Since mid-September, Kisha Boyd-Clyburn, facilitator of program overviews at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), has been a weekly presence at Charlotte Works. She’s been working to raise awareness about CPCC’s training programs, provide clients with the opportunity to ask questions about their specific situations and learn more about opportunities to enhance their employability.
Boyd-Clyburn says that, in general, getting started on going back to school can be daunting for potential students, especially those with basic questions about how to reinvent themselves after being laid off. It may have been a long time since they were in school, and the application and financial aid processes are likely to have changed significantly. For others considering higher education for the first time, the confusion can be off-putting.
“Many don’t have the luxuries of time, finances or an inherent knowledge of opportunities – or even where to start,” she says. “Having someone to assist them in selecting programs that match their interests and skill sets and helping them to understand what each program entails has been beneficial. This level of detail helps individuals make more informed career choices.”
Boyd-Clyburn calls herself a walking catalog: not only does she have to understand CPCC’s “big” (master) catalog and its continuing education catalog, but she also has to have some general knowledge of where to direct potential students.
Boyd-Clyburn says that Charlotte Works does an excellent job in moving clients along the path to reemployment. Unlike in years past, she sees our coaches and training coordinators taking a more holistic approach, customizing services for each individual to connect them with resources and moving from being in transition to finding their next careers much sooner. Often, she meets with clients and coaches or training coordinators together to discuss options.
“Many people who are referred to Charlotte Works may not have necessarily gone through all the workshops and are here because the word is out in the community,” Boyd-Clyburn notes. “Charlotte Works is helping to minimize the anxiety and giving clients a place of hope and a space where they can search for jobs.”
Starting in January, Boyd-Clyburn will keep hours at the NCWorks Career Center at 7140 Forest Point Blvd. (28217) every third Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. She will be stationed at the NCWorks Career Center at 5601 Executive Center Dr. (28212) every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Want to connect with CPCC’s Boyd-Clyburn? She’s stationed in the Resource Center at the NCWorks Career Center at 1401 W. Morehead St., Suite 100 (28208) every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While career coaches and training coordinators are referring clients to her, you’re welcome to visit her on your own or schedule an appointment. Contact her at 704.330.4652.