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College offers workshops, clinics

KANNAPOLIS — The R3 Center is offering numerous career development workshops and resume clinics for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. All of the programs are provided free of charge.
Located at 200 West Ave., the R3 Center is a career development center established by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to assist displaced workers, those who are unemployed or under-employed.
The center’s mission is built on three Rs: a refocus on individual skills and interests, retraining and further education, and partnering with other workforce development agencies to secure career-oriented re-employment.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has also been awarded a $301,539 grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce in support of the N.C. Back-to-Work initiative. The program will focus on providing job training and retraining to long-term unemployed citizens of North Carolina.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will leverage the N.C. Back-to-Work grant to provide short-term training leading to stackable credentials and certifications including career readiness and third-party technical certifications. Participants will also work with career coaches to determine a realistic career plan for entry-level employment.
The center’s schedule of workshops includes the following sessions. Due to the popularity of its free sessions, the R3 Center encourages clients to call in advance to reserve a place. The number is 704-216-7201.
New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for persons who have never attended an R3 Center workshop or taken advantage of its other services. New Client Launches will be offered on Mondays, Jan. 10, 14 and 28 at 9 a.m.; on Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 and 29 at 6 p.m.; on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m.; on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.; and Friday, Jan. 4.
The calendar also includes the following workshops:
• Identifying Your Career Options — 9 a.m. on Jan. 11; 11 a.m. on Jan. 17 and 25;
• Interview Techniques — 9 a.m. on Jan. 18; and 6 p.m. on Jan. 14;
• Networking Methods —11 a.m. on Jan. 14 and 31;
• Stand Out from the Competition — 9 a.m. on Jan. 16; and 2 p.m. on Jan. 29;
• Looking for Work at 50+ — 9 a.m. on Jan. 17; and 6 p.m. on Jan. 28;
• Looking for Work with a Criminal Record — 11 a.m. Jan. 16;
• Letter Writing for the Job Seeker — 11 a.m. on Jan. 3;
• Online Job Hunting — 9 a.m. on Dec. 13; and 11 a.m. on Jan. 15; and 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 30.
The R3 Center also will offer multiple resume clinics to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from start to finish. Call to reserve a seat. The resume clinics are scheduled for:
• 9 a.m. on Jan. 3, 15 and 26;
• 2 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 31.
The R3 Center helps adult workers assess their skills, aptitudes, training and academic credentials, and future career interests to develop an action plan for career growth. All R3 Center services are provided free- of charge. The center’s normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The R3 Center partners with other workforce development agencies, including the Centralina Workforce Development Board, JobLink Career Centers of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, N.C. Employment Security Commission, and other area community colleges.
For more information about the R3 Center and its services and programs, call 704-216-7201, or visit the center’s website at www.rccc.edu/r3center/.

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