The dark side of low unemployment

March 13, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

The past five years brought difficult times to many Charlotteans as unemployment shot up to double digits and all of us knew a family member, friend or neighbor impacted by job loss. The silver lining of an unusually high unemployment rate was the fact that Charlotte could market itself as a ready-to-work mecca for employers […]

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News & notes

Charlotte Works Staff

We’ve got more good stuff to report this month! Two more NCWorks Career Centers certified for Mecklenburg County The NCWorks Career Centers at 5601 Executive Center Dr. (ECD) and 7140 Forest Point Blvd. (FPB) are now official! Managers Randall Darnell (ECD) and Stephanie Lattimore (FPB) accepted certificates of achievement from the NCWorks Commission in Raleigh […]

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Holiday wishes from Charlotte Works

December 19, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

The holidays are my favorite time of year. It’s often a time when we reflect on the past year’s achievements and take stock of where we missed the mark. Yet for many Charlotteans, taking stock means the realization that the dream of a middle-class lifestyle is a far-off dream. This dream is hampered by a […]

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Workforce boards: Leaders in creativity

August 15, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

The signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law last month was a major triumph for those of us in the workforce development field. The bipartisan bill will push more accountability and connectivity of regional workforce resources across our nation. Yet, for far too long, many of our nation’s nearly 500 local […]

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Pop some corn! We’re making sectors cool through video

July 18, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works and the Centralina Workforce Development Board have teamed up with WTVI to produce a series of five videos spotlighting young professionals who work in the hottest in-demand sectors in the region. Each video tells both the personal and professional stories of a young person in the early stages of career development. The workforce development boards and […]

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Charlotte Works goes to Washington

February 15, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

The last week of January proved to be a big one for those of us in the workforce development field. First, a big surprise came during the State of the Union, when President Barack Obama announced he was charging Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to reform our nation’s workforce system. Part of […]

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Charlotte Works leads the way in workforce development

January 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works continues to be a national – and international – leader in workforce development: On Dec. 6, President and CEO Steve Partridge served as a panelist at the ED411 conference in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by The Columbus Region, “ED411 is an annual half-day economic development training session designed to help elected and appointed officials and […]

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Making sectors cool: check out our updated career paths

October 19, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte’s economy is quickly recovering as employers add jobs or move operations to our area. Up until now, Charlotte has enjoyed this rapid job growth due, in part, to our ample supply of qualified workers and the amazing quality of life that we all enjoy. However, our job engine is in danger of slowing if […]

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MFG DAY: not your grandfather’s factory job

Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works joined forces with the Manufacturing Institute and other co-producers to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) on Friday, October 4. Although Charlotte Works didn’t sponsor an event, the organization does support the MFG DAY mission: “MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, […]

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Charlotte Works’ president & CEO testifies for WIA reauthorization

July 14, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Steve Partridge, president & CEO, testified at a full hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (H.E.L.P.) on June 20. The hearing, titled “Developing a Skilled Workforce for a Competitive Economy: Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act,” explored bi-partisan reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Partridge noted that local workforce […]

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