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GOVERNING: The Education Investment States Should Be Making

GOVERNING: The Education Investment States Should Be Making

Now completing its second year of offering reduced cost training for occupations with lots of openings across the Commonwealth, Virginia Community Colleges workforce credential programs are meeting the needs of business and industry by preparing individuals for these skilled jobs. In addition to tuition assistance, occupational training and certifications, Fast Forward programs offer career coaching and other support services, when needed.  CCWA and other colleges throughout the state are being recognized nationally for their success in getting more than 8,000 Virginians trained and prepared to launch new careers in a matter of weeks or months.

Read this recent article from GOVERNING:
https://www.governing.com/columns/public-money/gov-skills-gap.html

Summer 2019 Schedule

Summer 2019 Schedule

Refreshing or adding skills to your professional portfolio creates outstanding results for your next project, daily tasks or a career search. To enhance your personal and professional development, CCWA’s summer classes are offered in-class and online. And, explore our fast track industry credentials in the areas of healthcare, manufacturing, education, logistics, and trades (HVAC and Electrical). These certifications have assisted thousands to find new opportunities in high-demand jobs throughout the region while helping employers with recruitment and development needs.

Stand out this summer! Click here for our schedule of classes (PDF) or visit our online registration for more information.


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Preventing Workplace Accidents in the RVA

Preventing Workplace Accidents in the RVA

Preventing Workplace Accidents in the Greater Richmond Region ~ CCWA Provides FREE OSHA-10 Construction Training to Employers! ~ By Wes Smith, Interim Assistant Vice President for Workforce Development

Accidents are one thing, but deaths in the workplace are another. Did you know that in 2017 there were 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry? To make matters worse for the construction industry, 20.7% of these deaths were construction related. OSHA has stated that the leading causes of death (excluding traffic collisions) are caused by four primary accident areas, which they’ve titled the “Fatal Four.” These include falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. The “Fatal Four” are responsible for 59.9% of the deaths which occur in the construction industry. That percentage is why OSHA routinely holds more inspections on construction companies vs. other sectors. In 2018, there were over 32,000 inspections completed by OSHA.

Accidents are incredibly preventable when workers and employers put an emphasis on safety and set standards and responsibilities for safety protocols. Outside of death and accidents, there’s another reason for job seekers, employees, and employers to focus on safety. Simply put, it’s bad for business. When federal OSHA inspections are completed, most companies receive multiple citations. After compiling all of the data from these citations, OSHA was able to identify the most frequent citations. These include falls, hazard communication, scaffolding, ladders, respiratory protection, lockout/tag-out, powered industrial trucks, fall protection, machine guarding, and eye and face protection.

It is for the reasons mentioned above that the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) has decided to engage with industries to get more Virginians certified in relevant and life-changing credentials. OSHA-10 Construction Certification involves ten hours of instruction, and typically comes at a financial cost to the individual or the employer. This cost barrier stops many individuals from receiving training each year. It’s a proven fact that individuals who are formally trained and certified are safer in the workplace not only for themselves but for everyone around them. A safe employee adds value in many ways to a company. This is why it’s normal to see construction and industrial companies make safety a top priority.

CCWA will be hosting its first free OSHA-10 Construction training class on May 2nd & 3rd. CCWA is doing this to give back to the community it serves, as well as addressing the importance of industry credentials and life-long learning in the workplace.

If your company is interested in attending or sending staff to this free certification training, then click on the link below for registration or contact us at 804-897-7602. Stay safe out there!

Register for CCWA’s FREE OSHA Class – May 2/3
CCWA Offers Logistics Certifications to Job Seekers and Businesses

CCWA Offers Logistics Certifications to Job Seekers and Businesses

Logistics is the broad pathway for the products we use to reach their final destination, and it’s a booming business in Virginia. According to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the industry has a direct economic output of $11.3 billion and employs over 78,000 people, primarily in trucking, warehousing, and transportation support. Nearly 500 logistics jobs are currently available in the Greater Richmond area, ranging from entry-level to senior management.*

You probably have roles in your own company that fall into the logistics category — supply chain coordinator, transportation manager, warehouse supervisor, or operations manager. But how can you ensure that the people you hire for these roles will enhance your company’s productivity and competitiveness?

CCWA offers the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification program, which covers a wide range of skills necessary for success in the logistics industry. These skills include safety, quality control, supply chain management, receiving, storage, and communications. The program begins with basic logistics knowledge and skills and prepares an individual for entry-level positions by earning a Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certification. The program then moves on to more advanced skills by preparing individuals for the mid-level CLT exam.

View or print the June 2019 CLT/CLA Schedule Flyer (PDF).

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) Courses:
Learn more about the class starting on 07/22/19 (CCWA – Midlothian).

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) Courses:
Learn more about the class starting on 06/24/19 (CCWA – Midlothian).
Learn more about the class starting on 08/27/19 (CCWA – Midlothian).

Skills Covered under Each Credential Area

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)

  1. Global supply chain logistics life cycle
  2. Logistics environment
  3. Material handling equipment
  4. Safety principles
  5. Safe material handling & equipment operation
  6. Quality control principles
  7. Workplace communications
  8. Teamwork & workplace behavior
  9. Using computers

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)

  1. Producing receiving
  2. Product storage
  3. Order processing
  4. Packaging & shipment
  5. Inventory control
  6. Safe handling of hazmat materials
  7. Evaluation of transportation modes
  8. Dispatch & tracking
  9. Measurements & metric conversions

“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War


Summer 2019 Schedule

CCWA – Summer 2019 Schedule of Classes – Download Here

To learn more about the CLA/CLT certification program, scholarships and grant opportunities, just call or email:

Dana Newcomer
Apprenticeship Coordinator
Community College Workforce Alliance
Phone: (804) 523-2289
Email: dnewcomer@ccwa.vccs.edu

*Source: Indeed.com as of 6/1/18

Spring 2019 Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

Seeking new direction for your career or navigating daily tasks and projects? CCWA offers hundreds of fast-track solutions in-class and online – expanding your range of opportunities for professional and personal development. The scope of our programs also includes FastForward credentials with an opportunity to earn an industry-recognized certificate that leads to employment in high-demand industries such as healthcare, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and construction.

Explore our Spring 2019 schedule of classes (PDF) or visit our online registration for more information.


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Military Pathway to Employment

Military Pathway to Employment

CCWA is excited to announce an upcoming training and certification opportunity for the military community. In partnership with Altria and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, CCWA will offer two free Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification courses as part of its summer 2018 programming. Open to all active duty and transitioning service members, as well as their spouses, these MT1 certification courses will provide students with crucial job training, an introduction to regional manufacturers, and a pathway to potential employment. While the tuition for MT1 certification at CCWA is normally valued at over two thousand dollars, a generous grant from Altria will allow CCWA to waive fees for all eligible students.

“The opportunity is a win-win scenario for all involved,” said Wes Smith, CCWA’s Interim AVP of Workforce Development. “Large employers get access to highly-skilled veterans, and participants get an intimate look inside the local manufacturing sector, not to mention national certification and opportunities to interview for available, in-demand jobs.”

Partnering for Employment Opportunities

CCWA’s program for the military community offers a unique focus on employment. In order to integrate the job search process into its curriculum, the program has built relationships with several regional manufacturers. Program partners include leading companies such as Altria, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Concrete Pipe & Precast, Dominion Energy, Gerdau, Service Center Metals, Niagara Bottling, Lutron, Colortree, ITAC, and MGC Advanced Polymers. Class participants will take tours of each employer’s manufacturing facility. Moreover, upon the conclusion of the program, students will be guaranteed interviews for open positions with program partners.

Increasing Earnings

Along with opening doors to potential employers, CCWA’s MT1 certification program aims to improve participants’ overall earning ability. According to a 2017 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage in Virginia for an employee in a production occupation was $37,620. However, with training and certification, employees can move to specialized areas of production and see a substantial increase in pay. For example, the mean annual wage for a Chemical Plant and System Operator in 2017 in Virginia was $49,610. By earning an MT1 certification with CCWA, members of the military community will have the opportunity to build a skillset that increases their long-term earning potential.

What is a Manufacturing Technician?

An MT1 operates precision machinery, systems, and processes in the field of manufacturing. The certification program’s core competency areas focus on math and measurement skills, spatial reasoning and manufacturing technology, and quality and business acumen. Typical skills expected in MT1 positions vary, but usually include CAD skills, computer controlled machine programming, precision measurement, process and machine trouble-shooting, problem-solving, machine maintenance, and proficient use of diagnostic and statistical tools. In general, MT1 positions describe someone who has enough broad-based knowledge about a multi-step process to successfully troubleshoot and solve problems beyond the scope of a typical machine operator.

For more information on CCWA’s MT1 Certification Courses for Veterans, please visit ccwatraining.org/miltarypathways.