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Danville Register Bee | Career center holds open house
Angela Webb, director of the Human Resources Development and Workforce Investment Act program at PCC, oversees the JobLink Career Center at the college.She said the North Carolina Department of Commerce has established a system of JobLink career centers statewide.
All classes and services offered through JobLink are free to unemployed North Carolina residents, Webb
Danville Register Bee - PCC program to help jobless
"We're trying to do something to pick people up," said Angela Webb, employment and training coordinator at PCC.
A kick-off event for the program is set for 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Caswell County Recreation Center
, 228 County Park Road.
"It will be like a support group where they can talk to others that have been laid off," Webb
said."We're hoping to get them through (this) time."
According to Webb
, if people have been filling out applications for three to six months, and getting turned down, they can develop a defeatist attitude.
"When you come across as having a defeatist attitude, that doesn't go over well," Webb
said."We're trying to prevent that from happpening." Webb
said a limited number of training dollars are available to help those who would benefit from additional training.
The program will run at least through June, but Webb
expects it to continue longer due to the level of unemployment in the area.
"We can't get them all jobs, (but we) hope we can help them stay in a positive frame of mind until they can find a job," Webb
The program was made possible by a $60,000 federal grant through the Kerr-Tarr Regional Council of Governments
A kickoff event will also be held at the Person County Campus in Roxboro on Feb. 11 from 1-3 p.m. For more information about the program contact Angela Webb at (336) 599-1181, Ext. 239 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Emily Cropp at email@example.com or at (434) 793-2311, Ext. 3119.
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Angela Webb, PCC's Human Resource Development director, said the partnership with DSS and ESC was a way for the college to "increase the number of people we are serving."
Once CareerStart participants complete that course, they may go on to take other courses offered by the college.And as long as they remain unemployed but are seeking work, those participants my take HRD courses free of charge. Webb said the Employment Security Commission here had operated a program since 1987 that helped the unemployed brush up on their job hunting skills, but since the unemployment rate in the county skyrocketed a few years ago and has remained high, ESC depleted its worker training trust funds.
These are the funds paid in by employers as unemployment insurance.When the funds were used up, PCC
was able to step in and help with its community college state dollars.
So far, PCC
, Social Services and ESC
have partnered to offer three CareerStart classes here, with an average of 10 people per class.To date, a total of 28 have been served.For the next class, which begins May 10, Webb
said that she
had received more than 40 referrals from DSS
.Since March, said Webb
has received 10 to 15 referrals per week from DSS
Angela Webb Piedmont Community College P.O. Box 1197 Roxboro NC 27573 (336) 599-1181 Ext. 240 Fax: (336) 599-7397
KerrTar Regional Council Of Governments
Human Resource Director
Piedmont Community College
PO Box 1197
Roxboro , NC 27573