Catawba County Economic Development Corporation

We wanted to provide a short update on some important training opportunities coming up in the winter months ahead.

Come early 2019, be on the lookout for our annual industry survey, as well as a newly-revised strategy to proactively recruit talented transitioning veterans and military spouses.

Finally, on behalf of the Catawba County EDC, we hope you have a wonderful end to 2018 and a great start to the New Year.

Happy Holidays,

Nathan Huret
UpSkill Western Piedmont: Training Grant(s)  

Upskill Western Piedmont, an initiative of the Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board, offers competitive training grants to businesses in addressing employees' skill gaps, improving employee retention, helping stabilize the business, and increasing the competitiveness of the employee and business.
Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded to eligible businesses in Catawba County for training of their current workforce in areas including, but not limited to:
  • Technical training
  • Certifications
  • Leadership development
  • Soft skills
  • Professional development
Businesses may reapply in subsequent years, working towards a lifetime maximum of $60,000.
To learn more about this locally-administered program, please click here or contact Matthew Xiong, Business Services Consultant (828-485-4215;  
Good News You Might Have Missed

Certified Reentry Specialist Training

Wednesday, March 20
McDowell Technical Community College (Marion)

This is your opportunity to become a Certified Reentry Specialist!  
Training is tailored for NCWorks Career Center staff, but also beneficial to community partners, non-profits and others who work with individuals with criminal records.  1 in 3 working age adults have criminal backgrounds and this training will equip you to work more effectively with this population.
Highlights include: certificates of relief; expungement; incentives for employers; entering services into NCWorks online, etc.
Registration is required at (go to courses/events).