The SchermCo team was brought on by Emily to play a project manager role for RENEW.
“These programs require a lot of coordination and collaboration to be successfully implemented, and I knew SchermCo would be the type of firm to successfully manage all those assets,” she says.
This role involved everything from tracking participant outcomes to career event coordination. This meant working alongside Goodwill and the Urban League of Charlotte to coordinate career fairs, Mentor Mondays, lunch and learn programs, hiring events and more.
Another large part of SchermCo’s role involved the management of the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC). This was a 150+ member council of industry, corporate and non-profit partners to connect employers directly with RENEW participants. SchermCo hosted meetings once a quarter with the CAC and helped connect participants to relevant CAC members for career opportunities.
Other duties for the SchermCo team involved handling many of the administrative tasks related to running a program of this size. This included invoicing, payment reconciliation, and generally keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes. It also included monthly and weekly check-ins with the City of Charlotte, United League of the Carolinas, and Goodwill to support outcomes tracking, coordinate CAC involvement, and troubleshoot any employment-related barriers.
SchermCo is proud to be a part of launching the RENEW program in Charlotte, and like Cantrell, believes this type of workforce development can and should be replicated elsewhere.
“I think it created a model for success in the community that I hope is replicated across other industries,” Cantrell says. “The model has a lot of potential and the blood, sweat, and tears in getting it off the ground has demonstrated this collaborative approach can make a difference.”