Workforce Development (HRD)

Human Resources Development (HRD) courses provide skills assessment, employment skills training, and career development and enhancement. The courses are offered in short sessions to equip you with the knowledge, values, and practical skills essential to applying for, keeping, and advancing in your job.

HRD courses are FREE for qualified participants. To qualify for free courses, participants must be unemployed, have been notified of a lay-off, or are underemployed (underemployed persons are defined as working part-time and/or are eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit).

Review the guidelines to see if you are eligible. To register for HRD courses, complete the Registration/HRD Fee Waiver Verification Form. Read more about registration procedures or call more information, call 919-536-7222.

If you or your family have been adversely affected by changes and the downturn in the tobacco industry over the past 20 years, you may qualify for funding towards tuition, books, and required materials for short-term training. Read more about Project SkillUp.

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Job Search Strategies and Resources

Résumé from Start to Finish

You can’t get the job if the employer doesn’t read your résumé. This hands-on course helps you create an attention-grabbing résumé that shows you to your best advantage. Learn how to write a powerful cover letter, as well as tips for submitting online applications. 12 hours. $79 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

48567 MW 10/5–10/14 6–9 p.m. OCC 104
48569 TTh 11/3–11/12 6–9 p.m. OCSDC

Job Search Plus: LinkedIn and Beyond

Are you LinkedIn? Do you tweet? Do you consider Facebook to be a verb? If these terms are foreign to you, come learn the newest ways to use social media for networking and seeking employment. Since 80 percent of today’s jobs are found on the “hidden” job market, find out how to establish an online presence to gain access to opportunities. 6 hours. $79 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

48608 F 8/21–8/28 (no class 8/28) 1–4 p.m. CEC 609
48613 F 9/18–9/25 1–4 p.m. OCSDC 102
48614 F 11/13–11/20 1–4 p.m. OCC 104

Job Search Strategies for Mature Professionals

Mature workers face particular advantages and challenges in their job searches. Job seekers “of a certain age” may face negative stereotypes, but savvy, informed employers seek candidates who offer the best skills, regardless of age. Prepare yourself to be the best candidate by adding social networking to your search. 36 hours. $129 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

48619 MW 8/31–10/12 6–9 p.m. CEC 604
48628 MW 10/19–11/25 6–9 p.m. OCC 105

Job Seeker's Résumé and Application Labs (with KeyTrain Tutorials)

Need to create a résumé or cover letter, search for jobs, or apply for employment online? Want to improve your opportunities for getting that great job, changing careers, or “recession-proofing” your job skills and résumé? Need to practice and/or refresh your skills before taking WorkKeys® assessments to earn your Career Readiness Certification? 90 hours. $184 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

Enroll anytime for one-on-one assistance!

46568 MW now until 8/12 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC
46598 M
now until 8/10
now until 8/12
1–4 p.m.
1–4 p.m.
DCCR Briggs Ave.
48681 MW 8/24–12/9 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC
48592 M
1–4 p.m.
1–4 p.m.
DCCR Briggs Ave.

Job-Seeking Skills Workshop

Need new and creative strategies for employment networking? Attend any one of these workshops to become familiar with different strategic plans of action to target your ideal job. Along with networking, learn proper interviewing techniques. 32 hours. $129 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

46398 F 7/31, 8/7 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DCCR Briggs Ave.
46671 F 7/24, 8/14 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. OCSDC
48633 F 8/21, 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DCCR Briggs Ave.
48768 F 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 12/11 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. OCSDC

NEW! Taking Your Job Search to the Next Level: Social Media, Networking, and Interviewing

Students will be introduced to several ways that LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and an intentional online presence can assist a job seeker with personal branding, professional development, networking, and accessing the hidden job market. Designed to help the individual to deal with the challenges of job interviewing and effective networking, responses to interview questions, and projecting a positive, professional image that makes a good first impression. Activities include discussion on the different categories of interview questions, role-playing, mock interviews, and answering difficult questions. 15 hours $79.00 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

48625 TTh 9/15–9/29 6–9 p.m. CEC 609
48652 TTh 11/3–11/17 6–9 p.m. OCSDC 102

Workforce Ready Re-Entry

This course provides specific work-readiness activities for students who are “justice involved.” Individuals with a criminal record, ranging from being charged to being recently released from incarceration, can experience barriers to obtaining some licenses, certifications, and, ultimately, employment. This course helps students navigate education and skills training and provides an approach to interviewing and résumé preparation customized to their needs. 16 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

48683 T 10/20–11/17
5:30–8:30 p.m.
5:30–9:30 p.m.

Skills Development and Enhancement

ACES – Assessments, Competencies, and Exam Success (Hybrid)

Stand out from other job applicants! Earn a credential that proves you possess critical workplace skills in applied math, effective communication, and information retrieval. This hybrid class provides orientation to the benefits of WorkKeys® assessment and then gives online access to tutorial modules that prepare you for exam success. The assessment modules can be completed in our on-campus lab or wherever you have computer access. 90 hours. $189 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

48639 MW 8/24–12/9 5:30–8:30 p.m. CEC 609

Go for the Gold! Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) and TA Proficiency Certification Test Preparation

Prove to employers that you possess the critical workplace skills in reading, applied math, and locating information. Upgrade skill levels to take the WorkKeys® exam. This class is open-entry/open-exit, so you can start and attend anytime. 84 hours. $189 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

46528 MW now through 8/5 9 a.m.–noon CEC 604
48600 MW 8/24–12/2 9 a.m.–noon CEC 605

NCWorks Career Center Powered by Durham Job-Driven Initiative

  • Short-term, on-the-job training or classroom training at no cost.
  • Job search, résumé, and interview preparation.
  • Recruitment event for graduates and employers upon successful course completion.
  • Job placement assistance in manufacturing, life sciences, or customer service sectors.

NCWorks Career Center Connecting Talent to Jobs logoFor more information contact:
Kelli McLean
Employment Solutions
919-560-6880 x243
Or visit the NCWorks section