Human Resources Development

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

IRA Workshop (Interviews, Résumés & Application) Workshop

This workshop focuses on guidelines for writing effective résumés and cover letters, preparing for job interviews, and filling out job applications. Courses are offered on campus and at the NC Works Career Center.

Dates Days Times
November 27–30 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
December 18–21 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
January 2–5 Tuesday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
January 16–19 Tuesday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
January 29–February 1 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
February 12–15 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
February 26–March 1 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
March 12–15 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
March 26–29 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
April 23–26 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
May 7–10 Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Career Readiness Strategies

This course helps individuals prepare for Career Readiness Certification. Sessions focus on the three sections of the CRC: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. Students take practice tests after they review, preparing them for the actual CRC Test. Classes are offered on campus and at Rocky Mount OIC.

Dates Days Times
December 4–7 Monday–Thursday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
February 5–9 Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
March 5–9 Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
April 2–6 Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
May 7–11 Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Roadmap to Re-Entry

This course focuses on those who are seeking to return to the workforce but may not have the best background. Topics include time management skills, interview skills, résumé writing, goal setting, job retention skills, and more. The two-week class meets at the NC Works Career Center.

Dates Days
December 4–14 Monday–Thursday
January 2–11 Monday–Friday
February 5–15 Monday–Friday
March 5–15 Monday–Friday
April 2–12 Monday–Friday


Sylvia Hinton-Grant
HRD Director
Office 158, Fleming Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 618-6611