The extended hours will give customers more time to utilize the services and resources at the center.
Basic Computer Skills Course Available
Robeson Community College is offering a Basic Computer Skills course
April 29 - June 10, 2013 June 24 - July 30, 2013 August 12 - September 23
Mondays & Tuesday
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
@ Robeson County JobLink Center/formerly the Employment Security Commission located at 289 Corporate Drive, Suite B, Lumberton, NC
The course will introduce beginner computer users to areas that include:
Establishing a comfort zone with and around computers
Introduction to basic computer parts and terms
Introduction to Microsoft Word
Development of resumes and cover letters
Introduction of the Internet and simple searches
Major job search information, sties and searches
Email accounts and activities
Available first come, first served basis!
Contact the HRD Department at Robeson Community College to register - (910) 272-3613, (910) 272-3603, or (910) 272-3604.
No fee to persons meeting eligibility requirments
Ryan Nance Awarded CWDP Credential
Ryan Nance, the current Energy Sector Program Coordinator, has been awarded the Certified Workforce Development Professional credential by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
Workforce Development Professionals facilitate the process by which individuals identify, prepare for, obtain and maintain employment and self-sufficiency; and assist businesses with accessing and retaining a quality workforce. They may work directly with the customer or may work as support personnel for and with staff who do work directly with the customer. The CWDP recognizes the training, experience and expertise of professionals in the field in 10 areas of competency:
History and Structure of Workforce Development System
Career Development Process
Labor Market Information
Collaboration and Problem Solving
Business and Employer Knowledge
"Ryan exemplifies the degree of professionalism and commitment to excellence that America needs if it is to continue to enjoy a world-class workforce," said NAWDP Executive Director, Bridget Brown.
The CWDP Program is administered and endorsed by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. NAWDP is a national association for individuals pracititioners in the workforce development profession, with over 4,000 members. Is mission is to be the national voice for the professiona dn to meet the individual professional development needs of its membership.
North Carolina's Southeast Releases Plan
The North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership released their Workforce Needs Analysis and Strategic Plan.
North Carolina’s Southeast began the project in 2011 to look at workforce needs, a first for the region. The North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development and the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration provided funding for this project.
The goals and strategies detailed in the plan provide a template for North Carolina's Southeast to move forward. Implementation within the region is the next step.
To read the full report, visit their website at www.ncse.org
Board Offers Funds for Training
The Lumber River Workforce Development Board is seeking employers who are hiring and training new employees who were laid off from their previous job. Employers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to help offset the extraordinary cost of training workers.
The Board received $150,000 from NC Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund on-the-job training. The On-The-Job Training program, also known as OJT, encourages businesses to hire workers by offering employer reimbursement of 50%-90% of the employee’s wages during training.
The grant will provide training for up to 15 individuals for a period of 6 months. The goal of the program is to encourage economic recovery and promote employment opportunities for dislocated workers.
The NC Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions released the 2011/2012 North Carolina WIA Annual Report. The Lumber River State Energy Sector Partnership Grant program was highlighted on page 12!
FCC Investing $57M to expand operations in Scotland County
RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue announced that FCC (North Carolina), LLC, a manufacturer of automotive components, will expand its operations in Scotland County. The company plans to create 66 jobs and invest more than $57 million over the next three years in Laurinburg. The project was made possible in part by a $264,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. Click here to read the full announcement...
ETA Releases Research Paper on NC
The United State Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration release a research paper - The Employment Service in Rural North Carolina: Insights from the “Great Recession”.
This June, the U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating American Job Fair Month and encouraging businesses, community colleges, career centers and other workforce development partners across the country to help get America back to work by holding local job fairs. Visit the folloing website for more information http://businessengagement.workforce3one.org/job-fair-month
Announcing the Healthcare Virtual Career Network
The U.S. Department of Labor announces the Healthcare Virtual Career Network, developed by the American Association of Community Colleges and a number of partners under a grant from the Department of Labor. The Virtual Career Network is a gateway to new and better careers in healthcare fields. Through the online portal, jobseekers can explore career options, take free online courses, locate training and education programs and find job openings.
Robeson Community College and its partners are preparing to expand upon a brand new training center, better known as the GreenZone. In its next phase, the GreenZone will add solar systems to an existing greenhouse for research & training in both sustainable agriculture and clean energy technologies.
The All American Gateway Region Workforce Collaborative – comprised of Cumberland, Lumber River, Regional Partnership and Triangle South Workforce Development Boards and the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance – has launched a region-wide effort to help residents of Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties get not out of their lives.
What would it mean to get NOT out of your life?
It would mean that anyone who ever told you that you’re not smart enough, not good enough, or not qualified – was wrong.
By literally crossing out the word ‘not,’ negative statements are turned into positive mantras. Examples include: “You can [not] change your future” and “You are [not] going to make it in the real world.” The campaign seeks to correct the damage previously done by anyone who ever told you that you were not smart enough, not good enough, or could not qualify. If you would like to go back to school, you can. If you want to find a better job, you can!
Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.
The Laurinburg/Scotland Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a New Generation Careers Grant. The program is designed to assist the development of locally based strategies to train and place rural young people, ages 18 to 30 and a resident of Scotland County, in high-demand career fields.
Visit the Chamber at 606 Atkinson Street, Laurinburg, NC to pick up an application. Questions? Call (910) 276-7420.
The NC Department of Commerce has announced that the former Division of Workforce Development and the former Employment Security Division of ESC has an official name - The Division of Workforce Solutions. Reaching agreement on the brand for the new division was a difficult and very important decision. The Division’s Merger Oversight Team discussed branding the division over the course of several meetings and ultimately realized the importance of creating a new, fresh brand that did not attempt to salvage remnants of our former brands.
The Division of Workforce Solutions offers the following:
A new reflection of what our core business is to be—Helping jobseekers and employers access employment, career development, and training.
A brand that reflects the broad customer base that is Workforce Development—employers, jobseekers, education, training and economic/community development.
A brand that is positive, action-oriented and not bureaucratic.