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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The R3 Center is offering numerous career development workshops, resume clinics in April for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Workshops and clinics are provided free-of-charge.
Services include individual career coaching, career building and job seeking workshops, Employability Labs where clients can utilize a computer lab for their work search, classes designed for quick skill building and Career Readiness Certification. Services are now available in both Rowan and Cabarrus Counties.
"We are really excited to offer one of our new workshops 'Should I Get LinkedIn?' this month. Many job seekers are utilizing the internet in their works search, but have questions about what sites are most useful," said Keri Allman, director of R3 Career Services. "In this workshop we will discuss how you can create an online brand that will promote your abilities and accomplishments effectively to employers. We will discuss networking on social media platforms and take an in-depth look at LinkedIn."
The "Should I Get LinkedIn?" workshop will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the College's R3 Center in Kannapolis.
R3's mission is built on three Rs – a refocus on individual skills and interests, retraining and further education, and partnering with other workforce development agencies to secure career-oriented re-employment.
New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for persons who have never attended an R3 workshop or taken advantage of its other services. New Client Launch appointments are available Monday-Friday and can be made by calling 704-216-7201.
The calendar also includes the following workshops held at the R3 Career Center in Kannapolis:
·       Identifying Your Career Options – 11:00 a.m. on April 8, 2 p.m. on April 24;  
·       Interview Techniques - 11 a.m. on April 3, 2 p.m. on April 22;
·       Networking Methods – 9:30 a.m. on April 17;
·       Stand Out from the Competition – 9:30 a.m. on April 1, 2 p.m. on April 29;
·       Looking for Work at 50+ – 11 a.m. on April 22, 2 p.m. on April  22;
·       Looking for Work with a Criminal Record –11 a.m. on April 17;
·       Letter Writing for the Job Seeker – 11 a.m. on April 15;
·       Online Job Hunting Beginners – 9:30 a.m. on April 8;
·       Should I Get LinkedIn? – 9:30 a.m. on April 10;
·       Meet the Employers – 2 p.m. on April 10.
R3 Career Services helps adult workers assess their skills, aptitudes, training and academic credentials, and future career interests to develop an action plan for career growth. The Center will also offer multiple resume clinics to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from start to finish. Please call to reserve a seat. The resume clinics are scheduled for:
·       9:30 a.m. on April 3 and 15;
·       11:00 a.m. on April 24;
·       2 p.m. on April 8.
R3 Career Services also offers short-term training classes starting in April and May.
Some students will qualify for tuition waivers based on income and employment status.
Please call 704-216-7201 for more information and to learn how to register.
GPS 2 Success – Cabarrus Business & Technology Center
·       April 22-May 8 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Computer Skills for the Worker – Cloverleaf
·       April 1-May 1 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 12-3 p.m.
Computer Projects for the Worker – Career Connections
Pre-requisite: Computer Skills for the Worker or prior HRD computer course
·       April 1-May 1 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Computer Projects for the Worker – Cloverleaf
Pre-requisite: Computer Skills for the Worker or prior HRD computer course
·       April 1-May 1 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Keyboarding – Career Connections
·       Open enrollment for classes held on Mondays and Wednesdays
Keyboarding – Cloverleaf
·       Open enrollment for classes held on Mondays and Wednesdays
Employability Lab
·       Walk-ins are welcome at any of our locations during lab hours! Pace yourself in this open lab designed with the job-seeker in mind.
o   R3 Center – Monday-Thursday 12-4 p.m.;
o   Cloverleaf – Monday-Thursday 8 a.m-4 p.m.; Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-9:30 p.m.;
o   Goodwill Career Connections – Monday-Thursday 8 a.m-4 p.m.;
o   Rowan-Cabarrus Community College North Campus – Wednesday-Thursday evenings 5:30-9:30 p.m.;
"The Employability Lab is a great edition to R3, because our clients will be able to work with an instructor on tools they are learning in R3 workshops and their individual coaching sessions," said Allman. "In the lab, clients will also be able to work on a certification that helps recognize an individual's current skill set called Career Readiness Certification."
R3 Career Services partners with other workforce development agencies, including the Centralina Workforce Development Board, JobLink Career Centers of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, N.C. Department of Commerce- Division of Workforce Solutions, and other area community colleges.              
R3 Career Services are offered at the following locations:
·       R3 Center – 200 West Ave. | Kannapolis
·       Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC) – 660 Concord Parkway N. | Concord
·       Rowan-Cabarrus North Campus – 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd. S. | Salisbury
·       Goodwill Career Connections – 1923 South Main St. | Salisbury
·       Cloverleaf Extension Center – 942 Cloverleaf Plaza | Kannapolis
For more information about the R3 Career Services and its services and programs, please call 704-216-7201, or visit the Center's website at