CPCC to participate in North Carolina Back-to-Work program
North Carolina Back-to-Work is currently helping Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) provide short-term, job training and retraining, employability skills and industry-recognized credentials to North Carolinians across the state. More specifically, the program provides students with job training and retraining in technical education areas; employability skills, including a Career Readiness Certificate; and third party, industry-recognized credentials. This program is a partnership between the NC Community College and the NC Department of Commerce.
To fully understand the types of programs CPCC needed to offer for the spring 2014 session, market research was conducted to determine several high demand occupations. Based on county and state labor statistics, along with the support from local manufacturing companies, multiple occupations were identified, including flexography, welding and concrete finishing. As a result, the college will focus on these industries for its Back-to-Work program during the upcoming semester.
Along with ensuring the above identified career paths are provided to the local community, the program is also offering several resources to assist students throughout the duration of the program. Support will be provided to include assistance on enrollment, registration, counseling, advising, testing, tutoring, career services and financial aid. Once the program is completed and students pass the necessary exams, job placement services will also be provided in terms of resume assistance, interviewing, job searching and networking skills.
The key partners in this initiative include colleges across North Carolina, workforce agencies, economic development agencies, community-based organizations and human services agencies.
The total allocation for the NC Back-to-Work program is $7 million. Funds allocated to colleges were based on the following criteria:
- The number of long-term unemployed individuals in the college’s service area
- The percentage of long-term unemployed individuals in the college service area
- The availability of jobs for which the NC Back-to-Work program could prepare students
- The college’s demonstrated willingness and ability to successfully implement the program
CPCC’s Back-to-Work classes could be available at no cost to students. Interested individuals should attend an upcoming information session in November or December to see if they meet the program requirements or to talk to a CPCC staff member. To view information session dates and times, please visit www.cpcc.edu/changingcareers.