The Center for Employment Services (CES) is a Moving Forward Initiative to promote employment and self-reliance in West Charlotte. One of the largest barriers to employment residents face is lack of job skills or training. CES focuses on addressing this issue. Our overall goal for the center is for all Public Housing Residents and Housing Choice Voucher Participants to have services, training and support to become employed.
To ensure the employment services were accessible, we chose a location in West Charlotte on the CATS bus line. Located at the corner of Caronia Street and Clanton Road, CES provides free office space to several local service providers to bring career development opportunities to the area. Current partners residing at the center include: Charlotte Works, Urban League of Central Carolinas, Central Piedmont Community College, Grace-Mar Services, Inc. and City Dive, Inc.GET DIRECTIONS
Charlotte Works selected the site to be a SHARE Access point for West Charlotte, a place where people in the community may work with trained volunteers to search for jobs online.
Urban League of Central Carolinas provides a month long, 4-step job readiness class that prepares job seekers to find and keep a job. Subject matter covered in the class includes: resume writing, mock interviews, and work ethics. Also, instructors work with clients to develop the computer skills necessary for today"s job seekers such as filling out online applications and how to use e-mail. The program continues to work with clients even after they find a job to ensure they have everything they need to maintain employment.
City Dive, Inc. is a faith-based organization that provides evening job readiness classes at CES for clients who cannot attend classes during the day. Topics covered during the sessions include: financial empowerment, career development, and GED preparation.
Grace-Mar Services exists to provide education, counseling and professional networks to displaced workers, minorities and low income families in the areas of financial literacy, job readiness/placement and self empowerment.
Central Piedmont Community College provides GED assessment and classes onsite.
CES welcomes volunteers to assist in training, businesses that need access to a trained workforce, donations to assist with the building’s operating costs, and of course people to continue to come in and access the employment services offered.