Monday, September 26, 2022

Community partners offer former TRU Colors employees resources, job training

Tru Colors (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON — After last week’s announcement that TRU Colors would close Sept. 9, focus shifted toward the aftereffects it would have on its employees.

TRU employed active, rival gang members with the hope that providing adequate income and work and life training, as well as strengthening ties socially, would bring down violent crime rates community wide. There wasn’t a number revealed as to how many people would be laid off from the brewery’s closure; last fall, its press team confirmed 65 people worked at TRU.

“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 a press 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.”

CFCC assisted Friday in providing resources and training, including résumé writing and interview skills.

Monday, Mount Calvary Center, 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.

“This is an opportunity to connect in a safe space and spark conversations that may direct employees toward a new path,” Khalilah Olokunola, former chief people officer at TRU, said in a press release. “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.”

Employers or community members interested in assisting can contact: Erin Easton at 910-362-7883 or

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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