so much out there, from the military to a funeral home director. If you don’t expose children to what is out there, they are losing out on potential.”

Students who attended said they wanted to find out about education required, salaries and benefits for various careers. Several employers and groups said they were able to answer questions about these topics while also dispelling myths about the careers.

“As a teenager, my mind is open to (the fair), so it allows me to explore opportunities,” Senior Cheri Howard said. “It’s beneficial, it’s free and you get a lot out of it.”

Concord High School Principal Carla Black agreed. “We felt like our students don’t get opportunities to visit companies or take part in activities, that expose them to different careers,” Black said. “They are able to ask questions they are naturally curious about.”

School staff also offered workshops about the recruiting process for the NCAA Clearinghouse, making financial choices and honing organizational skills for leadership students.

Black said she thought the students enjoyed the career fair and various workshops.

Sandra Allred, secretary for the PTSO, said the employers and other groups were receptive when asked to come to the fair. With this year’s success, she and Black said the event will continue in the future. “We’re hoping to make it bigger next year,” Allred said.

The Centralina Workforce Development Board and the Centralina WDB Youth Council are proud partners with Concord High School and is happy to see them connecting youth and employers. For more information on this wonderful career fair, please contact Natasha Pender at (704) 348-2725 or by e-mail at npender@centralina.org.



What's Happening in the Region?

Comings, Goings, Kudos…


  • Chiquita Miller has been named the new Chief Professional Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont. Miller was previously the Executive Director for Teen Health Inc., which is now housed in the Boys & Girls Club. Chiquita is also a member of the Centralina WDB Youth Council.
  • Christy Bogle has been named the new Executive Director of United Way of Stanly County. She is a native of Stanly County and was the NC Wise Date Manager at Aquadale Elementary.
  • Todd Holden is the new Executive Director of Secondary Education and Career Technical Education for Iredell-Statesville Schools. Currently Holden is the Principal of West Iredell High School. He will start his new position full time in March 2010.

  • Stanly Early College Principal John Balls has retired from his position at Stanly Community College (SCC). He has served nearly four years as the leader of the early college high school located on the Stanly CC campus.

  • Storm Technologies, Inc. was named the Small Business of the Year at the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. Storm Technologies was also the 2009 winner of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Development.

  • Carolina Beer & Beverage in Mooresville won the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce award for Business of the Year for 2009. Carolina Beer & Beverage is a former recipient of Incumbent Worker training funds from the Centralina WDB.



• Centralina Workforce Development Board meeting
Tuesday February 9, 2010 – 4:30 PM
Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce - Kannapolis

• Centralina WDB JobLink Managers meeting
Tuesday February 9, 2010 – 3:00 PM
Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce - Kannapolis

• Centralina WDB Workforce Readiness Committee meeting
Friday February 12, 2010 – 11:30 AM
Union Smart Start - Monroe

• Competitive Workforce Alliance - Allied Health Career Connections
Friday February 12, 2010 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Gaston College – Lincoln Campus, Lincolnton

• Developing Your Business Plan
Tuesday February 2, 2010 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – North Campus - Salisbury
Thursday February 4, 2010 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - Cabarrus Business & Technology Center
Cost: Free
Contact: 704.216.3512

How Do I Market My Small Business
Tuesday February 9, 2010 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – North Campus – Salisbury
Cost: Free
Contact: 704.216.3512

The North Carolina Workforce Development Training Center Training offers many great training sessions for every workforce development professional. The Center can even do online trainings for you and your colleagues. Some of the great training sessions include: Keeping Your Cool (When Others are HOT!), Assessment: The Foundation of Case Management, Delivering Excellent Customer Service, and Youth Services: A Variety of Topics. These are just some of the great training sessions they can put together for your team. So give them a call and see what they can do for you! Contact Robin Broome at (919) 306-1819 or visit their website for more information at www.ncwdtc.com.


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