Education gaps and their impact on Charlotte’s workforce

February 9, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Education plays a powerful role in economic mobility. Studies show that a child’s zip code is more likely to determine his or her future success than other factors like cognitive ability. Local education initiatives have become a robust talking point for Charlotte leaders working to improve economic mobility. The Leading on Opportunity Task Force report […]

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Housing affordability and workforce in Charlotte

February 1, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Charlotte Works’ Community Poverty Indicators map shares data about poverty across Mecklenburg County based on zip codes. We’re highlighting each of the indicators to show the workforce implications. Housing affordability refers to areas where housing is affordable and/or unaffordable in Mecklenburg County. Affordability is determined by whether the median monthly income is higher than the […]

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Charlotte Works partners with Strayer University and Joe Gibbs for performance management program

January 30, 2018 Shameika Rhymes

Charlotte Works closes the gap between what employers want and the skills workers have. That also means ensuring career-seekers receive the education and training needed to meet job requirements. Partnerships play a key role in making that happen. We recently announced a partnership with Strayer University and four-time NASCAR, three-time Super Bowl champion head coach […]

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Student finds career pathway and life support thanks to Charlotte Works’ NextGen program

January 29, 2018 Shameika Rhymes

As a student at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and a participant in Charlotte Works’ NextGen program at CPCC, Tanisha Harris has discovered her career path despite life’s challenges knocking her down. Harris dropped out of school in seventh grade and started down a path of destruction that included drug use and time spent in […]

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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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What jobs are at risk of automation in Charlotte?

January 18, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Automation is a hot topic as robots and technology evolve to fulfill everyday tasks. Society frequently associates automation with manufacturing-related jobs, and rightly so. Most assembly line positions have been replaced by machines that place products and parts on a conveyor belt to move across a factory. Though this is the most common example of […]

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Who is and who isn’t in Charlotte’s labor force

January 16, 2018 Alyssa Brown

The infographic below will help you understand the components of Mecklenburg County’s labor force, which has an approximately 72 percent participation rate. It shows 100 people, with each person representing approximately 8,350 people, or one percent of the County’s civilian population aged 16 and over. Sources: NC Department of Commerce, American Community Survey, 2012-2016 Estimates

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Careers4All: College or No College Philosophies are Dream Killers

December 15, 2017 Dr. Patrick C. Graham

In The Know: Updates from the President’s Desk Vol. 1, Issue 10 Skilled labor shortages and increased demand for talent are growing; resulting in a struggle for leadership within our workforce and educational development systems to identify innovative ways to meet industry demands. At the same time, growing gaps in wealth between social classes and […]

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Workforce leader invests $4.2 million to address economic segregation

November 13, 2017 Charlotte Works Staff

  Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte Works announces #Careers4All community campaign that lays out strategies targeting those left out of Charlotte’s major economic development and infrastructure projects. Focusing on unemployed and under-employed residents, Charlotte Works will invest $4.2 million in workforce development during the 2017 program year and expand availability of training scholarships to moderate-income families […]

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Charlotte Works and partners host job fair with nearly 500 positions

November 9, 2017 Shameika Rhymes

Charlotte Works’ career centers, in partnership with N.C. Department of Commerce’s Veterans Services, hosted the biannual Veterans, Family and Friends job fair on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s Opportunity Campus. About 265 job-seekers attended the three-hour event that featured a special hour exclusively for veterans and family before opening to […]

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