Workforce 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.

Fees for HRD courses are waived if you meet one of these criteria:

  • Are unemployed;
  • Have received notification of pending layoff;
  • Are working and are eligible for federal earned income tax credit;
  • Are working and earning wages at or below two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty guidelines.

To register for HRD courses, complete the Registration/HRD Fee Waiver Verification Form. Read more about registration procedures or call more information, call 919-536-7222.

The City of Durham is offering a free Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program in partnership with Durham Tech. Applications will be accepted through January 8. Read more about the program and information sessions.

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.)

50658 F 1/29–2/5 1–4 p.m. OCSDC
50307 F 3/4–3/11 1–4 p.m. CEC 607
50694 F 4/29–5/6 1–4 p.m. OCSDC

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

50662 MW 1/25–3/2 6–9 p.m. OCSDC
50693 MW 4/11–5/18 6–9 p.m. CEC 604/609

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

Enroll anytime for one-on-one assistance!

48681 MW now–12/9 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC
48592 M
1–4 p.m.
1–4 p.m.
DCCR Briggs Ave.
50671 MW 1/25–5/9 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC
50846 M
1/25–5/9 1–4 p.m.
1–4 p.m.

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

48633 F 11/20, 12/4 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DCCR
48768 F 12/11 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. OCSDC
50698 F 1/8, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 4/8, 4/22 9 a.m.–1 p.m. OCSDC
50673 F 1/15, 2/5, 2/19, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 5/6 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DCCR

NEW! Taking Your Job Search to the Next Level: Social Media, Networking, and Interviewing

Students will be introduced to several ways that LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and an intentional online presence can assist a job seeker with personal branding, professional development, networking, and accessing the hidden job market. Designed to help the individual to deal with the challenges of job interviewing and effective networking, responses to interview questions, and projecting a positive, professional image that makes a good first impression. Activities include discussion on the different categories of interview questions, role-playing, mock interviews, and answering difficult questions. 15 hours $79.00 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

48625 TTh 9/15–9/29 6–9 p.m. CEC 609
48652 TTh 11/3–11/17 6–9 p.m. OCSDC 102

Workforce Ready Re-Entry

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

50957 Th 2/4–3/3 5:30–8:30 p.m. CEC 606
50959 Th 4/7–5/5 5:30–8:30 p.m. OCC

Skills Development and Enhancement

ACES – Assessments, Competencies, and Exam Success (Hybrid)

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

50960 TTH 1/26–5/10 5:30–8:30 p.m. CEC 609

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. Upgrade skill levels to take the WorkKeys® exam. This class is open-entry/open-exit, so you can start and attend anytime. 84 hours. $189 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

48600 MW now–12/2 9 a.m.–noon CEC 605
50280 MW 1/25–5/4 9 a.m.–noon CEC 607

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

50847 TTh 2/2–3/17 5:30–8:30 p.m. TBA
50958 Sat 1/23–4/9 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. TBA

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.

NCWorks Career Center Connecting Talent to Jobs logoFor more information contact:
Kelli McLean
Employment Solutions
919-560-6880 x243
Or visit the NCWorks section