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Workforce Development Board Honors Clients, Employers and Partners

Nov 30, 2018

The Cumberland County Workforce Development Board presented awards to program participants and partners during its 4th annual Recognition Banquet Nov. 27 at Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

 

Workforce Development offers programs for youth, adults and dislocated workers at the Cumberland County NCWorks Career Center with the goal of increasing employment and training opportunities for the County’s citizens as well as enhancing their productivity and competitiveness in the workplace.

 

Award categories and recipients are:

 

Outstanding Young Adults – Mona Chisholm, Erica Jackson, Sara Salisbury and Drew Daniels

Outstanding Adults – Kerbeline Carter, Chanel Learson, Joseph Quiles, Tashana Scott and Tina Ugoagha

Outstanding Employers – Barton Malow Company, CVS Health, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Hoodz of Greater Fayetteville and The Staffing Alliance

Outstanding Partnerships – NextGen Sector Healthcare Partnership and Pathways for Prosperity

Outstanding Workforce Professionals – Dwight Butler and Robin Cousins

Outstanding Workforce Board Member – Rodney Anderson

 

Mona Chisholm enrolled in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)Youth Program in December 2017 after successfully completing the 5-day LEGACY Training. During her final presentation, Chisholm illustrated how she wanted to successfully gain experience and certification in the healthcare field to better market herself. Chisholm attended numerous leadership development and career center workshops and completed both Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) I and II. She is currently employed at Cape Fear Pediatrics and will soon be taking her RMS certification exam.

 

Erica Jackson was born with cerebral palsy but did not let her disability stop her from achieving her goal of becoming a social worker. Impressed by the compassion and professionalism of Cumberland County Department of Social Services employees through family interactions with the agency, Jackson set a goal to one day work for Cumberland County DSS. After earning undergraduate and master’s degrees, Jackson enrolled at NCWorks for employment assistance in the Young Adult Program. Jackson was hired as an income maintenance caseworker at Cumberland County DSS last year and recently celebrated her one-year anniversary at DSS.

 

Sara Salisbury moved to Cumberland County with her military husband, but realized she was unhappy in her internship as a medical assistant. Salisbury went to the NCWorks Career Center for workshops and resume assistance and enrolled in the Young Adult Program. Salisbury chose welding, which she enjoyed in high school, as her new career path. The Career Center provided an opportunity for Salisbury to go to school and earn multiple certifications. Salisbury recently won first place in the Welding Sculpture Category at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Greensboro.

 

Drew Daniels enrolled in the WIOA program in 2017 after being unemployed for eight months. Through the National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) Program, Daniels was placed in a work experience position with Action Pathways at the Second Harvest Food Bank as a warehouse associate. Daniels’ leadership skills and dedication led to a full-time position as a warehouse supervisor. Daniels is also the interim operations manager.

 

Kerbeline Carter was a non-traditional student who achieved her goal of becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. She had phlebotomist and nursing assistant certifications when she enrolled at Robeson Community College. Carter earned her degree and passed the Nursing State Boards to become an LPN. Carter is currently employed full-time at Southeastern Women’s Clinic and part-time at Hoke County Hospital.

 

Chanel Learson, who had a paralegal degree, had been seeking employment for five months when she enrolled in the WIOA program in 2017. Through the NDWG Program, Learson was placed in a work experience position at Cumberland County DSS, where she worked as an office assistant providing support for Hurricane Matthew victims. Learson is now a full-time income maintenance technician at DSS and is working toward a degree in social work.

 

Joseph Quiles was forced to leave Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Quiles found his way to the NCWorks Career Center, where he sought help resuming his truck driving career. Quiles completed the Commercial Driver License Program and found a job with Werner Trucking. Quiles’ hard work and determination made it possible for him to move his family from Puerto Rico to Florida.

 

Tashana Scott lost her job unexpectedly last year and entered the Transitional Employment Training program to gain employment experience. A single mother who served 10 years in the U.S. Navy, Scott completed the work experience program and was hired full-time by ARUSS Electrical Contractors Inc. Scott is now an office manager, responsible for overall activities including reception, large purchasing requests, facilities and mail distribution.  

 

Tina Ugoagha was employed as a nursing assistant, but several hardships prevented her from completing her education to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Ugoagha got help at NCWorks Career Center and then began the LPN program at Robeson Community College, where she maintained a 3.0 GPA. She passed her board exam and his now a full-time LPN at Cape Fear Valley Hospital.

 

Barton Malow Company, the lead construction contractor for the Fayetteville Baseball Stadium and Entertainment Venue project, partnered with the NCWorks Career Center, Fayetteville Technical Community College and the City of Fayetteville to develop of 31 full-time jobs. The project involved nine local subcontractors with the candidates receiving training at FTCC and hands-on experience. The Career Center was instrumental in the funding of the training and work experience and finding candidates. To date, 10 participants have been offered long-term employment with local subcontractors.

 

CVS Health has been an instrumental partner in placing Career Center Young Adult clients in CVS retail store associate and pharmacy technician positions. CVS Health supported the young adults, many of whom faced significant housing, transportation and education barriers.

 

Fayetteville Urban Ministry has demonstrated its continued commitment to Workforce Development by working with people dislocated by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence and providing work experience for young adults. Fayetteville Urban Ministry has worked closely with the Career Center through the NDWG and Work Experience Programs to provide work experience opportunities for displaced workers, veterans, people receiving public assistance, older and younger workers.

 

HOODZ of Greater Fayetteville provides cleaning services for commercial ovens, kitchen hoods and restaurant kitchen floors. Owner Phillip Raines set up a partnership with the Career Center’s Work Experience program in 2017. Hoodz works with people from all situations and vocations and Raines has received accolades from participants about his sharing of knowledge and tutelage with participants.

 

The Staffing Alliance visits the Career Center several times a week to provide a seamless transition from the interview to hiring process for clients. The Staffing Alliance provides employment opportunities for young adults, displaced workers, people with disabilities, people on public assistance, veterans, older workers, former offenders and educationally disadvantaged people.

 

NextGen Sector Healthcare Partnership is a collaboration of more than a dozen organizations including Cumberland County, City of Fayetteville, Cape Fear Valley Health and Womack Army Medical Center to identify priorities to help the healthcare industry capitalize on opportunities and develop next steps. The Workforce Development Board sponsored a launch meeting for the healthcare industry in June and a meeting was hosted by Fayetteville-Cumberland Economic Development Corporation in October.

 

Pathways for Prosperity was established to address poverty and build a stronger economy. The goal is to create community conversation and action to address economic mobility and drive change in economic outcomes for Fayetteville and Cumberland County residents. More than 250 people attended the Pathways for Prosperity Summit in November 2017.

 

Dwight Butler is a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist for the Division of Workforce Solutions Veterans Department at the Career Center. Butler works with veterans that have significant barriers to employment which range from long-term unemployment, medical problems, PTSD and end-of-term separation. Butler serves as a liaison for the Wounded Warrior Program for the military installations and the Career Center.

 

Robin Cousins served as a career advisor at the Career Center and was responsible for orientations, providing information on available services, completing assessments, identifying barriers to goals and enrolling transitioning military personnel into transition tech courses at FTCC. Cousins was known for always going the extra mile for her customers and co-workers. She has since taken a job in another state.

 

Rodney Anderson is the co-chair of the Workforce Development Board and is a constant presence at the Career Center. Anderson advocates on the Career Center’s behalf as it pertains to the NextGen Sector Healthcare Partnership or partnering with FCEDC. Anderson served 33 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a major general. Anderson is a former president and CEO of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber and is president and CEO of LDR Consulting LLC.

 

In addition to the award recipients, Lamonty Bullock was recognized on being named the Outstanding Young Adult at the 2018 Governor’s NC Works Awards of Distinction ceremony held Oct. 11. Bullock is a career center client who overcome many challenges including aging out of the foster care system in Cumberland County, toward his goal of becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.

 

The Cumberland County NCWorks Career is located at 414 Ray Ave., Fayetteville. For more information about the career center, go to co.cumberland.nc.us/career-center. The Workforce Development Board is appointed and governed by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.