New Centers in Watauga & Wilkes Counties

We at the HCWDB have some exciting news!  Two more centers in our area are following Mitchell (and Ashe and Alleghany before them) in moving to new locations this month.

Wilkes Centers Move In Together

The new Wilkes Career Center (soon to be Wilkes NCWorks Career Center once certified) is now located in the existing DWS office in Wilkesboro.  The building, constructed last year, provides plenty of space for the region’s largest workforce center staff.  Construction started up again this week as new a classroom was added to the main office area of the building which will feature a mobile computer lab enabling job seekers to attend HRD classes and do group assessments.  This new center is a partnership of the HCWDB, the NC Division of Workforce Solutions, Wilkes Community College, Northwest Regional Housing Authority, and others.

New Wilkes Career Center

New Wilkes Career Center

Watauga  Center Moves to a New Location

The new Watauga Career Center (soon to be Watauga NCWorks Career Center once certified) will be located in a newly-renovated location at the Appalachian Enterprise Center (AEC) – a design heavily influenced by a special project with Appalachian State University’s Interior Design program.  This new Center is a partnership with the HCWDB, the NC Division of Workforce Solutions, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Clay Wilson & Associates, and others.  Because of the Center’s location at the AEC, a Watauga County small business incubator, and it’s other tenants and partners – the SBTDC, Watauga Economic Development Commission, and the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce – the new workforce center will realize a synergy that before now was not feasible.

Sneak peak at the new Watauga Career Center

Sneak peak at the new Watauga Career Center

“We’re working more closely with area schools, colleges, universities, and employers than we have in the past,” says Adrian Tait, Director of the High Country Workforce Development Board.  “Our teams will be able to connect more people with jobs than ever before and help more of our area businesses find the right talent.  We’re excited to show how the workforce development board and all our partners are re-inventing workforce development right here in the High Country.”

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