Workforce Development Resources


This list of workforce development resources, compiled by the Chamber Education & Workforce Development Committee, is designed to include free resources available to most employers/employees. Available resources are divided in three categories: Training (tools for developing employee skills), Employer Resources (non-training tools to assist employers), and Employee Assistance (non-training tools to help employees). The list is reviewed and updated annually. Suggestions for additions or changes should be directed to the Chair of the Education and Workforce Development Committee. Click below for a full PDF of all resources.

 

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Training

Customized Industry Training:
 

CCCC Industry Services

  • Training is available for little or no cost through state funding.
  • Available to manufacturing organizations.

Cathy Swindell
cswindell@cccc.edu
919-777-7212

 



On the Job Training:

 

Triangle South Workforce Development Board /
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

  • If an employee has a skills gap, employers potentially can be reimbursed up to 75% of employee’s salary for up to 6 months by WIOA funds.
  • Available to employers seeking OTJ training for employees with skills gaps.

Mike Peluso
mpeluso@cccc.edu
919-777-7725

 

NC Vocational Rehabilitation

  • If an employee has a skills gap, employers potentially can be reimbursed up to 75% of employee’s salary for up to 6 months by WIOA funds.
  • Available to employers seeking OTJ training for employees with skills gaps.

Deanna Jones
deanna.jones@dhhs.nc.gov
919-775-2247


 

 Work Experience:

 

Triangle South Workforce Development Board /
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

  • Employers can gain temporary trainees for 3-4 months at no cost in exchange for providing work experience.
  • Available to employers  seeking to provide work experience opportunities to non-employees.

Mike Peluso
mpeluso@cccc.edu
919-777-7725

 

NC Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Employers can gain temporary trainees for up to 18 weeks, up to 28 hours per week at no cost to employer and no obligation to offer employment at end of training period. VR takes responsibility for onboarding, payroll, & workers comp policy for each work experience participant.
  • Available to employers seeking to provide work experience opportunities to non-employees.

Deanna Jones
deanna.jones@dhhs.nc.gov
919-775-2247



Diversity Awareness Training:

 

NC Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Customized free training to enhance awareness of cultural diversity and awareness of attitudes/biases toward people with disabilities.
  • Available to employers seeking to provide work experience opportunities to non-employees.

Deanna Jones
deanna.jones@dhhs.nc.gov
919-775-2247


 

Spanish and English Language Classes:

 

El Refugio

  • No cost language classes in English or Spanish.  Offered in 10-week sessions of evening classes. Childcare provided.
  • Available to anyone.

Oscar Hernandez
refugiorefuge@gmail.com
919-352-9709


 

Small Business Skills Training:

 

Lee County Small Business Center

  • Free seminars on skills related to starting/running a small business. Includes business plans, marketing, financing, sales, social media, bookkeeping, and other topics.
  • Available to anyone.

Terri Brown
tbrow513@cccc.edu
919-718-7558


 

Apprenticeships:

 

ApprenticeshipNC

  • Improve employee skills, recruiting and retentions through a registered apprenticeship program.
  • Available to employers.

Kathryn Castelloes
apprenticeshipnc@nccommunitycolleges.edu
919-807-7175


 

Adult Apprenticeships Consortium:

 

Central Carolina Community College

  • Employers looking to participate in a local apprenticeship consortium.
  • Available to employers in Lee, Chatham, Harnett who are interested in developing Adult Apprenticeship Programs.

Drew Goodson
dgoodson@cccc.edu
919-718-7445


 

Youth Internships:

 

Lee County Schools

  • Employers interested in building a potential employee pipeline by providing paid internships to youth.
  • Available to employers interested in hosting an intern.

Gary Hart
ghart@lee.k12.nc.us
919-774-6226


 

Free Online Training Courses:

 

NC Works

  • A variety of free online training resources related to workplace skills, certifications, business, technology, writing and other skills.
  • Available to anyone.

For more information: http://bit.ly/2FJupwp


Employer Resources
 

Human Resource Business Services:
 

NC Works Career Center

  • Labor market information, assistance with job postings, job fairs, pre-screening of applicants, assistance completing Work Opportunity Tax Credit paperwork.
  • Available to employers.

ncworks.7900@nccommerce.com
919-775-2241


Disaster Benefits: 
 

NC Works Career Center

  • Access to WIOA workers to assist in getting worksites open after disasters.
  • Available to employers.

ncworks.7900@nccommerce.com
919-775-2241


Advisory Boards:
 

CCCC / Lee County Schools

  • Opportunity to sit on advisory boards to provide industry specific direction to local education programs.
  • Available to employers.

CCCC:
Arts & Sciences:
Scott Byington
sbyington@cccc.edu
919-718-7425

Health Science & Human Services
Lisa Baker Godfrey
lgodfrey@cccc.edu
919-777-7784

Career & Technical Education
Drew Goodson
dgoodson@cccc.edu
919-718-7445

 

LCS: Sharon Spence
sspence@lee.k12.nc.us
919-774-6226 x 7219



Small Business Skills Training:

 

ACT Job Profiling

  • Template job profiles that can be used for job descriptions, postings, pre-employment testing, etc.
  • Available to employers.

Existing Profile Search - bit.ly/2FAQ4dT



 Employee Assistance
 

Crisis Support:
 

Lee County United Way / 211

  • Information on human service needs (food, shelter, etc.) as well as disaster relief information.
  • Available to anyone.

Call 211 for Emergency Assistance
info@leecountyunitedway.org
919-776-5823


 

Childcare Information:

 

Coalition for Families - Child Care Resource & Referral

  • Free referral service with information about local childcare options.

  • Available to anyone.

Online Search - bit.ly/2FUVXSI
1-855-231-8717
191-774-8144


 

Child Care Support:

 

Lee County Partnership for Children

  • NC Pre-K: No cost pre-K program for qualifying families. SmartStart Child Care Subsidy: Child care cost assistance for qualifying families
  • Available to qualifying families.

NC Pre-K: bit.ly/2pewzwT
Child Care Subsidy: bit.ly/2ImTbnH
919-774-9496


 

Transportation to Work:

 

Sanford Job Express

  • Rides to work for those in need. Free, donations encouraged.
  • Available to anyone.

Bill Cline
sanfordjobexpress@gmail.com
919-478-4178


 

Assistive Technology:

 

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program

  • Assistance finding assistive/adaptive technology needed for employment.
  • Available to qualifying individuals.

Additional Resources - bit.ly/2peCK3Q
919-855-3500


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