Veterans may face significant barriers that make it difficult for them to find suitable employment, when transitioning back into civilian life. Currently, NC Government is the single largest employer in the State. Veterans and disabled veterans receive preference when applying for state, county and local government jobs in North Carolina.

 “It shall be the policy of the State of North Carolina that, in appreciation for their service to this State and this country during a period of war, and in recognition of the time and advantage lost toward the pursuit of a civilian career, veterans shall be granted preference in employment with every State department, agency, and institution. “ ~NCGS 126-80, Article 13

One example of the State’s efforts to resolve veteran’s unemployment problem is (NC4ME).

North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME) is a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to make NC the number one state for military employment. Established by the Governor in 2015, NC4ME leverages existing workforce development resources and technology to implement an employer-centric strategy that:

  • Educates NC’s business leaders on the value of hiring a military workforce,
  • Shows small businesses and human resource professionals how to hire military personnel, and
  • Connects military talent to open jobs, education, and training opportunities in North Carolina.

By centering its focus on the "demand side" of the employment equation, NC4ME serves as a perfect complement to the vast number of programs currently preparing veterans for civilian employment and gives a much needed boost to military job seekers in North Carolina. More than just the "right thing" to do, hiring veterans drives business results for North Carolina's employers and economic growth for our state. Please join us as we help NC businesses to better utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our veterans and service members. Together we will make North Carolina the #1 state for military employment.

Steering Committee:

Secretary Larry Hall
NC Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs

Lt. Gen. Gary McKissock
​NC Military Affairs Commission

MG Gregory Lusk
Adjutant General
NC National Guard

BG (Ret) JR Gorham
Special Assistant
NC Department of Public Safety

Will Collins
Assistant Secretary
NC Department of Commerce

Ilario Pantano
Senior Director
Institute for Veterans & Military Families

Stuart Ruffin
Deputy Director
NC Military Foundation

Binu Thomas
Vice President
MetLife Global Technology & Operations

Michael Veysey
Director of Veterans Programs
Cisco Systems

Kimberly Williams
Executive Director, NC4ME
CHO, City of Jacksonville

Leadership Team:

Kimberly Williams
Executive Director, NC4ME
CHO, City of Jacksonville

Ron Bogle
State Chair
Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve

​SSG Adam Davis
Education & Employment Center
NC National Guard

​Hallie Hawkins
NC Society for Human Resource Management

Pam Howze
​Director of Veterans Programs
NC Division of Workforce Solutions

Paula Kukulinski
Director, Talent Management
NC Office of State Human Resources

James Simpson
Project Manager
NC for Military Employment

Derrick Ware
Cheif Executive Officer
Atriad Partners

Kelli Willoughby
Troop and Family Programs Director
USO of North Carolina

NC Works

Veteran Services

Home to nearly 800,000 veterans and several major military installations, North Carolina has a distinguished history in serving the U.S. military, veterans, and their families. The N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions provides job seeker services for veterans, transitioning service members, and eligible spouses.

How It Works

Veterans can visit their NCWorks Career Center and take advantage of the following no-cost services:

  • Career assessments
  • Labor market information
  • Access to training opportunities, job fairs, and workshops
  • Job interview preparation
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Assistance with NCWorks Online
  • Access to computers and free Internet service
  • Help applying for federal employment and training programs in which veterans receive priority of service

Some veterans face significant barriers that make it difficult for them to find suitable employment, especially vets who are transitioning into civilian life. Most offices have specialized staff—all of whom are veterans—who work closely with employers to create more opportunities for veterans and provide the following services to veterans themselves:

  • Help developing an employability plan and goals
  • Coaching in individual and group settings
  • Referrals to supportive services, including vocational rehabilitation, transportation, elder care, food and nutrition services, and non-profit organizations that address homelessness

The following criteria are considered significant barriers to employment:

  • Disabilities
  • Homelessness
  • Unemployed for at least 27 weeks
  • Criminal background (released within the last 12 months)
  • No high school diploma or GED
  • Low income
  • Between 18-24 years old

NCWorks Online

The state’s official job-search website, NCWorks Online gives veterans access to job postings for 24 hours before they are made available to the general public. The system provides information on training opportunities, local services, and other resources available to veterans. Employers can also search exclusively for candidates who are veterans.

NCWorks Apprenticeships

Veterans participating in NCWorks Apprenticeships can continue to draw benefits from the GI Bill, even though they are employed as part of an apprenticeship. Learn more about apprenticeships.

How to Apply

Contact your NCWorks Career Center to find out more about other resources, programs, and services available.

Veterans can also use NCWorks Online to look for jobs and training opportunities in their areas. Registration is free.

NC Licensing Boards

NC is now offering Veterans with certain Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) credit toward several NC License occupations.  In reference to NC General Assembly Session Law 2014-67, License Boards representing several NC License occupations have been required to provide a process to recognize military training in pursuing a licensed occupation in NC. 

NC Licensing Boards Directory and Contact (see page 18 in the Resource Guide)