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Cape Fear Community College Assists Tru Colors Employees after Company Closure

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Wilmington, NC – In collaboration with Mt. Calvary Center and the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board, CFCC connects Tru Colors employees to career training resources and support.

Cape Fear Community College is working to assist Tru Colors employees after the company’s closure last week. CFCC provides resources and training to help individuals looking to enhance their employment skills.

“Cape Fear Community College is well-positioned to support Tru Colors employees as they take the next step in their careers,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. “Our workforce development team is talking with employees about training options at Cape Fear and helping them navigate the process. Tru Colors employees have already committed to changing the trajectories of their lives, and we are happy to help them continue on a positive path.”

“Tru Colors wants to assist their employees and welcomed us in to help,” said John Downing, CFCC’s Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development. “Mt. Calvary Center will provide outreach and case management services, and the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board will provide financial assistance for training at CFCC to eligible Tru Colors employees. This collaborative effort will ensure Tru Colors employees have great options in the future.”

Interview and Job Training

On Friday, CFCC staff worked with Tru Colors employees to review resume writing and interview skills and inform them about educational and training opportunities available at CFCC. On Monday, September 12, Mount Calvary Center, the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board, and local hiring managers visited Tru Colors to meet potential employees and discuss options for financial assistance for job training.

A Community Effort

Khalilah (KO) Olokunola, the former Chief People Officer at Tru Colors, is assisting Tru Colors’ employees in their transition. She is thankful for the partnership.

“This is an opportunity to connect in a safe space and spark conversations that may direct employees toward a new path. Education and opportunity are great equalizers, and support and wrap-around services are key. You can’t be a professional success when faced with overwhelming personal challenges. I appreciate the outpouring of support from the community, and I am hopeful the scaffolding we’ve put in place here and the work we’ve done at Tru Colors will help these individuals as they move forward.”

Employers or community members interested in assisting with this effort should contact Erin Easton, Workforce Training Coordinator at CFCC, at 910-362-7883 or eeaston@cfcc.edu .

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