Print
In Other News

CFCC Working To Help Former TRU Colors Employees

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 13, 2022
After TRU Colors employees were informed last Wednesday that they’d be out of a job by Friday, local organizations have jumped in to assist them to find new roles

Cape Fear Community College is providing resources and training to help the former employees enhance their employment skills, according to a CFCC release shared Tuesday. 

The assistance is the result of a collaboration between CFCC, The Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development and the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board. 

"Cape Fear Community College is well-positioned to support TRU Colors employees as they take the next step in their careers," CFCC president Jim Morton said in the release. "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 closed permanently Friday after its CEO announced the brewery, which employs rival gang members, could not secure the investment funding necessary to continue. Investment funds dried up due to unfavorable media reports, the CEO said in a letter explaining the decision. 

These employees’ job prospects are somewhat slim, considering many have criminal histories. One of TRU Colors’ missions was to reduce street violence. 

Former TRU Colors chief people officer, Khalilah Olokunola, organized a “pink slip party” at the brewery to connect staff to employment resources. In a social media post, Olokunola said the party and off-boarding plan had shown “some success.” 

In the CFCC release, Olokunola said she was thankful for the new CFCC 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,” she said in the release. “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."

John Downing, CFCC vice president of economic and workforce development, said the brewery wants to help its employees and welcomed assistance. "Mt. Calvary Center will provide outreach and case management services, and the CFWBD 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."

Employers or those interested in assisting should contact CFCC workforce training coordinator Erin Easton at 910-362-7883 or [email protected].
 
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
2022052 75 142344351

Bridging Futures: The Case for Toll Funding in Wilmington’s Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Revamp

Natalie English - Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Pfinder john zachary

Back to the Basics: Required Minimum Distributions

John B Zachary - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
Jordain 422430214

How to Solve Impossible Problems

Jordan Cain - APPROVE

Trending News

Greenfield Amphitheater Could Get New Seating, More Space

Emma Dill - Jun 12, 2024

Chamber Announces 40 Under 40 Winners

Staff Reports - Jun 11, 2024

Grimmburger Food Truck To Open Brick-and-mortar Location At The Forum

Emma Dill - Jun 11, 2024

Protocase Selects Wilmington For Its First US Expansion

Emma Dill - Jun 12, 2024

Seabird Chef Calls James Beard Awards 'a Win' Even Without Top Prize

Staff Reports - Jun 11, 2024

In The Current Issue

Convenience Store Chains Expand

At a community meeting in mid-May, officials from the Pennsylvania-based company announced 10 sites they’re eyeing for a Wawa....


Airport Projects Expected To Fuel Economy

The parking improvements, coupled with the widening of 23rd Street and the ongoing noise study, are efforts to prepare for the airport’s cur...


CFCC, UNCW Expand Programs

Health care industry training programs have been getting a boost....

Book On Business

The 2024 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2024 Power Breakfast: The Next Season