Young Adults Reach for the Stars to Increase their Economic Mobility

Young Adults Reach for the Stars to Increase their Economic Mobility

July 31, 2018 | Shameika Rhymes

  About a dozen young adults from the NextGen program from Central Piedmont Community College and ResCare Workforce Services participated in WTVI PBS Charlotte’s 3-D Project program. Next Gen is a Charlotte Works program that helps young adults (ages 16 to 24) facing employment barriers to gain work experience, enter the job market, complete educational […]

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Unemployment is low, except for Charlotte’s Youth

July 17, 2018 Alyssa Brown

As Mecklenburg County reaches its lowest unemployment rate in years, many businesses are  struggling with a labor shortage and job-seekers are finding a wealth of job opportunities. Nationally, this has decreased overall, as well as for minority populations including women, black, and Hispanic job-seekers. For one group, unemployment remains much higher than average. Youth between […]

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What STEM Careers are Key to Improving Economic Mobility in Charlotte?

July 3, 2018 Alyssa Brown

   As the Charlotte community works to improve its ranking in economic opportunity, a vital focus has become education and career readiness. Leading on Opportunity,  the organization established to implement strategies to improve economic mobility, outlines several recommendations centered around providing students with access to high quality education, career pathway guidance, and work-based learning opportunities. Jobs […]

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For Road to Hire, work-based learning is more than cutting a check

June 5, 2018 Shameika Rhymes

  Trying to decide what to do with life after high school can be daunting. The Road to Hire program works to ease that decision while also breaking economic mobility barriers in the Charlotte area. The team believes that motivated young adults should have an equal opportunity to develop professional skills and move up the […]

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Career-seeker proves there’s more than one way to success

March 20, 2018 Shameika Rhymes

Anthany Watson spent nine years in his upper management human resources position when things came to a screeching halt. After the unexpected change in plans, Watson visited the local NCWorks Career Center* seeking help and says it’s the best thing he could have done. Attending multiple training programs at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) helped […]

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Local Rapid Response team steps in for workers facing layoffs

February 22, 2018 Charlotte Works Staff

After Aon Hewitt, a consulting and human resources outsourcing firm, announced that it would be permanently closing its Retiree Health Solutions Sales and Services Center in Charlotte, the Rapid Response team at our NCWorks Career Center stepped in to coordinate resources for roughly 70 full-time customer service representatives affected. An information session was held where […]

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Training scholarship offers first step to economic mobility for second chance career-seeker

January 22, 2018 Shameika Rhymes

For 55-year-old Nancy Waterman, giving up was not an option. From divorce to a stint in jail to living in her car, Waterman knew that to put her life back on track she would have to ask for help. She wanted to be able to put a roof over her head and provide herself with […]

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