Challenges are no match for Youth Works teen

October 16, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

If you ask 18-year-old Wendy de Leon Hernandez about her experience in the Youth Works program, she’ll easily answer, “If it wasn’t for them, I don’t know where I would be.” Now enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College, Hernandez, a “deferred action” youth from Mexico, has faced obstacles, yet remained focused to achieve her goal of […]

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Our mistake: Our children’s future

Charlotte Works Staff

On a recent visit to Charlotte, U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Chris Lu spent some time meeting with a group of youth enrolled in Youth Works programs. It’s amazing, the level of insight and discussion youth people can provide when thoughtful questions are asked. Deputy Secretary Lu’s question that generated the most discussion was, “What could […]

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News and notes

Charlotte Works Staff

In the immortal words of Luther Vandross, “Ain’t no stoppin’ us now/We’re on the move!” Here’s what’s been happening (and what will be happening!) at your NCWorks Career Centers! U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu visits Charlotte Works U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu capped his Charlotte-based celebration of National Manufacturing Day with a visit […]

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News and notes

August 14, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Summer may be winding down, but we’re not! Check out our recent news! Inaugural event opens doors for youth interested in healthcare and technology Last month, nearly 40 Youth Works participants representing MeckEd’s Career Pathways Program and ResCare Workforce Services attended career exploration days at Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) central campus to learn more about healthcare and […]

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Youth pre-apprenticeship program kicks off at CATS

July 17, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Last month, community partners packed a training classroom at the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) maintenance facility to launch a pre-apprenticeship pathways program. Four students who are enrolled in Charlotte Works’ Youth Works program are participating in classroom and hands-on training that includes topics such as transit care, information technology, operations and finance. The 14-month initiative is […]

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Youth Works propels high school grad to bigger & better things

June 19, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

“All of my professional experience is because of Youth Works. It’s helped me be successful. I owe everything to the program,” says 17-year-old Christian Hukportie, who joined Charlotte Works’ Youth Works in-school youth program during his junior year of high school. Students in Youth Works explore and develop career goals through work-based learning opportunities so they […]

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The new world

Charlotte Works Staff

Over the past few years, more and more thought leaders have spent their time trying to explain the reason for the growing economic stratification that’s occurring in the U.S. and abroad. In the book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, author Thomas Piketty uses historical data to show that the high-concentration of wealth we are seeing today […]

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Are you connected?: YBC celebrates one-year anniversary

April 16, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

One year ago this month, Charlotte Works’ Youth Works program launched the Youth Business Connector (YBC) at a near-packed house press conference. The YBC is a web-based clearinghouse of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities developed through a collaboration of employers, schools and community organizations to help local employers build a future pipeline of qualified employees and our […]

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News & notes

March 13, 2015 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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Grateful and hoping to give back

February 13, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

According to the United Nations, there are more than 51 million people living as refugees, the highest number since World War II. These days, conflicts don’t so much resolve as endlessly evolve into new conflicts, and more than 10 percent of those currently displaced have been refugees for years, sometimes decades. Living in a state […]

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