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New Position Expands Workforce Development in the Region 

New Position Expands Workforce Development in the Region 

The evolving partnership between the region’s economic and workforce development engines is vital to job seekers, industry, and our region’s growth. Working in a new joint position for both Virginia’s Gateway Region and CCWA, Michelle Rogers will help education and workforce development faculty and staff ensure our programs meet labor market and employer needs. Michelle will also support incoming and expanding businesses in the region access the range of services and resources to develop the workforce they need.

CCWA Assisting in COVID Job Loss Recovery in Region

CCWA Assisting in COVID Job Loss Recovery in Region

CCWA is excited to collaborate with the Capital Region Workforce Partnership (CRWP) and other regional partners in directly connecting to job seekers impacted by COVID-19, thanks to a Go Virginia grant announced last week. Utilizing an information exchange with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the CRWP and CCWA, in partnership with Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges will proactively reach out to the more than 110,000 residents of the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Along with job services, the grant initiative will support the delivery of skills assessments and training to prepare job seekers for re-entry into the workforce. Job seekers accessing a new portal will find chat features and direct phone numbers to job assistance.  The vision is to provide personal outreach to those who have applied for unemployment insurance benefits at a level not previously envisioned.

In the coming weeks, CCWA and CRWP will make initial email contact with individuals receiving unemployment benefits encouraging them to visit a portal organized into “zones” featuring jobs with immediate openings; career interest and aptitude assessments; training and education opportunities; virtual workshops on job searching and interviewing; and, connections to support services such as transportation and child care.

Read more here from the Richmond Times Dispatch (June 23, 2020):

https://www.richmond.com/business/go-virginia-awards-more-than-230-000-in-grants-to-help-with-job-recovery-in/article_9aaca894-4156-5e3f-a517-1c91bcc02281.html

 

Unlock Your Next

Unlock Your Next

CCWA is excited to introduce expanded online training programs, including courses for professional development and to earn industry certifications. Covering topics from manufacturing and logistics to health care and leadership development, our online courses are instructor-led, interactive and packed with content.

When COVID-19 closed classrooms at our four locations, we shifted our course structure to help individuals around the region learn new skills or prepare for career moves, all while staying home. In addition to fully online courses, several classes, such as truck driving and construction, are offered in a hybrid format where participants learn online as well as receive hands-on instruction in small groups.

We invite you to “Unlock Your Next” – it’s just a click away!  Join us online!

Goodwill Partnership Provides Training and Certification for Careers in Manufacturing

Goodwill Partnership Provides Training and Certification for Careers in Manufacturing

Answering the call from industry and now in its third cohort of a Cameron Foundation-funded program, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia collaborating with CCWA, provides an eight-week manufacturing technician training course for individuals who want a career with high recruitment and advancement opportunities.  Students and employers see the benefits of the wrap-around support services and on-site interviews.

Read more about how this partnership is filling a need for regional manufacturers and opening doors to a new career for many. https://goodwillvirginia.org/careers-in-manufacturing/

For information on upcoming MT1 courses, please visit http://ccwatraining.org/mt1/.

CCWA’s FastForward Program: Catching the Growth Tsunami

CCWA’s FastForward Program: Catching the Growth Tsunami

CCWA’s FastForward credential program is making waves in the region. Providing solutions that connect job seekers to careers and meeting the workforce demand for employers, these short-term are offered at no cost or low cost in the areas of manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, construction, customer service, transportation and education. Read more about how CCWA is providing solutions for hundreds annually – proving that it is never too late to start a high-paying, long-term career.

Read this recent article from Reynolds Community College – Campus Happenings:
https://jsrevents.blogspot.com/2020/01/ccwas-fastforward-program-catching.html

Apprenticeship Coordinator Wins Statewide “Rising Star” Award

Apprenticeship Coordinator Wins Statewide “Rising Star” Award

CCWA’s regional coordinator for the American Apprenticeship Initiative, Dana Newcomer, recently received the “Rising Star” award during the HIRE Education Conference hosted by Virginia’s Community Colleges. The award is presented annually to “a college-based faculty or staff member with three or less years of workforce development experience” and for “exemplary potential for future contributions to the field.” Newcomer has led the apprenticeship grant program from the U.S. Department of Labor helping to surpass, a year early, the grant’s goal of training 300 registered apprentices She did this by partnering with companies like Rolls-Royce, Philip Morris USA, DuPont, eCMMS, and ITAC. Her work with employers extends to build internal training programs for incumbent employees.

As Newcomer explains, “I love working with our partners, because they are willing and eager to help us develop programs that ensure incumbent workers receive all they need to upskill and advance in their careers – not just in their companies but also in the industry. There is a real need for skilled workers in our region, and with our partnerships and training programs, we are developing a pipeline of qualified applicants that literally meet the requests of the employers.”

Newcomer was also recognized for her extraordinary work to certify job seekers withFastForward and Complete 2021 credentials and connect them to employment with local manufacturing and logistics companies. A few examples of this work include: the development of a logistics technician training program at Fort Lee for service members and their families, a new pilot for high school graduating seniors in Prince George County that culminated in guaranteed job interviews and a signing day event with a local employer, Standard Motor Products and managing a new grant from the Cameron Foundation with a workforce partner, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia that enhances manufacturing recruitment for industry leaders such as Church & Dwight, Service Center Metals, Gerdau, and Lutron.

In addition to her commitment to employer engagement, creating quality curricula, and enhancing student satisfaction, Newcomer believes strongly in teamwork and values the roles of her colleagues in delivering these programs. We have an amazing team at CCWA and our parent colleges and they have been an integral part of the successes within my programs,” she said. “I couldn’t be more grateful and it feels great to know that they support and believe in me.”

Newcomer is no stranger to the classroom. As an educator, previously working as a high school teacher, she added, “I love getting to know our students, and helping them work towards their career goals and ultimately improving their lives.  Many of our students come to CCWA with barriers to higher education and the workforce, but with so much determination.  Seeing them succeed is very fulfilling.”


In the Photo:
Wes Smith, CCWA AVP of Workforce Development
Dana Newcomer, CCWA Apprenticeship Coordinator
Elizabeth Creamer, CCWA VP of Workforce Development