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Cherokee Workforce Collaborative

The Cherokee Workforce Collaborative is a united, community-based partnership created by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) to strengthen Cherokee’s pipeline of skilled workers. This collaborative was developed in direct response to the needs identified in the Opportunity Cherokee Economic Development Strategy, which served as the blueprint for the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative Implementation Plan.

There is no better place to engage with the local business community and hear about the needs of existing and future industry than the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative. Workforce development is an investment in our future and the key ingredient to ensuring Cherokee remains a leader in economic and workforce development.

Steve Payne · Curriculum Coordinator (CTAE: Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education), Cherokee County School District

Cherokee Workforce Collaborative

Some of the most significant achievements of the Cherokee Workforce Collaborate over the past year include the development of free internship templates for local employers, the creation of a comprehensive database of local industry sectors hiring Work-Based Learning students, and coordination with the Cherokee County School District to ensure CTAE offerings match current and future industry demands. The collaborative is also working with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development on the development of a comprehensive clearinghouse for jobs, internships, and workforce development initiatives on the COED website, which is expected to launch in the coming months.

The collaborative meets regularly and consists of the following committees:

  • Internships Committee
  • Innovative Career Preparation Committee
  • Business and Education Alliances Committee

CWC Summer Internship Program

The Cherokee Workforce Collaborative, a community partnership created by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) to strengthen Cherokee’s pipeline of skilled workers and meet the needs of existing and future industry, has partnered with the Cherokee County School District to launch Cherokee County’s first-ever paid Summer Internship Program for high school juniors and seniors.

The six-week internship program features a select group of Cherokee-based employers, including FactoryMation, Jaipur Living, Maxis Engineering, NeoMed Inc., R&D Mechanical Services, Roytec Industries LLC, Universal Alloy Corporation, and the YANMAR EVO//CENTER.

Cherokee’s mentorship-based internship program is a great way for students to gain real-world experience within a wide range of career pathways and fine-tune their skills. Roytec Industries is proud to partner with the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative in providing high school students with an invaluable internship experience that prepares this generation of students for tomorrow’s workforce.

Chris Sizemore · Workforce Collaborative Internships Committee Member · Vice-President of Operations, Roytec Industries, LLC

Cherokee Summer Internship Program benefits include:

  • Real-world paid experience
  • An interactive work environment focused on mentorship
  • Early exposure to a wide-range of career pathways
  • References for a job well done
  • The notoriety of being a part of Cherokee’s first-ever summer internship program
  • Invaluable, resume-building work experience
  • A rewarding summer job close to home

Learn more about this collaborative by reaching out to the COED team.