"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
In need of a job or know somebody who is?
Well listen to this: a change in careers might be needed.
Central Piedmont Community College is partnering with several businesses that need skilled workers.
Two new programs started at CPCC just this semester: Cosmetology and the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program.
Now here's what's happening...
Businesses are speaking up - telling the college the work force is lacking.
So the college develops a program that addresses that need.
Students enroll, get the training -and the credentials - and then get a paid job that's in demand.
We think that's one way to tackle the area's unemployment rate, getting people back to work.
The saying goes "There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen,
and there are people who wonder what happened."
We say, now is the time to make things happen.
We applaud CPCC for creating programs to help people get back on their feet.
And we take our hats off to the students who have enrolled in programs to get employed again.
CPCC has more than a dozen of these geared toward work force development.
Opportunities are out there.
Look for them…and then make it happen for yourself.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.