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CCWA Names New VP

CCWA Names New VP

Community College Workforce Alliance Names New Vice President

Released on May 04, 2017

A Joint News Release from: Community College Workforce Alliance, John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College

RICHMOND, Va.  – The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) announced this week that Mary Elizabeth Creamer has been named as Vice President of Workforce Development and Credential Attainment. The announcement concludes a six-month national search with 231 candidates.

Creamer brings an extensive background in workforce development in the Commonwealth. She comes to CCWA after serving as Senior Advisor for Workforce Development in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. In that position she oversaw a 25% statewide increase in STEM-H workforce credential attainment in just under two years. She previously served as Director of Education and Workforce Development with the Office of the Secretary of Education for Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Career Pathways and Workforce Development with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Creamer earned the VCCS Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award in 2013 and is a two-time winner of the VCCS Technology in Education Award. Creamer currently serves on the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Education Foundation. She holds a master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University.

“Elizabeth’s unique blend of workforce development and higher education experience is second to none in the Commonwealth,” said Reynolds Community College President Dr. Gary Rhodes. “I know that she will leverage workforce development and credential attainment in our region to create economic vitality.”

John Tyler Community College President Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller added, “Elizabeth is a world-class leader joining a world-class organization. With her extensive background and professional relationships, Elizabeth will further focus and expand our programs to ensure the in-demand workforce training needs of today, as well as tomorrow, are met.”

Creamer is expected to join the Community College Workforce Alliance in mid-June.

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) is the workforce development partnership between Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College serving the economic development and workforce needs in four cities and 12 counties of Central Virginia. The organization provides non-credit training, custom-designed instruction, consulting, skills assessments and educational programs. CCWA offers on-line registration, customer support and courses delivered by expert faculty in three convenient locations, at employer sites and on-line.

Media Contacts:

Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager
John Tyler Community College
(804) 594-1530
hwalker@jtcc.edu

Joe Schilling
Director of Communications
Reynolds Community College
(804) 523-5230
jschilling@reynolds.edu

Nina Sims
Director of Marketing
Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA)
(804) 523-2289
nsims@ccwa.vccs.edu

VDOT Announces Plans for Certification And Inspector Training Programs

VDOT Announces Plans for Certification And Inspector Training Programs

Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA)’s Blue Top Newsletter  – Nov. 2016

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) – the workforce development partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College, are excited to announce a collaboration for the Materials Certification School and the Construction Inspector program. Classes will be provided through CCWA and will comply with VDOT procedures, specifications, and certification requirements.

Materials Certification School:

  • Central Mix Aggregate
  • Concrete Field
  • Concrete Plant
  • Soils and Aggregate Compaction
  • Pavement Marking

Construction Inspector Program

  • Site Manager Certification
  • Plan Reading Certification
  • Documentation & Record Keeping Certification
  • Surveying for Inspectors Certification
  • Roadway & Drainage Certification
  • Structures & Bridges Certification
  • Guardrail Installation Certification

Duane Sayre, VDOT’s Materials Certification Schools Program Manager, said “VDOT hopes to leverage the numerous resources and nationally-recognized expertise of the CCWA to advance Materials Certification Schools to the next level.”

CCWA has unveiled the new VDOT Certification registration website. Participants and companies can conveniently register online or by phone. Individuals can also view other classes and professional development opportunities at ccwatraining.org.

“CCWA is dedicated to creating an industry focused on continuous improvement and technical expertise for the transportation industry,” said Natalie Meredith, CCWA’s Assistant Vice President of Workforce Development. “Our Materials Certification and Construction Inspector credentialing training programs will continue to help ensure the quality of Virginia’s transportation system.”

The 2017 class schedule is very similar to previous years, and experienced individuals can still perform a self-study option. As CCWA communicates with industry, more classes will be offered to ensure individuals and companies can effectively plan their training activities for the year.

Throughout 2017, CCWA will focus on two specialty schools. The Materials Certification School and the Construction Inspector Program. Certification classes in asphalt will be conducted by Germanna Community College, and VDOT will retain ownership of its remaining training programs.

CCWA is pleased to collaborate with the transportation industry to ensure Virginia’s roadways and workforce are operating at maximum capacity and safety. The industry has an impact throughout the Commonwealth, and CCWA is committed to providing the effective educational opportunities and resources.


CCWA will also be hiring new instructors throughout the next year for classes as the new program builds. If you or someone you know is a talented trainer with instructional expertise, please contact:

Wes Smith
Director, Manufacturing & Logistics Program
Community College Workforce Alliance
Phone: 804-523-2296
Email: wsmith@ccwa.vccs.edu

New Teams Stack Up at Second Annual Richmond LogistXGames

New Teams Stack Up at Second Annual Richmond LogistXGames

To highlight the supply chain and logistics industry, the second annual Richmond LogistXGames were held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Liberty Property’s Richmond Distribution Center at 4101 Carolina Avenue in Richmond, Va to benefit Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). Representatives of Liberty Property Trust, CBRE|Richmond, CCWA, Port of Virginia, Rite-Hite Corporation, Greater Richmond Partnership, and Richmond Commercial Services put on the event.

This competition included eight of the region’s top logistics players: CCWA, CBRE |Richmond, Port of Virginia, McKesson, FDH Velocitel, Riverside Logistics, and Best Bully Sticks. “This is a fun event, but at the end of the day it has a really important cause,” said Wood Thornton, of CBRE|Richmond Co-Chair of the games. “We see the importance of promoting teamwork, safety standards, and employee pride through the LogistXGames.”

“CCWA was excited to bring back this event for another year,” said Wes Smith, Manufacturing Workforce Development Coordinator at CCWA and Co‐Chair. “We are continuing our commitment to enhancing performance and productivity within the logistics firms in the Greater Richmond area and providing students with scholarships.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit workforce development programs at the Community College Workforce Alliance.

Four events sparked fierce competition and tested the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of each competing company. The games mirror the logistics work environment, with an added twist: Pallet Puzzle Sprint, Pallet Jack Relay, Pick/Pack Hurdle and Box Put.

The 2016 Richmond LogistXGames bragging rights go to:

  • Golden Pallet – Riverside Logistics
  • Silver Pallet – Best Bully Sticks
  • Bronze Pallet – McKesson


About CBRE – Richmond

CBRE|Richmond is a CBRE, Inc. affiliate office serving the Central Virginia region. The firm assists real estate owners, investors and occupiers by offering strategic advice and execution for property leasing and sales; property, facilities and project management; corporate services; debt and equity financing; investment management; valuation and appraisal; research and investment strategy; and consulting. In 2015, CBRE|Richmond completed 407 lease transactions encompassing 4.5 million square feet and totaling $324 million in value. The Richmond office also completed 75 sales transactions in 2015 with a total value of $244 million. For more information about the Richmond office, visit our website, www.cbre.com/richmond.

About CBRE in the Mid-South Region

CBRE is the only global real estate services firm with offices in Norfolk, Newport News, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, VA, and Raleigh and Greensboro, NC. These offices are collectively referred to as the Mid-South region. The CBRE Mid-South offices (excluding Northern Virginia and Charlotte, NC offices) completed $2.9 billion of sales and leasing transactions in 2015.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

CCWA Leads Fort Lee Customer Service Training

CCWA Leads Fort Lee Customer Service Training

When leaders at Fort Lee were looking for customer service training for garrison employees, they looked to the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) for program development and instruction.

CCWA’s years of customer service delivery provided a foundation for teaching the garrison team to positively work toward resolutions for a variety of client challenges, actively listen, maintain a polite professional manner, effectively manage job stress and exceed customer expectations.

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CCWA’s 2017 Summer Youth Camps

CCWA’s 2017 Summer Youth Camps

Registration for summer youth camp is now open. If you have questions, please contact us at 804-523-2292 or via email at help@ccwa.vccs.edu.

Price: $185 per session. $370 for morning and afternoon sessions (lunch included).  Click here to download the camp flyer.
  • Minecraft Animators
  • App Attack! Make Your First Game
    • Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app and game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class.
    • Week of 6/26/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Week of 8/07/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Code Breakers
    •  Calling all future coders, programmers, and designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.
    • Week of 7/10/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Week of 8/07/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Lego Video Games
    • Combine your two favorite activities: LEGOs and Video Games! Students will create their own LEGO characters and adventures in an interactive 2D Video Game. Everyone is welcome in this one of a kind class. At the end of the program, every student will have a finished LEGO Video Game that can be shared with friends and family through a password protected Black Rocket website. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for a $15.00 conversion fee.
    • Week of 7/10/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Creative Design and Robotics
    • The world of the future belongs to … robots! In this cutting edge class students will learn the fundamentals of motorized mechanisms, design principles, sensors, and sound activation. Separate fact from fantasy by designing and building prototypes of task oriented robots. Learn problem-solving to improve how their robots function in a series of design challenges!
    • Week of 7/17/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Make Your First Video Game!
    • If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee.
    • Week of 7/17/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Make Your First 3-D Video Game!
    • Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your rst mod! Intro- ductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access their project at home students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in teams for most of the program.
    • Week of 7/24/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Minecraft Designers
    • If you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home students, must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software.
    • Week of 7/31/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm