Helping Unemployed Workers in Charlotte Obtain an Education, Skills and Jobs
Jan 17, 2012
SUPER: Kathi Polis, Dean of Community Development, Central Piedmont Community College
V/O (Kathi Polis): Pathways’ program was actually designed for adults who didn’t complete their high school or adults who have been out of school for a while and their skills are just rusty. We have dislocated workers who have been working for many years but, because of layoffs, they’re forced to re-tool their skills.
SUPER: Larry Donald, Graduate, CPCC
V/O (Larry Donald): Pathways was an opportunity to redefine myself through education. I had worked for 36 years but there was a time of downsizing and I found myself unemployed. Through the unemployment agency, I was informed there was a program to help me to make a career change.
V/O (Kathi Polis): In our traditional system, an adult who did not have a high school diploma would first pass the GED, get their high school equivalency diploma, before they would then eventually get into some college credit - bearing coursework. Pathways condenses all of these components and gives us exactly what employers have been telling us they need in a productive work force.
V/O (Larry Donald): I am studying for a state exam for medical billing and coding. I plan to test in December for certification. Pathways' program was not just about the skills of finding a job skill but also there were life skills, which was just as valuable.
V/O (Kathi Polis): We work on team building, on skills such as decision-making, problem solving, work ethics. We’re giving back to the community workers who have productive skills. They’re the complete package. Pathways wouldn’t exist without generous organizations such as Bank of America.
SUPER: Charles Bowman, N.C. Market President, Bank of America
V/O (Charles Bowman): As a local employer, it’s absolutely critical that we have the types of people who are well-educated, who can learn, and who can adapt to a changing workplace.
V/O (Kathi Polis): The community is benefitting because the increase in self-esteem of these graduates is creating a phenomenon that is kind of hard to measure but clearly visible when you talk to them.
V/O (Larry Donald): I’m volunteering more within the community; it’s helping me want to be able to give back because someone gave to me and didn’t know me.
V/O (Charles Bowman): One of the key things about having an educated work force is that it makes a more vibrant place, it builds diversity, it builds new ways of thinking, it builds new ways of solving the world’s problems.
Legal: Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. ©2011