Career Development

The Career Development (formerly HRD-Human Resources Development) program is designed to educate and train individuals to be successful in the workplace. This program provides career assessment, employability skills training and career advising to unemployed and underemployed adults. Courses taught in this program address:

  • assessment of an individual's assets and limitations,
  • development of a positive self-concept and employability skills,
  • job search and job retention strategies,
  • communication and problem solving skills, and
  • information technology in the workplace.

Individuals also can earn Working Smart (soft skills) and Career Readiness Certifications.

Eligibility
The classes are offered at no cost to individuals currently in one of the following situations:

  • are unemployed,
  • have received notice of a pending layoff,
  • are working and are eligible for Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or
  • are working and earning at or below 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines.

For more information, call the Career Development department at 704.330.2722, ext. 3885 or visit the Career Development website.

Courses

HRD 7002. Human Services Exploration: DSS Caseworker. 0.0 Hours. Class-50.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers skills and strategies designed to provide employability skills training and career exploration for the role of Income Maintenance Caseworker or Human Services Specialist within Division of Social Service agencies.

HRD 7040. Employability Skills and Workplace Preparation. 0.0 Hours. Class-96.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide students with relevant employability skills to obtain and retain gainful employment. Course topics will cover developing a resume, soft skills training, and interview preparation. Learners will also gain life skills and develop a positive self-concept that will enhance their employability and job performance. Technology skills and job search techniques will be explored; all learners will also register for NC Works. Learners can prepare and practice for the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) using KeyTrain software and complete the exam. This course assists students in understanding and articulating their personal qualities and strengths, previous work-related experiences, and knowledge sets. It focuses on empowering students to acquire and retain employment, and create a plan for future career advancement.

HRD 7045. Employability Skills Lab - Working in America. 0.0 Hours. Class-640.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide students with relevant employability skills to obtain and retain gainful employment. The lab will provide hands-on instruction to assist in developing a resume, completing job applications, soft skills training, and interview preparation. Learners will also gain life skills and develop a positive self-concept that will enhance their employability and job performance. Technology skills and job search techniques will be explored, Learners can prepare and practice for the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) using KeyTrain software and complete the exam. This course assists students in understanding and articulating their personal qualities and strengths, previous work-related experiences, and knowledge sets. It focuses on empowering students to acquire and retain employment, and create a plan for future career advancement.

HRD 7100. Working Smart: Soft Skills for Workplace Success. 0.0 Hours. Class-25.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Working Smart is a soft-skills program developed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Developmental Partners (CMWDP). It is designed to provide job-seekers the work and life skills that enhance employee productivity. Employers are looking for candidates who have the "soft-skills" that lead to success in the following ways: communication, problem solving skills, time management, accountability, and more.

HRD 7500. Introduction to Customer Service and Career Development. 0.0 Hours. Class-96.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course will provide students with an introduction to careers in the Customer Service industry with a focus on assessing and meeting customer needs. Students will develop employability skills and become skilled at providing superior customer experiences.

HRD 8001. Career Development Employability Skills. 0.0 Hours. Class-96.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide students with relevant employability skills to obtain and retain gainful employment. Course topics will cover developing a resume, soft skills training, and interview preparation. Learners will also gain life skills and develop a positive self-concept that will enhance their employability and job performance. Technology skills and job search techniques will be explored. This course assists students in understanding and articulating their personal qualities and strengths, previous work-related experiences, and knowledge sets. It focuses on empowering students to acquire and retain employment, and create a plan for future career advancement.

HRD 8101. Job Ready BOOTCAMP. 0.0 Hours. Class-96.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide employability skills to full-time, part-time, and transitioning job-seekers in an expedited manner. Learners will obtain tips and techniques for creating and updating their resumes, participating in one-on-one and group interviews, and workplace behaviors. Career planning and education planning will also be explored. Typically a one-day course, the Job Ready BOOTCAMP is a great way to brush up on your job readiness skills.

HRD 8102. Human Resources Development Employability Skills. 0.0 Hours. Class-96.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course will cover developing a resume, interview preparation, submitting applications, and job search strategies. Students will learn the components of an effective resume, including organization and formatting, and how to customize their own resumes to convey greater confidence. Learners will also gain life skills and develop a positive self-concept that will enhance their employability and job performance, including the opportunity for a professional dress outfitting. All learners will also register for NC Works and can prepare and practice for the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) using KeyTrain software.

HRD 8103. Beyond the Resume - Networking and Standing Out. 0.0 Hours. Class-96.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course focuses on the essentials of securing a job in today's rapidly-changing market including updating resumes, professional networking, writing cover letters, and marketing personal brands. Participants will identify their natural strengths and how they relate to career success, develop their personal brands and "elevator speeches", and learn how to ask and answer interview questions to get the job. Students will learn how to make sure their resume stands out and survives the competitive online sorting process to land in the employer's hands. All learners will also register for NC Works and can prepare and practice for the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) using KeyTrain software.

HRD 8201. Job Ready Lab. 0.0 Hours. Class-640.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides learners with employability skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The Job Ready Centers will provide learners with hands-on instruction to assist in gaining resume, interview, and application completion skills. Learners can also prepare and practice for the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), and complete the exam in a Job Ready Lab. Learners will also have support and assistance in applying for jobs, completing employment paperwork, and registering for NC Works.

HRD 8202. Job Ready: Technology Skills Lab. 0.0 Hours. Class-640.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides employability skills training, focusing primarily on technology skills building. Computer training and assistance will be provided to learners as they learn to utilize technology to obtain employment and increase their employability skills.

HRD 8501. Workplace Computer Skills (Basic). 0.0 Hours. Class-48.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to fully introduce the computer to learners for the first time. Learners will focus on all functions of the computer, including using the current Windows operating system, Microsoft Office software, internet searches, and basic keyboarding. Other topics covered include creating resumes, cover letters, setting up and using email accounts, and basic awareness of technology scams.

HRD 8502. HRD Technology Awareness. 0.0 Hours. Class-48.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to support learners that may have a familiarity with the computer, but want to advance their computer literacy and technology awareness. Learners will explore using Microsoft Office, Windows operating system, and social media for more detailed functions and projects. Using the internet for daily life and becoming familiar with smartphones and tablets may also be explored.

HRD 8503. Technology Tools to Improve Job Search. 0.0 Hours. Class-48.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Learn to use computer technology, the internet, Career Coach, and e-mail to identify career goals and search for jobs. Develop and market your personal brand to secure employment by locating and applying for multiple jobs using electronic search systems and social media sites like LinkedIn. Identify government, community, and online employment resources including NC Works. Create forms and documents using Microsoft Office to track job applications, log resume distribution, and utilize salary charts. Compose error-free resumes and cover letters while improving typing skills and complete online job applications and employer correspondence.

HRD 8601. M.O.V.E.S Motivation for Occupational, Vocational, and Educational Success. 0.0 Hours. Class-25.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course will prepare learners to properly transition into an educational setting, assisting students to connect educational success to job readiness. Course time will focus on study skills, test taking strategies, time management, and day planning. Learners will also explore resources that will support their educational journey.