Our professional career counselors can guide you through all of the necessary steps to get the job you want, whether it takes a few days or a few years.

Career Training Services

If you are having a hard time deciding which career will enjoy and/or which career will fulfill your needs, our professional career counselors can help with:

  • Information about wages, job demand, training requirements and local employers who are hiring in the career field that you prefer.
  • Interest and abilities testing that will help you chose a career you will enjoy and help you measure the skills that have and focus on the skills you need to develop to succeed in that career.

Tuition Assistance

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – will provide assistance with tuition, books & fees for eligible persons to attend community college curriculum courses (up to two years). Eligible persons include those who lose their jobs because of business closures, unemployed and underemployed adults, and youth from low income families.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance – will provide tuition, books, fees and other assistance for those persons who loose their jobs because of business closures that are the result of business relocation to other countries or closures resulting from foreign competition.
  • Pell Grants and College Scholarships are available to persons who meet specific income guidelines.

Foundational Skills to Succeed

If you aren’t sure you have the skills you need to enroll in the training program you want, we can help determine your current skill levels and, if needed, help you build the skills you need.  Building your skills can be done in the classroom, over the internet or in a teacher assisted self-paced learning environment.

  • WorkKeys® – A set of assessments that document your current skills in math, reading, locating Informaiton (using charts, graphs & gages), observation, listening, teamwork and writing.
  • CareerReady 101® – an on-line learning system (using the WorkKeys Skill Areas) that students can use anytime anywhere they have high-speed Internet access.
  • GED (General Equivalance Diploma) Classes – GED classes are offered in several locations throughout the region during the days and evenings.

On-The-Job (OJT) Training

A program where an employer is paid 50% or more of a worker’s wages during a training period.  The job must be one that the participant does not have previous work experience with, or at an advanced level of work performed in the past.  In other words, you can’t be trained to do something you already know how to do.   For more information, contact your local NCWorks Career Center.

Advanced Manufacturing Pathway

A new Career Pathway in Advanced Manufacturing is available at Haywood Community College.  The Career Pathway will introduce students to local manufacturers and includes facility tours.  Students will be provided with skills for employment that consist of strategies for successful employment and long-term job retention.  Students will obtain skills that are highly valued by employers such as safety, computers, quality, and nationally recognized manufacturing credentials.  The Advanced Manufacturing Pathway was developed in partnership with:  Haywood County Manufacturers, Southwestern Workforce Development Board, NCWorks Career Center and Southwestern Commission.
To learn more, contact Haywood Community College at 828-564-5128.

Job Search Tools

Visit NCWorks Online to begin your job search and explore careers. Staff at your NCWorks Career Center can also assist you with the job search process and notify you as job openings occur. Online resources are also available to help you explore career opportunities:

My Next Move – Search for jobs you might like based on your preferences and interests.

My Skills My Future – For laid-off workers and other career changers to explore new occupations.  You can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to your current or previous job.

O*Net – Find skill assessment guides, occupational profiles, labor market information and much more.

Occupational Outlook Handbook – A guide providing job descriptions, working conditions, earnings, the training and education needed, and expected job prospects for the jobs you’re interested in pursuing.