West HCC campus has services for all

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Aug 30, 2013
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Zach Williams, a career coach, helps Dawn Oliver, left, and Tristan Bishop while they use the Internet in the Goodwill Career Connections Center.

Haywood Community College's West Waynesville campus may be the best-kept secret in the community. It's a situation the college wants to change.

That's why a Community Appreciation Day, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, will be the perfect opportunity to check out what all the campus has to offer. The campus on 23 Hendrix St. will feature live music, a corn hole tournament, tours of the campus, along with food and drinks.

The west campus offers a variety of technical and career-building services that helps residents prepare for and find jobs.

“Our goal here is to help folks create the futures they have thought were possible,” said Rinda Green, coordinator of corporate and community education at the West campus. “We show them what jobs are available and help them figure out what skill sets they have and what skill sets they need.”

The Goodwill Career Connections center is located inside the campus building, which offers free personalized services to help anyone in their job search, including resume development, job leads, career counseling, skills assessment, Internet access and interview simulators.

In addition, Green and her staff help residents prepare for new careers by helping them polish their resumes, as well as their employment, technology, interview and life skills.

The Multipurpose simulation lab is available for use by HCC’s hospitality and retail students.

Green said the lab also was used to teach students about in-home care.

“We use it to help train individuals who are staying with the elderly individuals,” Green said. “We help train them how to get them out of bed in the mornings, and re-enact real life scenarios.”

The campus also offers services through Careerworks, a program based through the HCC’s human resources development program. Careerworks is designed to provide resources and training to local unemployed or underemployed individuals who have a goal of creating successful futures.

Careerworks coaches will be available to guide and encourage residents as they explore new careers. In addition, Careerworks offers a dozen different workshops that will help residents prepare for employment. Anyone interested in Careerworks should call 828-564-5093.

The campus will also be holding a Hire Haywood workshop on Sept. 27. The workshop will help local residents create resumes, ace their interviews and present a professional appearance. To reserve a spot, call 828-246-9233.

Anyone interested in hospitality or retail can also take advantage of workshops at the CareWorks Training Center.  A daylong hospitality boot camp will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 and on Oct. 14. In addition, a “Pathways to a Career in Retail” workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and Oct. 14. To register, call 828-246-9233.

The West campus also offers Career Ready 101, a comprehensive training course that helps bring instructors, students and administrators to the next level in career readiness preparation. Through the program, participants explore careers, build self-esteem, develop real credentials and set them up for success.

Any industries or businesses looking for a place to meet can utilize the campus business resource center, which offers a top of the line projector.

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