Free Career Readiness Certifications Available to First 10 Clients


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The R3 Center is offering numerous career development workshops and resume clinics in September for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. All of the programs are provided free-of-charge.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Employability Lab is now available at the R3 Center in Kannapolis. The lab will be open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome.

“The Employability Lab is a great edition to R3, because our clients will be able to work with an instructor on tools they are learning in R3 workshops and their individual coaching sessions,” said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Center. “In the lab, clients will also be able to work on a certification that helps recognize an individual’s current skill set called Career Readiness Certification.”

To mark this exciting occasion, 10 selected clients entering the lab in September will receive a scholarship and take the required testing for the certification (Work Keys) for FREE!

Each Wednesday in September, the R3 Center will have “R3 Clinics” available at the NC Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions/JobLink Career Centers in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties. The clinics will feature New Client Launch Appointments, Resume Screening, Career Coaching and R3 Workshops. Clients wanting to attend an R3 Clinic are asked to call 704-216-3664 to schedule an appointment. The Workshop schedule for September will be:

  • September 4: Stand Out from the Competition
  • September 11: Looking for Work as a 20-Something
  • September 21: Interview Techniques

The clinics are designed to be quick and informative. For over six years the R3 Center has provided advanced career services to job seekers. These mobile R3 Clinics are a great way to meet new clients and work closer with JobLink partners.

Salisbury Location:

DWS/JobLink Center

1904 South Main Street

Salisbury, NC 28144

 Concord Location:

DWS/JobLink Center

2275 Kannapolis Hwy.

Concord, NC 28027

 For those looking to attend workshops onsite at the R3 Career Center, services are offered at 200 West Ave., in Kannapolis. The R3 Center is a career development center established by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to assist displaced workers, those who are unemployed or under-employed.

The center’s mission is built on three Rs – a refocus on individual skills and interests, retraining and further education, and partnering with other workforce development agencies to secure career-oriented re-employment.

The center’s September schedule of workshops includes the following sessions. Due to the popularity of its free sessions, the R3 Center strongly encourages clients to call in advance to reserve a place (704-216-7201).

New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for persons who have never attended an R3 Center workshop or taken advantage of its other services. New Client Launch appointments are available Monday-Friday and can be made by calling 704-216-7201.

The calendar also includes the following workshops:

  • Identifying Your Career Options – 9 a.m. on September 6, and 11 a.m. on September 26;
  • Interview Techniques – 9 a.m. on September 13;
  • Networking Methods – 9 a.m. on September 9;
  • Stand Out from the Competition – 9 a.m. on September 27;
  • Looking for Work at 50+ – 9 a.m. on September 12 and 30;
  • Looking for Work with a Criminal Record –11 a.m. on September 19;
  • Letter Writing for the Job Seeker – 11 a.m. on September 17;
  • Online Job Hunting – 2 p.m. on September 16.

The R3 Center also will offer multiple resume clinics to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from start to finish. Please call to reserve a seat. The resume clinics are scheduled for:

  • 9 a.m. Sept. 5, and 17;
  • 2 p.m. Sept. 10.

The R3 Center helps adult workers assess their skills, aptitudes, training and academic credentials, and future career interests to develop an action plan for career growth. All R3 Center services are provided free-of-charge. The center’s normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The R3 Center partners with other workforce development agencies, including the Centralina Workforce Development Board, JobLink Career Centers of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, N.C. Department of Commerce- Division of Workforce Solutions, and other area community colleges.

For more information about the R3 Center and its services and programs, please call 704-216-7201, or visit the center’s website at www.rccc.edu/r3/.

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