CPCC launches Career Coach website

last modified Jan 31, 2013 09:37 AM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) this week launched Career Coach, a free online tool that allows local residents and CPCC students to explore potential careers. The tool may be accessed by visiting http://www.cpcc.edu/careercoach.

By conducting a simple keyword search, visitors are able to learn about the employment prospects of a variety of career fields. The tool provides local employment statistics in real-time and is customized to CPCC’s geographic region.

Site visitors can view detailed wage estimates and up-to-date job postings associated with careers, connect to CPCC programs that match their specific job search, and search for similar jobs to identify skill gaps they need to fill in order to transition into a new career. Users can also search for careers based on the College’s training programs, or by the program or major that interests them most.

In addition to the many features mentioned above, the Career Coach tool also includes a built-in resume builder that can help students and job seekers quickly and efficiently put together an updated resume that highlights their key skills and job experience.

“Career Coach will help our students and community members explore their career options while staying abreast of available job opportunities in the local marketplace,” said Sarah Wilson, Career Coach project coordinator for CPCC. “We’re excited about the impact this tool will have on the local workforce as it helps individuals fulfill their professional aspirations, such as transitioning into a new career, determining the academic career path that is needed in order to enter their selected field of interest or creating a resume that communicates their knowledge and skills to potential employers.”

Adds Wilson, “Career Coach is a comprehensive tool that will help both site visitors and CPCC. The college will be able to view the top career searches, as well as which resources visitors are using most. This information will help CPCC proactively respond to the demands of the local community and develop workforce training solutions such as new programs, classes and services that match our community members’ needs.”

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.