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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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. 15 hours. $79 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

43748 MW 4/13–4/27 3:30–6:30 p.m. OCSDC 102


Job Search Plus: LinkedIn and Beyond

Are you familiar with LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook? 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.)

43745 F 4/24–5/1 2–5 p.m. CEC 607


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.)

45443 TTh 3/24–5/7 6–9 p.m. CEC 605


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

Enroll anytime for one-on-one assistance!
45470 MW now–5/6 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC
45474 MW now–5/6 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. 4 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

45469 F 1/9-5/8 8:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. OSDC
45471 F 1/16-5/8 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DCCR, Briggs Ave.


Networking and Interviewing

Need new and creative strategies for employment networking? Along with networking, learn proper interviewing techniques. 12 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

45438 TTh 3/3–3/12 6– 9 p.m. OCC


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.)

45441 T 3/24–4/14
5:30–8:30 p.m.
5:30–9:30 p.m.


Skills Development and Enhancement

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. 81 hours. $189 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

45473 MW now–4/29 5:30–8:30 p.m. CEC 607


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! 90 hours. $179 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

45442 MW now–5/6 9 a.m.–noon CEC 605


For Durham County Residents Only

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training

The Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program, created in partnership with the City of Durham and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), supports Durham’s ongoing efforts to engage the community in the redevelopment and revitalization strategies for the Northeast Central Durham and targeted neighborhoods. Upon completing this comprehensive program, participants will have the skills, knowledge, and certifications necessary to compete for employment in local and regional green job markets. For more information about the training and how to apply, contact Jason Wimmer, City of Durham, 919-560-4965 x15218. 204 hours. FREE for Durham County residents.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a valid NC driver’s license or state ID.
  • Be able and willing to lift 25 pounds and perform tasks requiring physical labor
  • Be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (or be enrolled in the GED or Adult High School Diploma program).

This program offers the following courses:

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • 40-Hour HAZWOPER
  • Asbestos Worker Abatement
  • Lead Worker Abatement
  • Soil Water Management
  • Field Testing and Equipment
  • 10-Hour OSHA General Industry
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Confined Space Training
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Technological Orientation and Awareness
  • Field Observation
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Human Resource Development and Job Readiness

Upon completion of the program, students receive the following certifications:

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • 40-Hour HAZWOPER
  • Asbestos Worker Certification
  • Lead Worker Certification
  • 10-Hour OSHA General Industry
  • First Aid and CPR
MTWThF 2/2–4/27 12:30–4:30 p.m. CEC 603

NCWorks Career Center Connecting Talent to Jobs logo

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.

For more information contact:
Kelli McLean
Employment Solutions
919-560-6880 x243
Or visit the NCWorks section


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