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Wilsonians get help to train young workers

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A new initiative is pairing Wilson leaders with state resources designed to get young adults trained and participating in the workforce.

“We hope through our participation in Our State, Our Work hosted by Carolina Across 100, we will identify strategies to connect young adults with living wage employment opportunities that already exist in Wilson,” said Wilson Forward Executive Director Paula Benson. “We will leverage the strong relationships and network in the Wilson community to work effectively and efficiently with the resources and expertise that will be shared over the next two years.”



Wilson is among 37 counties selected for Our State, Our Work with the initiative kicking off this month and participants gathering in September at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a forum to identify resources for communities to help “opportunity youths,” who are 16- to 24-year olds not in school or working.

Wilson’s participation in the initiative was spurred by the findings in the Youth Master Plan of Wilson that sought to improve area students’ education and career outcomes. Wilson Forward is leading the effort with assistance from the city of Wilson, the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Wilson County Schools and Wilson Community College.

“As our state addresses inequities created and exacerbated by COVID-19, Carolina Across 100 will connect young people with education and living wage employment opportunities in North Carolina by bringing community leaders from across the state together to collaborate and bolster one another’s work,” UNC Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz said in a release.

Participating communities will come together throughout the next two years to develop resources and implement evidence-based programs, career counseling, micro-credential training and technical assistance for companies to hire youths as well as grant-writing assistance for funding opportunities.

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Lidl says it’s dropping the price on more than 100 popular items this summer.

“As many families contend with rising prices due to inflation, we hope to ease their financial burden at the checkout counter by investing even more to lower our prices,” said Lidl U.S. President and CEO Michal Lagunionek. “This price-cutting drive is part of Lidl’s ongoing commitment to offer the best value in every community we serve.”

The price cuts include savings of up to $1.24 on items including produce, meat, frozen food, dried goods, drinks and paper items. The discounts are expected to last through August.

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Wilson County partners facilitating local participation in the University of North Carolina’s Carolina Across 100 initiative are designated as Team 12 in this map of 13 teams representing 37 North Carolina counties participating in the initiative’s Our State, Our Work program.  Contributed photo

Wilson County partners facilitating local participation in the University of North Carolina’s Carolina Across 100 initiative are designated as Team 12 in this map of 13 teams representing 37 North Carolina counties participating in the initiative’s Our State, Our Work program. Contributed photo