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Seminar to focus on jobs: ‘Manufacturing 2014 and Beyond’

KANNAPOLIS — What does it take to get a job in manufacturing these days?

That and other questions will be addressed during a new seminar and networking event entitled “Manufacturing 2014 and Beyond” the R3 Career Center on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

“Manufacturing jobs have significantly changed over the past decade in our area,” said Keri Allman, director of R3 Career Services. “The seminar will seek to clarify what this industry will look like in 2014.

“What will be the desired skill sets of workers coming into manufacturing job? How can the local workforce be prepared for employment opportunities?”

The event will have a panel of manufacturing business leaders from the area answer questions about how their workforce is changing. It will also include information about training opportunities and a networking hour. Please call 704-216-7201 to confirm your attendance.

Clients new to R3 Career Services will be scheduled to meet with a Career Coach for a “Meet Your Coach.” In this workshop, clients will develop an R3 career action plan and identify assisting resources. Workshops are available Monday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Call 704-216-7201 to reserve a seat.

R3’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.

New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for people who have never attended an R3 workshop or taken advantage of its other services. New Client Launch appointments are available Monday-Friday and can be made by calling 704-216-7201.

The R3 Center is offering numerous career development workshops, resume clinics in January for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Workshops and clinics are provided free-of-charge.

The calendar also includes the following workshops:

· Identifying Your Career Options – 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 and 23, 11 a.m. on Jan. 28;

· Interview Techniques – 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2 p.m. on Jan. 9;

· Networking Methods – 11 a.m. on Jan. 9;

· Stand Out from the Competition – 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 14,11 a.m. on Jan. 30;

· Looking for Work at 50+ – 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 28, 11 a.m. on Jan. 7;

· Looking for Work with a Criminal Record –11 a.m. on Jan. 23;

· Letter Writing for the Job Seeker – 11 a.m. on Jan. 16;

· Online Job Hunting (beginners) –11 a.m. on Jan. 14;

· Online Job Hunting (advanced) – 2 p.m. on Jan. 16.

R3 Career Services helps adult workers assess their skills, aptitudes, training and academic credentials, and future career interests to develop an action plan for career growth. The Center will also offer multiple resume clinics to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from start to finish. Please call to reserve a seat. The resume clinics are scheduled for:

· 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 and 16;

· 2 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 28.

R3 Career Services also offers short-term training classes starting in January and February.

Some students will qualify for tuition waivers based on income and employment status.

Please call 704-216-7201 for more information and to learn how to register.

GPS 2 Success – Cloverleaf

· January 14-30 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Computer Skills for the Worker – Career Connections

· Jan. 13-Feb. 12 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

· Jan. 13-May 12 (Monday) 3-5 p.m.

· Feb. 18-March 27 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Computer Skills for the Worker – Cloverleaf

· Jan. 14-Feb. 13 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 12-3 p.m.

· Feb. 18-March 27 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Computer Projects for the Worker – Career Connections

Pre-requisite: Computer Skills for the Worker or prior HRD computer course

·Jan. 14-Feb. 13 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.

· Feb. 17-March 26 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Computer Projects for the Worker – Cloverleaf

Pre-requisite: Computer Skills for the Worker or prior HRD computer course

· Jan. 14-Feb. 13 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 12-3 p.m.

• Feb. 18-March 27 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Introduction to the Medical Field – Career Connections

· Jan. 24-May 9 (Friday) 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Introduction to the Medical Field – Cloverleaf

· Jan. 24-May 9 (Friday) 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A self-paced Employability Lab and keyboarding classes, are also available throughout January and February.

“The Employability Lab is a great edition to R3, because our clients will be able to work with an instructor on tools they are learning in R3 workshops and their individual coaching sessions,” said Allman. “In the lab, clients will also be able to work on a certification that helps recognize an individual’s current skill set called Career Readiness Certification.”

R3 Career Services partners with other workforce development agencies, including the Centralina Workforce Development Board, JobLink Career Centers of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, N.C. Department of Commerce- Division of Workforce Solutions, and other area community colleges.

R3 Career Services are offered at the following locations:

· R3 Center – 200 West Ave. | Kannapolis

· Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC) – 660 Concord Parkway N. | Concord

· Rowan-Cabarrus North Campus – 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd. S. | Salisbury

· Career Connections – 1923 South Main St. | Salisbury

· Cloverleaf Extension Center – 942 Cloverleaf Plaza | Kannapolis

For more information about the R3 Career Services and its services and programs, please call 704-216-7201, or visit the Center’s website at www.rccc.edu/r3/.

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