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Newsletter Edition II, January 2019

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            January 2019 Edition 002

From the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board Staff, we want to wish you a Happy New Year! Through your support and valued partnerships, we celebrate this past year as one of accomplishment and growth for our workforce local area and region. We look forward to new opportunities in 2019 to bring our creative efforts and innovative solutions to the Piedmont Triad.

- Wendy Walker-Fox, Workforce Development Director        


What's New With the Board?

Mobile Unit Remodel: Complete

The 12-county region gathered in November 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. At this time, a brand new mobile unit was unveiled after undergoing more than 6 months of renovations. The Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board holds one of only two mobile response units in the state of North Carolina.

This "career center on wheels" can be deployed to communities for any number of services. The unit provides help during job fairs, special events, rapid response services, and more!

Stay Tuned! The results of the Mobile Unit renaming will soon be released!

Area Snapshot

Workforce In Action

ETWI: Support for Businesses and Jobseekers

The Eastern Triad Workforce Initiative (ETWI) is an innovative and collaborative effort among workforce development, business, educational institutions and apprenticeship consortia within Alamance, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham Counties. With an award of $3.2 million from the State of North Carolina, ETWI is able to provide apprenticeship and on-the-job training services to our local area that would not otherwise be possible.

London Fall Protection is an area business, based out of Rockingham County, who can speak to the benefits of ETWI.

A roofing contractor with over 35 years’ experience had an idea to develop a safer fall-protection device after a fall on the job prompted questions about the safety of a conventional harness. 

Ten years later, London Fall Protection now independently manufacturers their own brand of Safety Harnesses. As the business grows, additional machines, staff and space are needed.

For a growing local business, ETWI can provide the needed support to take your business to the next level. Amy Chan Hardison, Vice President of London Fall Protection, shares her thoughts around ETWI below.

How has your company benefited from being part of the program?

"As a manufacturing company, the high costs of start-up (equipment/supplies/overhead) have held us back from hiring workers that we can train to increase production. This program has been a great benefit to provide us with these workers. We have increased production by 15% and as they continue to train and improve their skills, I am confident production will increase further."

Has being part of the program had an impact on your workforce?

"Absolutely! It has had a positive impact on our workforce by not only training them to produce but also a path for their development and potential leadership roles they could hold. It has allowed us to allocate funds to equipment and supplies that benefit production and efficiency."

What advice would you give to another company that is interested in the program?

"I highly recommend this program to companies who are interested in forming or building their workforce. A clear and detailed job description is crucial along with a development plan. Every worker has potential to become a leader/manager and I believe companies have the responsibility to guide and nurture its workers. It's also important to provide worker expectations as well as autonomy. Additionally, workers may have their own insight, experience, and feedback that should be heard to help improve the company."

Partnerships For Change

DSS and Workforce: A Natural Partnership

A new found partnership between the Forsyth County Department of Social Services and NCWorks creates a true one-stop shop to connect anyone in need of services.

When clients arrive at the DSS office in need of services, one of the many offerings they will receive is an invitation to attend an NCWorks Orientation in the same building. Through NCWorks, clients can obtain their high school diploma or GED, develop essential job skills, and attend career counseling all while receiving supportive services.

Of National Concern

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

For the first time in U.S. history, Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than from a vehicle crash according to the National Safety Council. This news is alarming and requires action.

The Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board has established a partnership with Novant Behavioral Health, which allows our case managers direct access to patients seeking treatment services.

Monthly orientations are held to introduce WIOA services and offer on-site enrollments to those far enough in their treatment, who elect to pursue training or discuss employment opportunities. We began our monthly orientations in November 2018.

Traditional workforce development and training providers do not have the infrastructure in place to provide services specifically for this population.

However, we partner with several substance abuse programs and counseling services throughout the area to offer support to those in recovery while they pursue training or employment services, made available through WIOA.

While our case managers are not substance abuse professionals, we do encourage individuals in recovery to participate in recovery programs (AA/NA), and have a peer support system that they can rely on for emotional support.

Triad Service Locations

Finding Career Centers and Off-Site Locations

The Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board oversees the local NCWorks Centers in the seven county local area: Caswell, Davie, Forsyth, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

NCWorks Career Centers are a resource for anyone who is eligible to work in North Carolina. Job seekers are offered a variety of no-cost resources, including career advising, training opportunities and access to job listings. Begin by registering at NCWorks online or visiting your local NCWorks Career Center.

NCWorks Off-Site Locations


Goodwill Career Connections

1457 N Bridge Street

Elkin, NC


Monday & Wednesday 8-5pm


Surry Community College

630 S Main St

Dobson, NC


Wednesday & Thursday 10-2


Davidson County Community College

1205 Salisbury Road

Mocksville, NC

Tuesday 8-1pm

Thursday & Friday 8-5pm



Forsyth Technical Community College: West Campus

2100 Silas Creek Pkwy

Winston-Salem, NC

Monday-Friday 8-5pm


Surry Community College: Yadkin Campus

4649 US Highway 601

Yadkinville, NC


Monday 8-5pm

NCWorks Career Centers


NCWorks Career Center

2701 University Parkway

Winston-Salem, NC 27115


Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm


NCWorks Career Center

8340 NC Hwy. 87

Reidsville, NC 27320

Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm


NCWorks Career Center

541 West Pine Street, #300

Mount Airy, NC 27030


Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm

We Are All In! With NC Job Ready

2018 NCWorks Partnership Conference

Our NCWorks frontline staff, PTRWDB staff, and workforce development professionals across the state gathered in Greensboro, North Carolina for the annual NCWorks Partnership Conference.

Governor Roy Cooper announced the 2018 conference theme as NC Job Ready: All in! to promote skills and educational attainment, employer leadership, and local innovation. As Governor Cooper states, "Business leaders tell me time and again that they have job openings but can't find workers with the right skills. A better trained workforce can help businesses grow and give workers new opportunities."

Attending the 3-day conference provided a strong, motivating focus for the upcoming year while staff attended workshops demonstrating hands-on tips and tools for best practice in workforce programs and in engaging with the public.

Statewide goals for workforce development include providing easier access to job training in high-demand fields, increasing work-based learning opportunities, and a push for local strategies for innovation.

NC Plans for Student Emergencies

FinishLine Grant Helping Students Graduate On Time

North Carolina's FinishLine grant provides emergency financial assistance for students who are nearing completion of their community college degree or credential.

Funding is currently available for students who have completed 50% or more of their program and are facing a financial burden which could prevent their graduation. Students may apply for emergency funding by contacting their community college's financial aid department.

Not Your Grandfather's Manufacturing

Changing Misperceptions About Careers in Manufacturing

As part of the Dream It. Do It. initiative, Manufacturing Day is celebrated the first Friday of October to change misperceptions about manufacturing careers and encourage the next generation of manufacturers. On MFG Day, local manufacturers open their doors to allow students a chance to view their facilities and learn more about what it means to work in manufacturing.

MFG Day 2018 was a blast in the Piedmont Triad! More than 25 employers and over 400 students attended manufacturing day events in the region. Students toured facilities, completed welding demonstrations, and learned about the chemistry involved in manufacturing food flavors.

For more information about the Dream It. Do It. initiative or holding your own MFG Day in 2019, please contact: Jessica Raby, Strategic Initiatives Specialist 336.904.0300

New and Upcoming: Certified Career Pathways

New Career Pathway for Area Jobseekers

A new Certified Career Pathways is upcoming for the Triad region. Hospitality and Tourism will join list of state-approved career pathways in spring 2019. Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board, currently supports four career pathways that are certified by the NCWorks Commission.

  • Advance Manufacturing
  • Aviation
  • Healthcare/Nursing
  • Transportation and Logistics

These pathways are proven industries of need in their certified region. Pathways provide points of entry and exit from school to work and back again so that career-seekers can readily see the educational requirements and soft skills needed to begin their desired career.

Locate Your Region's Career Pathways Event Using the Link Below


Career Pathways Week 2019

Across North Carolina, workforce professionals will have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops and educational sessions to recognize Career Pathways Week, January 28-February 1, 2019.

For more information regarding Career Pathways Week or to register for an educational session, please visit the NCWorks Career Pathways website.


Board Staff Update

Welcome, Phydesia Lewis!

The Board is excited to welcome Phydesia Lewis as our newest Business Engagement Specialist!

Along with our Business Solutions team, Phydesia will engage with area businesses to coordinate workforce objectives with industry need.


For more information regarding Business Engagement, contact Phydesia Lewis at or 336.904.0300




Questions? Contact us at 336.904.0300