With unemployment rates in double digits, just about everyone knows at least one person who has lost a job.
With that in mind, many colleges and universities are offering special programs to get people back to work. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, for one, has started a new schedule of JobsNOW certificate programs.
"While Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers ... similar training programs on an ongoing basis, the JobsNOW program is unique, in that participants will receive Career Readiness Certification in addition to the job skills training ... ," said Ann Morris, RCCC's JobsNOW project director and dean of corporate education.
The certification is "a national program that helps job applicants show proof of their basic skills to employers," Morris said. "Skills such as résumé writing and interview techniques are incorporated into the training programs, which can all be completed in six months or less."
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The fall session recently ended, and a ceremony for its 59 graduates will be Wednesday at the North Carolina Research Campus.
These certificate programs are being offered this spring:
Business Networking Technology: Cisco 1 & 2 - Classes begin in March.
Nurse Aide - classes begin in April.
Small Business Office Management - classes begin in May.
Anyone interested in enrolling must first attend a free workshop. It will be offered at 9 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the college's R3 Career Center, 200 West Ave., Kannapolis.
Funded by federal stimulus dollars through the N.C. Department of Commerce, JobsNOW is an initiative requested by Gov. Bev Perdue and developed by N.C. community colleges. The goal is to quickly train workers to re-enter the job market in fields that are in demand locally and statewide. Normal RCCC tuition rates apply. Some JobsNOW money, however, is available for unemployed people through local Workforce Development boards.
Morris has this advice for those who are struggling:
"Begin now. Take the first step by contacting the R3 Career Center to speak to a counselor about the JobsNOW programs and which one may be the best fit."
For information about RCCC's JobsNOW programs or to register for a JobsNOW workshop, call the R3 Center, 704-216-7201.
More info: www.rowancabarrus.edu/jobsNOW.