14 Nov News and notes
Lots of great things have been happening – and are coming up! – at your three NCWorks Career Centers:
Charlotte Works in the news
We’ve “fallen” into some great media coverage in the last month:
WCNC-TV interviewed Shemia Williams, career coach, and client Veressa Hendrix for “Now is the best time of year to find work,” a story focused on seasonal employment that aired on Oct. 10.
The Events page on our website was included in the sidebar to “What employers are looking for when they go to job fairs,” an Oct. 26 story in The Charlotte Observer’s print edition about preparing job-seekers for job fairs.
Japanese public television network NHK sent a crew to our Morehead Street location to talk with Talent Engagement Director Jaslyn Roberts and clients Charles Sanderlin and Cheryl Armstead for a story about the mid-term elections; it aired in that country on Nov. 3.
New late-night Wednesday hours are in effect
Just a quick reminder that our Morehead Street location has updated the Wednesday evening late-night schedule to the second and third Wednesdays of each month. Orientation will continue to be held at 5:45 p.m. and the Resource Center will be open and fully staffed until 8 p.m. on those nights.
We’ll be open this Wednesday, Nov. 16; our next late night will be Dec. 10.
We’re debuting a new format to share the highlights of Program Year 2013 – 2014! Check out the colorful and easy-to-read publication on our website.
If you’d like to receive a printed version, contact us with your mailing address and we’ll get it right to you!
Charlotte Works’ staff wishes you and your family the happiest of Thanksgivings! We’re grateful that you have entrusted us to help with your job-search and look forward to celebrating your success with you!
As a reminder, all three NCWorks Career Centers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in celebration of the holiday. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, Dec. 1.
Welcome to the team!
We’re pleased to welcome the following members to our team:
- Joanne Bellamy joins us as a WIA (Workforce Investment Act) intake specialist. With more than four years workforce development experience, she most recently served as an employment consultant at the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS). She earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.
- Mark Greer will put his six years of career-development, case-management and career-planning experience to great use as a WIA training coordinator. He comes to us from ResCare Workforce Development where he served as a talent development consultant. Prior to that, he was a job coach/employment specialist with RHA Howell Center and Gaston Skills. Mark earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C.
- Mike Imbruglia, resource assistant (DWS Charlotte South, Forest Point Boulevard), is a former Charlotte Works volunteer (he served in the Resource Center the Morehead Street location). He’s worked in roles in a variety of industries for companies including FDIC, Publix and Microsoft. Imbruglia earned an associate’s degree in business administration from Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, N.Y., and holds a Health Information Technology Support Certificate from Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).
- Pamela Jackson-Huffin, WIA training coordinator, comes to us from ResCare Workforce Development where she served as WIA talent development coordinator. Prior to that, she was an employment consultant with the N.C. Department of Employment Security and as an employment specialist at Gaston Skills. Jackson-Huffin earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology/psychology from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Narissa Knight joins us as a resource assistant (DWS Charlotte Main, Executive Center Drive) with more than five years of nonprofit work, most recently an employment specialist and job coach with Primary Care Solutions. She’s worked in organizations to provide guidance, training and case management to individuals with significant barriers to employment. Knight is pursuing a degree in social science from CPCC.
- James Merrick, program coordinator, will be responsible for overseeing programs and special projects initiated by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Partners, including the new “Working Smart” soft-skills training program. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Merrick is currently enrolled in the master of public administration, nonprofit management program at UNC Charlotte.
- Tasha Williamson, WIA Training Coordinator, brings more than four years of career development, case management and career planning experience. She most recently served as a career Placement/community relations coordinator at Brookstone College of Business; previously, she was a WIA case manager at the North Tryon Street JobLink. Williamson earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications with a concentration in public relations from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C.