Raleigh Pathways Center Opens to Boost Workforce Development

Ribbon-Cutting at 900 S. Wilmington St. on Monday at 1 p.m

News posted Sep. 15, 2017 - 3:00 pm

The City of Raleigh, in partnership with Capital Area orkforce Development Board (CAWDB) and Wake Technical Community College, announced plans today for the development of the Raleigh Pathways Center. The center will be located at 900 South Wilmington Street and house a portfolio of programs and services that, over time, will connect the public to services, training and other resources meant to provide clear pathways to career success.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the new center location on Monday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. Attending will be Mayor Nancy McFarlane and representatives of CAWDB and Wake Tech.

The City’s partnership with CAWDB and Wake Tech developed around Raleigh TechHire in March 2016 when the City received a TechHire community designation from the Obama Administration. The designation signified Raleigh’s commitment to piloting programs that offer non-traditional training opportunities in the field of technology. Raleigh TechHire focused on using the skills and resources available in our government, business, and community organizations to help create or expand career pathways and opportunities for those unemployed or underemployed in our community. The public desire to see more programs and services to help create access to opportunities was also a common theme in the City’s Community Conversations series.

The Raleigh Pathways Center’s first offering, IT Beginnings, launched on Aug. 21 as the first of what will be many programs available at the center. IT Beginnings, a Raleigh TechHire program, targets young adults age 18-24 who have little or no technical training for a 12-week program that provides participants the opportunity to earn an industry recognized IT credential and learn valuable leadership and job skills. Participants of the program also have the opportunity to meet with IT professionals to learn more about career pathways both in and out of the traditional tech industry.

“CAWD’s partnership with the City of Raleigh and Wake Tech is based on a shared vision,” said CAWD Executive Director Pat Sturdivant. “We all strive to make our community better. CAWD is excited about being a partner in the opening of the Raleigh Pathway Center to provide education, training, and services to support our citizens on a pathway to success.”

Students and instructors from the program will be available at Monday’s news conference to share early experiences and impressions of the IT Beginnings program.

IT Beginnings provides a first step or entry into our region’s fairly robust tech offerings; where program participants have options to continue their training and education, pursue a career in IT or use the skills gained to help launch entrepreneurial ventures.

In addition to Raleigh TechHire programs, the Raleigh Pathways Center houses the Youth Services division, including Partnership Raleigh, a public-private partnership between the City of Raleigh and the local business community to employ young adults who live in Raleigh. In the future, CAWDB is preparing to offer GED preparation courses and Wake Tech is exploring additional career skills training opportunities at the center. CAWDB will also lead an advisory workgroup including representatives from the community and businesses to aid in the development and planning of expanded service and program offerings at the center.

For more information, contact

  • Marchell Adams-David, Assistant City Manager, 919-996-4656
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