Federal Reserve Bank Event Highlights Career Headlight as an Innovative Tool

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) hosted bankers, foundations and community leaders for an event where the development of Centralina's Career Headlight was highlighted as a new tool for job seekers.

The event was held on June 13 at the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve and focused on the need for innovative strategies to promote recruitment and training for the emerging workforce needs within the region.

Centralina's Workforce Development Board, in collaboration with Centralina Council of Governments and other regional partners, launched Career Headlight, a web-based career tool to help career seekers identify careers and jobs available in our region, the skills required for those positions, and where to get the necessary training for these jobs. 

Ray Owens, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor for Richmond Fed spoke on the economic value of using a data-based approach to closing the job skills gap. Other speakers included Victor Galloway, Community Affairs Specialist with the FDIC, whose comments supported the value of data-based platforms, like Career Headlight, to match students and those seeking to advance their earning potential, with interests, careers, projected compensation and educational/training resource as a way to reduce the growing problem of high education debt. 

In addition to being highlighted at the Federal Reserve Bank Event, Career Headlight continues to receive national recognition, including an Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). 

“We are in the quality of life business,” commented Michael Johnson, Statesville Mayor Pro Tem and Chair of the Centralina Council of Governments, “and quality of life is supported by economic and job growth.  That’s why we continue to focus on the development and deployment of programs and services that help each of our 65 cities and nine counties within our region that promote growing jobs and the economy, improving quality of life while controlling cost of government.  We are extremely proud of the fact that we are rapidly becoming national leaders in supporting the development of vibrant, economically strong communities.”

CLICK HERE for a video presentation on how Centralina Career Headlight links our region's workforce, education and job market or contact Kelly Weston at kweston@centralina.org  or 704-348-2728.  

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