City of Charlotte Investing More Than $1 Million in Workforce Development Program

Katie Hedrick
katie.hedrick@charlottenc.gov
11/10/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2016

Contact: Katie Hedrick, Communications Manager, Neighborhood & Business Services
704-516-7220
katie.hedrick@charlottenc.gov

 

CITY OF CHARLOTTE INVESTING MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 

Charlotte, NC — The City of Charlotte's Neighborhood & Business Services Department is investing more than $1 million in a Workforce Development Program in partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont and the Urban League of Central Carolinas. The intent of the program is to address labor market shortages and increase employment opportunities among individuals with barriers to employment.

This innovative program will offer career-related training in residential and commercial construction, highway-related construction, fiber optics and broadband training. Program participants will have access to state-of-the-art Career Centers and other supportive services throughout the program which includes mentoring and coaching. Program objectives are for individuals to complete training and be placed into training-related career paths including full-time employment, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships. Participants will also be exposed to intensive case management. A unique aspect of the program is the inclusion of corporate advisory councils for each training area that will advise on curriculum, build rapport with participants and be potential employers.

Neighborhood & Business Services focuses on creating vibrant, diverse neighborhoods as well as a robust business climate through the delivery of four major service areas: community engagement, code enforcement, economic development and housing services.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has been helping individuals and families in Charlotte overcome barriers to employment, including lack of skills, experience or education and criminal backgrounds pave pathways out of poverty through job training and job placement.

The Urban League of Central Carolinas has been a leader in social and economic mobility for the poorest citizens of Mecklenburg County. The mission of the agency is to empower the community to attain financial stability and social justice in a global economy through education, training and placement.

For detailed information on this program, please contact Veronica Williams-Mosley at vmosley@charlottenc.gov and at 704-336-2427 or visit the Workface Development webpage.

 

The City of Charlotte provides services to more than 700,000 residents.

The City's focus areas are Housing and Neighborhood Development, Community Safety, Transportation, Economic Development and the Environment.

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