The diaspora of the segregated: How separate and unequal hurt the talent pipeline
In The Know: Updates from the President’s Desk
Vol. 1, Issue 11

We’ve created a diaspora of the displaced and segregated that has serious consequences for the development of our talent pipeline. Segregation in Mecklenburg County, as in other parts of America, suffocates large portions of our talent pipeline by alienating individuals into areas of educational insufficiencies, closed off access to career-related experiences and deserts of economic development. 

As companies find labor shortages and talent gaps within the workforce, thousands of unemployed individuals live in enclaves of devalued human assets and potential. Dealing with segregation is one of the crucial opportunities to reshape and develop talent.

Charlotte Works board member Roger Collins talks apprenticeships
In his role as a technical training manager for Siemens, Charlotte Works board member Roger Collins is responsible for coordinating the apprenticeship program and all technical training aspects at the facility. He’s no stranger to putting in the work as an apprentice, since he started his own career pathway that way.

Education gaps and their impact on Charlotte's workforce
Education plays a powerful role in economic mobility. Studies show that a child’s zip code is more likely to determine his or her future success than other factors like cognitive ability. Local education initiatives have become a robust talking point for Charlotte leaders working to improve economic mobility.

The Leading on Opportunity Task Force report identifies several strategies aimed at improving education and outcomes for the more than 150,000 students who depend on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to deliver a quality education.

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND WORKFORCE IN CHARLOTTE
Housing affordability and workforce development go hand in hand. Workers who don’t earn enough money to afford stable housing often fall behind economically, unable to save for important major expenses.

DIGITAL ACCESS IS CRITICAL FOR CHARLOTTE'S RESIDENTS AND ITS WORKFORCE SYSTEM
View this Community Poverty Indicators Digital Access map for a look at the distribution of high-speed internet access in Mecklenburg County. 

Local Rapid Response team steps in for workers facing layoffs
After Aon Hewitt announced that it would be permanently closing its Retiree Health Solutions Sales and Services Center in Charlotte, the Rapid Response team at our NCWorks Career Center stepped in to coordinate resources for roughly 70 full-time customer service representatives affected.

Upcoming Events
Toastmasters Club
March 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
NCWorks Career Center
7140 Forest Point Blvd, Suite A [ map ]

Expungement Clinic Webinar
March 6, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NCWorks Career Center
7140 Forest Point Blvd, Suite A [ map ]

Grant Info Session for Career-Seekers
March 8, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
NCWorks Career Center
5601 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100 [ map ]

Board of Directors meeting
March 15, from noon to 2 p.m.
CPCC, Harris Campus
3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr.
Building H2, Room 2124 [ map ]

Grant Info Session for Career-Seekers
March 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
NCWorks Career Center
5601 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100 [ map ]

Toastmasters Club
March 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
NCWorks Career Center
7140 Forest Point Blvd, Suite A [ map ]