Human Resources Development (HRD) is a state-funded program administered by the North Carolina Community College System. HRD focuses on the development of basic workplace skills by providing skill assessment services, employability skills training, and career development counseling to unemployed and underemployed adults. There is an HRD program in all 58 community colleges.

The HRD Program is student-centered and focuses on the creation of developmental activities geared toward: (1) the acquisition of work-related and family self-sufficiency skills, (2) the establishment of a variety of options for upgrading employment-related skills, and (3) the development of proactive outreach and instructional and case management strategies to help students reach their goals. HRD directs attention away from hardships and looks for opportunities. Participants are taught to focus on healthy perceptions, optimism, creative choices, and positive expectations. Instead of perceiving themselves as victims, participants learn to reconstruct their attitudes/behaviors and become more open to new experiences.

Local colleges have the flexibility to customize the scope and duration of courses to meet the customized needs of their community and/or targeted populations. Thus, HRD programs offer both short-term training classes, usually 4 to 10 hours, in addition to their traditional employability skills courses that are offered from 40 to 115 hours. Course offerings include topics such as:

  • Computer Technology for the Workplace
  • Job Smart for the 21st Century
  • Interview, Resume, Application (IRA) Workshop
  • NC Works
  • On Target for Employment
  • Strategies for Career Success
  • Transitions to Employment

HRD courses are free to qualified participants. Qualified participants are unemployed, have been notified of a layoff, or underemployed. Underemployed individuals are working part time and/or are eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

Course Offerings

Human Resources Development (HRD) Schedule


Ronnie Peacock
HRD Director
Office 228, Barnes Building, Rocky Mount Campus
(252) 823-5166, ext. 362