classroom photoWorkforce 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 Continuing Education Registration Form and the HRD Tuition and Fee Waiver Request/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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NEW! 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. Registration required. 12 hours. $79 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

43088 MW 9/8–9/17 6–9 p.m. CEC 607
43094 TTh 10/7–10/16 6–9 p.m. OCC 102
43095 TTh 11/4–11/13 6–9 p.m. CEC 609
43097 MW 12/1–12/10 6–9 p.m. OCC


NEW! The New Line on Production: Careers in Manufacturing

Manufacturing is hiring! Explore the career pathways and discover which credentials are the most valued in this growing industry. From planning to managing to processing materials into products, find out which part of the process interests you most and learn about all the opportunities available. This course is a Web-supported class. 27 hours. $125 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

43147 MW 9/29–10/29 6–9 p.m. CEC


Job Search Strategies and Resources

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.)

43073 F 9/5–9/12 2–5 p.m. OCSDC 102
43077 F 10/17–10/24 2–5 p.m. CEC 607
43081 F 11/14–11/21 2–5 p.m. OCSDC 102


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! 42 hours. $129 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

43057 TTh 9/2–10/16 6–9 p.m. CEC 605
43062  TTh 10/21–12/9 6–9 p.m. OCC 104


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? 84 hours $184 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

Enroll anytime for one-on-one assistance!

43234 MW 8/25–12/3 1–4 p.m. DCCR Briggs Ave.
43235 MW 8/25–12/3 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC


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. 4 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

43041 F 8/22, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10 10/24, 11/14, 12/12 8:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. OSDC 102
43233 F 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DCCR, Briggs Ave.


New! Workforce Ready Re-Entry

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

43083 T 9/2–9/30 5:30–8:30 p.m. OCSDC
43085 Th 10/2–10/30 5:30–8:30 p.m. CEC 606
43082 T 10/28–11/25 5:30–8:30 p.m. OCC 211


Skills Development and Enhancement

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. Prepare to “Go for the Gold” and upgrade skill levels to take the WorkKeys® exam. This class is open-entry/open-exit, so you can start and attend anytime! $179 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

43047 M W 8/25–12/10 9 a.m.–noon CEC 605


New! ACES – Assessments, Competencies, and Exam Success

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. Hybrid course. 90 hours. $189 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

43155 TTh through 12/10 5:30–8:30 p.m. OCSDC


Tech Awareness for the Workplace

This course is designed to teach you how to promote yourself in a tough job market using today’s technology. Learn how to use the computer to locate job openings, create a résumé and cover letter, complete online applications, use social media for effective networking, and build an electronic employment portfolio. 54 hours. $180 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

43054 TTh 9/9–11/6 6–9 p.m. OCSDC 102
43182 TTh 9/23–11/20 6–9 p.m. CEC 607


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