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Professional Career Center Opens Uptown

Oct 09, 2009 Displaced professionals have a new resource to help them get back to work. The Professional Career Center opened its doors last week on the second floor at 525 N. Tryon Street.

“The Professional Career Center is public/private collaboration at its best,” said Robert Fish, chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board. “A diverse group of companies and public entities provided their expertise, services and products to help regional professionals mine every opportunity to get back in the workforce.”

Part of the Charlotte Regional Recovery Initiative, convened by Gov. Bev Perdue earlier this year to address the needs of displaced workers, the Professional Career Center is an Uptown Charlotte work environment with all the tools that job-seeking professionals need, from computer workstations and telephone access to conference/meeting space. The center also offers a wealth of support services, including daily workshops, entrepreneurial resources and individual career counseling.

The Professional Career Center is made possible through the support of Ajilon, Bank of America, Career Builder, Charlotte Business Journal, Comsys, Duke Energy, EDS, HP, Infra-source, Integra Staffing, Jigsaw, Lee Hecht Harrison, Lowe’s, MetLife, Microsoft, Time Warner Cable and TransAmerica. Preferred Parking is offering special rates at a nearby lot for the center’s patrons.

The Professional Career Center is just one of the professional back-to-work efforts coordinated by the Regional Recovery Initiative team. Others include ProNetCharlotte.com, regional ProNet networking groups, BizBoost for small businesses and FastTrac training for entrepreneurs.

The Regional Recovery Initiative team consists of representatives from Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Regional Partnership, city of Charlotte, local JobLink Career Centers and the North Carolina Community College System. It also includes the North Carolina Employment Security Commission; Small Business and Technology Development Center; The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and the Centralina, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Gaston Workforce Development Boards.

Story also featured on The Charlotte Observer website (copy and past link into your browser): http://www.charlotteobserver.com/business/story/1005841.html Charlotte Business Journal website: http://charlotte.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2009/10/12/story8.html

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