July 14, 2024

After delay, Center for Workforce Development Building opens Jan. 2014


This archived article was written by: Ashley Stilson

After months of anticipation, the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) is officially opening in January 2014, ready to provide the public with links to the business world.
The former ceramics building on 300 East on the USU Eastern campus is becoming a community resource for those looking to enter the workforce or prepare for college. CWD is an easily accessible community resource, providing a one-stop for anyone seeking certificates and degrees or help with entering the workforce.
The CWD has many activities to celebrate the opening of the new building. Starting Dec. 12, the committee will be providing free food at the women’s basketball game at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball game at 7:30 p.m. Along with information about the CWD services, free promotional items will be available and Harvey, the CWD mascot, will be introduced.
Open to the public, the CWD will officially open Jan. 8 with a ribbon cutting and an open house. The CWD staff will be providing food, door prizes, a Frisbee contest and tours of the remodeled building. “We are very excited for the opening of the Center for Workforce Development building,” Ethan Migliori said. Migliori is director of non-credit training at the CWD. He continued, “This building is one of the culminations of the Chancellor’s vision for the college. The colleges mission statement gives clear directive for us to be the best community partner possible. This new Center allows the college to foster community partnerships to a higher level for the betterment of the students, businesses and community.”
An open “Freeze-bee” golf tournament will take place Jan. 15, complete with chili, hot chocolate and winners of the tournament. Players are encouraged to play Frisbee golf on-campus anytime between Jan. 13-15 and turn in their scorecards by Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. when the winners will be announced.
The CWD has many student services for those wishing to enter the workforce. They provide students with assessment and testing in basic job skills, college readiness and career advising. They also offer comprehensive learning plans, job placement and internships.
Stacy Abbott, UCAP specialist, monitors the requests for interns from local companies. “I also keep a running database of students who are interested in obtaining an internship,” she said. “I then try to connect those companies and students together.”
The CWD doesn’t only provide students with services; they have many community services as well. CWD offers small business startup and expansion, customized training, economic gardening for larger companies, and internships.
Small and large business, students and community members can all benefit from the services of CWD so mark the calendars for upcoming events.