All Career Center Staff are trained to work with veterans. Veterans are given priority, in consideration for their military service, recognition of momentum they may have lost in their careers while serving, as well as, special assistance overcoming related obstacles to integration into the workforce. Veteran services are offered in all four counties (Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba).

 

These include:
 

  • Front of line privileges,

  • Access to internal job postings 24 hours before the general public,

  • Tools (Cross Walk) to “civilianize” military resumes: convert job skills used in each Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) to terms understood by civilian employers,

  • Notification about relevant programs and / or Veteran friendly businesses,

  • Advocacy: Promoting the benefits of hiring veterans, then assisting businesses, especially government contractors, locate, recruit and hire veterans, and

  • Free screening for Significant Barriers to Employment.

Veterans with significant barriers to employment qualify for Intensive Services including:

 

  • Case Management / Search Coaching,

  • Assistance preparing Individual Employment Plans: identifying education, training, apprenticeship programs and / or job development opportunities, and

  • Referrals to relevant programs, and / or Veteran friendly businesses.

Intensive Services

Veterans qualify for Intensive Services if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Between 18-24 years of age,

  • Service connected disability or received a medical discharge,

  • Homeless,

  • Recently discharged and unemployed at least 27 weeks out of the past 12 months,

  • Former offender, released from incarceration in the last 12 months,

  • Lack high school diploma or GED, or

  • Fit the definition of low income based on Federal Poverty Criteria or Lower Living Standard Income Level Guidelines.

Disabled veteran or active military POW spouses may qualify for Intensive Services if they are:

  • Spouse of a totally disabled veteran,

  • Widow(er) of a veteran who died as a direct result of service connected disability, or

  • Spouse of an active duty service member who was captured by hostile forces in the line of duty, is missing in action, has been and is currently forcibly detained by hostile forces for over 90 days.

 

Veteran’s Employment Advocate

The Center also hosts a Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) who works with businesses in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties to promote veteran employment.

NC Veterans at WORK Newsletter

This newsletter is funded by the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX) Initiative, a pilot project funded by the US Department of Labor. A major goal of the UCX Initiative is to connect unemployed Army veterans and other veterans with the career services and resources offered by the NC Division of Workforce Solutions in order to facilitate veterans’ transition into the civilian workforce. Equal Opportunity Program/Employer. Latest issue.

Alexander Career Center
604 7th St. SW
Taylorsville, NC 28681
(828) 632-4631
(Located inside Alexander Co. DSS Office)

 

NCWorks Career Center – Burke
720 East Union St
Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 438-6161

 

NCWorks Career and Placement Center – Caldwell
1909 Hickory Blvd SE
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 759-4680
(Located in the lower level of the Commerce Building)

 

NCWorks Career Center – Catawba
403 Conover Station SE
Conover, NC 28613
(828) 466-5535

Veteran Employments Services

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Email: jason.toney@wpcog.org
Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

This institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. Auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.