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Hot Jobs Link
The hot jobs link provides a daily list of up-to-date job postings through NCWorks.gov for the Unifour Area (Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, & Catawba). Follow the link below to see the current listing, and register with NCWorks Online to apply.
NCWorks Online is a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information. Click the link to register with NCWorks.gov.
CVCC Manufacturing Academy
The Manufacturing Academy is a new program at Catawba Valley Community College designed to prepare students for a career in the manufacturing industry. Companies are looking for qualified job candidates who demonstrate the commitment to develop the skills necessary for a career in manufacturing.
2015 NC Career Clusters Guide
The Career Clusters Guide is a product of the NC Community College System, with support from the NC Department of Public Instruction – designed and produced by LEAD. The Guide is intended to assist all students in identifying the available career options by using individual interests, clearly defined pathways, and timely employment projections. The Guide is printable but primarily being offered via a web PDF.
Career Centers are here to serve businesses and job seekers within Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. Businesses will find resources and comprehensive information regarding employee training, recruitment and retention services to help make your workforce more efficient and better trained. Job seekers will find information related to successfully seeking, training for and acquiring a job.
Career Centers Business Services | Career Centers Job Seeker Services
Certified Work Ready Community
ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, process and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™) to measure and close the skills gap — and building common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts. Local companies use WorkKeys as a valuable partner and tool that enables them to retain, hire and promote Associates to positions that utilize their skills at a maximum level. Prospective employees earn a silver Career Readiness Certificate and above to be considered as a candidate. To find out more about Work Ready Communities or the National Career Readiness Certificate please visit www.workreadycommunities.org.
Incumbent Work Grant
The Incumbent Work Grant provides funding to established North Carolina businesses to provide educational and skills training for current workers. It is designed to benefit businesses by enhancing the skills of employees, thereby increasing employee productivity and the potential for company growth. Guidelines | Application | Learn more
- Area Wide Protection Recruitment Event. Monday, November 23rd, 2015 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Harbor Freight Tools Recruitment Event. December 1 & 2, 2015 | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Walmart Recruitment Event. November 19 – December 22 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Now Hiring – 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating
The Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board administers federal workforce funds to award training scholarships to eligible constituents to decrease skill gaps and increase their marketability with obtaining employment. Wendy Johnson, Director for Workforce Development at WPCOG received these kind words of gratitude from a customer based on his experience with our service provider, Denise Laws at the NCWorks Career Center in Catawba County. At the NCWorks Career Center, Mr. Reed received a scholarship to attend Truck Drivers school, which helped him gain the training he needed for long-term employment.
My name is Josiah Reed. Last year (2014), I was part of the WIA program, which assisted me with the financial and moral support I needed. My caseworker was Denise Laws, who helped me to secure a good-paying, steady job driving for Gaines Express. I’m writing you now to show my appreciation for both the WIA program and Denise Laws. Having the WIA assistance allowed me to receive the education and training I needed to succeed, provide for my family. This assistance has made a world of difference for us.
So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for such an excellent program and personnel. I truly hope programs like these will be available to help those of us who are struggling for a long time to come. Again, thank you.
– Josiah Reed
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The Division of Employment Security handles all unemployment claims. For questions regarding unemployment or to inquire about unemployment benefits, please visit the NCDES website. Click here for FAQs or to apply for unemployment benefits.