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Newsletter Edition I - September 2018

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            September 2018 Edition 001


Wendy Walker-Fox, Workforce Director

Kay Carter, Workforce Program Manager

Tammy Caudill, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Marsha Martin Workforce Office Assistant

Stephanie Presnell, Contracts Accountability Specialist

Jessica Raby, Strategic Initiatives Specialsit

Sandra Shepard, Workforce Program Coordinator

I am happy to share the first issue of the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board’s quarterly newsletter. Our goal with this publication is to keep everyone informed and share what is going on in our Workforce Development Local Area and throughout the entire region.

I am often asked, “Wendy, what does the Workforce Development Board do?” It is my hope that this newsletter provides a perfect avenue for addressing that question. To start here is a compilation of what we do:  

  • We connect with organizations to determine the current and future workforce needs
  • We assess the workforce and identify populations that need assistance in gaining or retaining employment
  • We identify holes in the workforce along with workforce skills gaps
  • We develop and maintain initiatives and programs to close the gap between the workforce and employers

In other words, we assess and develop the local area workforce to meet the current and future needs of employers AND convene partners to develop creative workforce solutions. We are your workforce aligners and conveners! 

I have an incredible team that makes all of this happen. The team members' contact information is located to the left.

- Wendy Walker-Fox, Workforce Development Director        

What's New With the Board?

Workforce Development Board Name Change

The Northwest Piedmont Job Consortium, made up of elected officials serving Caswell, Davie, Forsyth, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties, voted in June 2018 to change the Workforce Board name. Effective July 1, 2018, Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board's name changed to Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board.

Wendy Walker-Fox, Workforce Development Director states, "We are excited about changes at Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board in the upcoming year! I believe that the new name will more accurately describe the area we serve and also alleviate some of the confusion that resulted with the previous name. We believe the new name will be more recognizable to employers and partners around our region."

Local Area NCWorks Career Centers News

New Service Provider

As of July 1, 2018, Goodwill Industries, Inc. of Northwest NC assumed the role of direct service provider for Adult and Dislocated Worker Talent Engagement, Talent Development, and Talent Employment Solutions for the local area NCWorks Career Centers in the Piedmont Triad Workforce Development local area. Goodwill Industries of NWNC has been the the direct service provider of youth services in the local area. We are excited about the expanded relationship.

New Center Locations

As of July, two of the three NCWorks Career Centers in the Piedmont Triad have new locations:

Rockingham County Center is now located at: 8340 NC Hwy. 87, Reidsville

Forsyth County Center is now located at: 2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

For a complete list of centers and contact information, visit our website.

We're Committed to Supporting Classroom & Work-Based Learning

Finish Line Grant

Far too often, unforeseen financial emergencies arise which prevent community college students from completing their degree or credential program. Unexpected expenses such as healthcare costs, childcare, or auto repairs can be major stressers for students. In July 2018, Governor Roy Cooper and NC Community College System President, Peter Hans, launched the Finish Line Grant program to support students in overcoming financial barriers and achieving their goals.

For community college students who have completed 75% of their degree or credential program, up to $1000 is available through the Finish Line Grant to assist with any challenges that may arise. Funds may be used for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care, or other financial emergencies that students face through no fault of their own.

Partnering with our 5 area community colleges, the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board will apply for the Finish Line Grant to secure this funding for our area students. With over 0000 community college students in the Piedmont Triad region, this resource will provide needed assistance to our area’s students. 



Since January 2017, more than 321,000 apprentices in the United States have been hired by employers. Apprenticeships are a strong resource for the community in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.

With the help of the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board (PTRWDB), establishing an apprenticeship can be as easy as 1-2-3.

First, contact the board to discuss your plan for starting an apprenticeship. You would be surprised to find that most occupations are apprenticeable!

Second, with partners at ApprenticeshipNC and NC Works, the workforce board will work to register your apprenticeship program and your apprentices. This is an important step in ensuring the employer and the apprentice get the most out of the apprenticeship experience.

Third, the PTRWDB remains engaged with your program to ensure a successful outcome. For more information about starting an apprenticeship, please contact the workforce board.

A Focus on the Advanced Manufacturing Certified Career Pathway


Attracting Millennials to

Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing has a proud tradition in North Carolina, but today's manufacturing is very different than it was just a generation ago. Today manufacturing is about advanced technologies, state of the art facilities and fast paced, exciting work environments.

There are many exciting careers in the field of Advanced Manufacturing. In the Piedmont Triad these are among the most in-demand jobs. This is why Advanced Manufacturing is one of the Piedmont Triad's Certified Career Pathways.


Dream It. Do It.

Preparing for MGF Day 2018

Dream it. Do It. is an initiative that helps connect local manufacturers, middle and high schools, community colleges, community-based organizations and other stakeholders. It works to change the misperception of the industry and inspire next-generation workers to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day, the first Friday in October, is a national initiative to bring awareness to careers in manufacturing. If you are planning a MFG Day activity, please let us know about it.

We Support Work Ready Communities

Forsyth County is joining Rockingham and Davie Counties as a Work Ready Community

The counties of the Piedmont Triad are making big strides in presenting a robust and united workforce. Forsyth County has announced their intent to become a Certified Work Ready Community, with a community launch planned for early fall 2018. This news follows Rockingham County becoming certified in August of this year and Davie County in April 2017. 

The Certified Work Ready Community model is a community-based initiative with goals of: 

1) Linking workforce development with education through the National Career Readiness Certificate;

2) Aligning with the economic development needs of the region by building relationships with employers;

3) Matching individuals to jobs based on skill level through combining these efforts.

Embarking on the 2-year journey toward certification is a strong investment in the community that will promote economic vitality for the region. As a statewide initiative in North Carolina, Work Ready Communities show commitment in the local area and state to connect workers with well-paying jobs. 

To learn more or get involved with Work Ready Communities, please contact the workforce board.

Collaboration with Regional Partners to Encourage Economic Development

Welcome Norwegian Cruise Lines

The Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board welcomes Norwegian Cruise Lines as they begin expansions in our region. A collaborative regional group including economic developers, chambers of commerce, community colleges, and other community partners worked with the luxury cruise line to bring in up to 200 full-time, at-home agent positions.

Norwegian held their first round of interviews July 18th at Forsyth Technical Community College. The highly successful event brought in more than 1,500 applications. Forty candidates were selected and hired. They began on-site training in Miami during August.

Our business services team is able to offer assistance is selecting and hiring potential candidates. Our goal is to meet businesses where they are to offer a variety of solutions to better serve our community by encouraging economic development.



Questions? Contact us at 336.904.0300