U.S. Rep. David Price Holds Unemployment Roundtable at Wake Tech
February 20th, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. (February 20, 2014) - U.S. Rep. David Price met with students, instructors, and administrators at Wake Tech today – to talk jobs. The roundtable discussion at the Northern Wake Campus focused on a variety of unemployment issues, including layoffs, transitions into and out of the workforce, skills training and retraining for new career pathways, and job search challenges and strategies.
Many of the students who participated are facing unemployment after decades of work or professional life – and all are part of Wake Tech’s Human Resources Development (HRD) program. The program addresses current workplace trends and offers skills training and other resources for adults seeking employment, re-entering the workforce, or trying to redefine their professional niche in the global market. HRD program fees are waived for participants who are unemployed, "underemployed," or have received notice of layoff. Information on the program can be found at http://hrd.waketech.edu.
“I’ve learned job search skills, and how to network and use blogs and social media,” says HRD student Donald Antoncich. “I would be lost without the support I’m getting at Wake Tech.”
Wake Tech President Stephen Scott cites “a jobs gap” as part of the unemployment problem: “These men and women have tremendous skills and valuable experience, and Wake Tech is committed to helping them find the jobs and career opportunities they deserve.”
Representative Price praised the HRD program for the lifeline it offers in a changing economic landscape. “When you are fighting your way back, you need a support system like the one offered here,” Price said. “Thanks, Wake Tech, for what you are doing.”
Representative Price also toured Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus and met with students enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.