Workforce Development (HRD)

Workforce 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:

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.


Dress for Success

The Going Places Network

In partnership with Dress for Success, this 10-week workshop series is offered to women in search of employment. Students will develop a personal brand, customize résumés, build a professional network and get job leads from local companies. Career suiting is available to women who register for this course. 30-40 hours. $130

65522 Th 1/24–3/28 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. DSGR
65523 Th 1/24–3/28 9 a.m.–noon HDSS


Job Search Strategies and Resources

Finding the Job You Want

This course provides employability skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework must address each of the six core HRD components: 1) assessment of an individual's assets and limitations, 2) development of a positive self-concept, 3) development of employability skills, 4) development of communication skills, 5) development of problem-solving skills, and 6) awareness of the impact of information technology in the workplace. 45 hours. $135 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

65096 F 1/20–5/10 9 a.m.–noon CEC 6-105

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. $135 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

65534 MW 1/28–3/6 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? 90 hours. $185 (Free for qualified participants; see above.) Enroll anytime for one-on-one assistance!

64276 F now–12/14 9 a.m.–noon CEC 6-105
64277 MW now–12/18 1–4 p.m. OCSDC 102
64278 MW now–12/12 1–4 p.m. DCCR
65436 MW 1/28–5/8 1–4 p.m. DCCR
65526 MW 1/28–5/8 1–4 p.m. DCCR
65438 TTh 1/29–5/9 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC 102

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. 24 hours. $75 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

65524 MF 1/25–5/10 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. OCSDC 102
65097 F 2/1–5/10 9 a.m.–Noon CEC 6-105


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. Upgrade skill levels to take the WorkKeys® exam. This class is open-entry/open-exit, so you can start and attend anytime. 24 hours. $750 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

65095 W 1/23–5/8 1–4 p.m. CEC 112


NC Works Training Labs

NC Works Training for Careers Lab

This lab is based on meeting the "just in time" needs of the community and partners to provide a rotating schedule of employability skills topics across the two counties. Labs consist of one hour of instruction, videos, presentations, or guest speakers on a particular topic, then two hours of applying that topic to the job search. The last two hours may include one-on-one assistance, role playing, or group activities. 3 hours. $185 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)

65505 MWF 1/14–5/10 9 a.m.–Noon HDSS