“I don’t like to feel like a victim:” WIA client succeeds, wants more

“I don’t like to feel like a victim:” WIA client succeeds, wants more

July 17, 2015 | Charlotte Works Staff

Margarita Gonzalez Rocha is a tiny woman with long black hair, a soft voice and a core of steel. Her story may have one of two effects on you: you’ll either want to just find her and hug her, or you may be inspired and motivated enough to start to create your own success story. […]

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Congratulations! They’ve landed!

February 13, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works congratulates the following clients who’ve landed positions in the last several months: Tyrail Commodore was a high school senior when he got involved in Youth Works under the direction of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s CLAY (Career Leadership Academy for Youth) program. Upon graduating from Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, he […]

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Youth finds skill, job, acceptance through YouthWorks program

November 14, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Galo Saladin is not shy. He’s not shy about telling you that he only got into maintenance work for the money. (He really wants to go into horticulture and dreams of working his own organic farm one day.) He’s not shy about telling you about his past as “not-the-greatest-kid in high school.” (“I’m not gonna […]

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Gia Lockhart: A second-chance story

October 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

When you meet Gia Lockhart, especially if she’s in her CATS (Charlotte Area Transit System) uniform, you see a classy, cheerful woman with sparkling eyes and a wide smile. What you don’t see is a woman with an eight-page N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles rap sheet that starts with her first ticket at age 12. […]

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Springing into WIA Classroom Training: Start now for 2015!

September 19, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

“Spring semester” is a deceptive title: spring semester at your local college or university actually begins in January. So although the temperature is still warm, it’s time to think about the winter. Admission deadlines at many institutions are rapidly approaching. Through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Charlotte Works can provide sponsorship for eligible and suitable […]

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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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Historic bipartisan workforce bill can strengthen system

June 12, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

On May 21, Congress introduced the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If passed, the new law would effectively replace our nation’s existing workforce development laws (the WIA, or Workforce Investment Act of 1998). The new bill focuses on streamlining programs (eliminating 15 of them), standardizes reporting across programs and helps break down administrative […]

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Charlotte Works welcomes new team members

Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works is fortunate to have recently expanded our team of talented workforce professionals to serve you better: Jeff Adams advises clients every day in his role as career coach. He joins us from Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, where he was a career development specialist. Adams brings more than 13 years’ experience in […]

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Employers: Grow your business while growing your staff

May 16, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Impact your bottom line while improving the skills of your new hires with an On-The-Job Training (OJT) Grant! On-The-Job Training (OJT) Grants target business needs by training newly hired employees in skilled positions. Participating Mecklenburg County employers are reimbursed 50 to 90 percent of the salaries ($6,000 to $20,000) of their OJT trainees while these […]

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Leaves are falling in the world of WIA

Charlotte Works Staff

It may be May, but to paraphrase Led Zeppelin, leaves are fallin’ all around, it’s time you were on your way! Which means that if you’re interested in getting Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Classroom Training funds for post-secondary educational programs that start this fall, it’s time for you to be on your way in the process […]

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