Governor Roy Cooper has declared October 2019 as Workforce Development Professionals Month! For complete details on what this month means to both the governor’s office and the Workforce Development professionals throughout the state of North Carolina, read Governor Cooper’s proclamation below.
We at the Triangle South Workforce Development Board, are pleased to work with a multitude of Workforce Development professionals who are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our local job seekers and employers each and every day. We are truly grateful for your hard work and commitment and are glad that you have chosen to serve under our local board.
This month, we wanted to take the opportunity to recognize a few of our own Workforce Development Professionals, that have achieved some phenomenal accomplishments throughout this past year.
As a Career Advisor II, Gloria has spent the last 24 years providing employment services to job seekers at the NCWorks Career Center in Sampson County. She conducts interviews with Career Center clientele to determine the appropriate level of service provision needed to meet their needs and works extensively with these clients to identify their barriers to employment so that they can overcome them and obtain their desired career. Gloria also spends time working with local employers to assist them with posting jobs and recruiting employees.
Gloria demonstrates exceptional customer service and actively participates in Integrated Service Delivery by working and cross-training with and in various Career Center positions. She is very knowledgeable of the WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, and Wagner Peyser Programs and is always willing to share pertinent information with other staff members. In 2012, at the first Triangle South Workforce Development Board Awards Banquet, Gloria was selected as our first Outstanding Adult and Dislocated Worker Case Manager Award recipient.
Gloria is a quick learner and a very productive employee. She is always willing to take on other assignments and tasks as needed to satisfy our customers’ needs. Gloria consistently develops and promotes a positive image of the workforce development system. Gloria has earned her Certified Development Facilitator credential, and earlier this year, she became a certified NCWorks Training Champion.
Malinda Marsh serves as the NCWorks Career Center – Chatham County Coordinator in Pittsboro, NC for Central Carolina Community College and the Triangle South Workforce Development Board. As the Coordinator, Malinda is responsible for the overall management of the NCWorks Career Center and oversees the implementation of Integrated Service Delivery through the one-stop network for all Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs and partners in the county.
Malinda has worked with local, state and federal government and not-for-profit organizations in assisting individuals with multiple barriers to employment for several years. She is dedicated to promoting the services available within the Career Center to both employers and job seekers in an effort to strengthen the workforce and economy in Chatham County. Her dedication to workforce development has led to her installation as President of the North Carolina Employment and Training Association (NCETA).
As the NCETA President, Malinda oversees a Board comprised of a diverse group of professionals representing all levels and aspects of workforce development in North Carolina and ensures all workforce professionals have access to quality, affordable and accessible staff development and training opportunities. Earlier this year, Malinda was certified as an NCWorks Training Champion.
Angela Cobb served as a Career Advisor and Case Manager for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program at the NCWorks Career Center in Lee County. During her tenure with the Career Center, Angela was responsible for assisting trade affected workers, advising participants who seek guidance with their job search, developing individualized Career Action Plans and addressed participant barriers to employment through appropriate service provision and referrals. Angela accurately entered job order information for employers into NCWorks Online and developed cooperative working relationships with Center partners and other local service providers. Angela coordinated with partner agencies to provide seminars/workshops, and willingly represented the NCWorks Career Center at community job fairs.
Shortly after Angela took over the TAA program, Static Control, a Lee County employer, had a major layoff of 238 employees. The employer was approved for a new Trade petition that potentially affected over 600 former employees. Angela organized the necessary resources for her co-workers so that they were able to successfully meet the additional traffic in the center. She planned two mass orientations (one in English
and one in Spanish) that were so successful that her model is still being used across the state for other mass lay-off events.
Although Angela has moved on to pursue a career with the Department of Social Services, the TSWDB wanted to take the time to recognize her many contributions to our local area.
Maribel Abrego works as a WIOA partner with the NCWorks Career Center of Sampson County through the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) with the Telamon Corporation. She provides information and education to the community about available programs and resources and conducts assessments to identify qualified participants during daily outreach, both inside and outside of the Career Center. Maribel serves as a liaison between clients and the NFJP and helps qualified individuals complete the enrollment process. She provides various education and support services to her clients including clothing needs, transportation, and housing. Recently, Maribel became certified as a Pesticide and Safety trainer for farmworkers through the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Program.
Maribel is an active participant at Career Center meetings, and always attends events sponsored by the Career Center. She is innovative and is constantly seeking new ways to reach participants through various outreach methods. She worked diligently in the Sampson County community to share information pertaining to the 4th Sampson County Job Fair and is always available to provide Spanish Translation to individuals who speak English as a Second Language.
Maribel is a team player and has been employed with Telamon Corporation for over 20 years. She is always striving to improve her techniques and constantly works to accommodate all of those around her. She is a dedicated employee that is hardworking and thoroughly enjoys helping others.