The Columbus County JobLink Career Center operates several programs as services to customers.
Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)North Carolina’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is designed to meet the needs of both employers and job seekers in this transitioning economy.
For employers, the CRC offers a reliable means of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills to be “job ready.”
For job seekers, the CRC serves as a portable credential that can be more meaningful to employers than a high school degree or a resume citing experience in a different job setting.
The CRC is based upon WorkKeys, a nationally recognized, skills assessment tool developed by ACT Inc. Individuals can earn three levels of Career Readiness Certificates based on their test performance in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. The different levels earned – bronze, silver and gold – signify increasing levels of difficulty in each area.
To earn a CRC, contact the Columbus County JobLink Career Center at 910.642.7141 ext. 261. You can arrange to take the WorkKeys assessments, take pre-assessments to determine your skill levels and/or use computer-based software to improve your skills.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is the nation’s principal workforce development legislation, providing funds to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, and low income adults and youth.
Funding for WIA comes from the U.S. Department of Labor and is administered by the NC Division of Workforce Development and the Cape Fear Council of Governments for Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties.
WIA provides support to participants to increase their education, training, employment, earnings and job retention. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.
To be accepted for enrollment, primary consideration is given based on your work history, current education and skill levels as well as your ability to fully complete and benefit from a short-term (up to two years) vocational training program in an occupation based on the local labor market.
If you qualify and are accepted for enrollment in WIA, our trained case managers will:
- Assist you with developing an individual employment plan
- Give you financial assistance to help pay for your training program
- Help you access support services from the JobLink partners and other community agencies
How to apply for WIA…
You must apply for WIA in the county where you live. For Columbus County, you should apply at the Columbus County JobLink Career Center, located in A building at Southeastern Community College.
On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program
OJT, funded through the Workforce Investment Act, provides incentives for business to help defray the cost of training eligible new employees. The program also provides training opportunities in the local business community to adults and dislocated workers.
Services to the employers include:
- Screening aptitude and basic skills requirements
- Referral of eligible applicants
- Reimbursement of up to 90% of the training wage for a pre-determined period of time
- Follow-up services to help ensure completion of training and retention of the newly trained employee
JobLink Career Center staff handles most of the paper work. For more information contact the Center at 910.642.7141 ext. 261.
Human Resources Development (HRD) program
The Human Resources Development (HRD) program is designed to provide assessment services, employability training, and career development counseling to unemployed and underemployed individuals. It is operated at every community college in North Carolina, providing HRD instruction and support necessary to serve unemployed and dislocated workers. Unemployed, underemployed and dislocated customers may be eligible for fee waivers of training classes developed and operated within the HRD program guidelines.
HRD provides skill assessment services, employability skills training, and career development counseling to unemployed and underemployed adults. HRD courses shall address six core components as follows:
- assessment of an individual’s assets and limitations
- development of a positive self-concept
- development of employability skills
- development of communication skills
- development of problem-solving skills
- awareness of the impact on information technology in the workplace
For more information about HRD classes, contact the Columbus County JobLink Career Center.
Displaced Homemakers Program
Displaced homemaker programs are designed to assist people who provide unpaid household services to their home and are unable to secure employment due to lack of training or experience. Services are also available to people who were dependent on the income of another household member and no longer is supported by that income. Funding from the N.C. Council for Women to displaced homemaker programs provides the following mandated services: Job Counseling, job training and job placement services, health education and preventative health care counseling, financial management services and educational services. Southeastern Community College receives funding for the displaced homemakers program and operates the grant through the Columbus County JobLink Career Center, which can be contacted for additional information.