RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that Virginia has been awarded $6.9 million in American Apprenticeship Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries. U.S. DOL awarded $175 million in grants to 46 awardees, and Virginia is being awarded funding for apprenticeship initiatives at the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. and the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). CCWA is the workforce development partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College.
International continuing education organization selects McGinty for training council position
Richmond, VA – Based on the impact of its training programs in the Greater Richmond region, the Learning Resources Network (LERN) has selected Mac McGinty, Vice President of Workforce Development at the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) to serve on the LERN Contract Training Council. LERN is an association of continuing education leaders that develop national best practices and deliver customized training programs with the goal to improve the effectiveness of the workforce and create a return on investment to employers who work with the nation’s community colleges.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) team as well as our colleges – Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College, are pleased that 218 business community leaders participated in a comprehensive workforce survey during the summer of 2015. The results were extremely robust and enlightening.
Nearly 200 attended CCWA’s annual Administrative Professionals’ Conference on Friday, April 24, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The one-day retreat offers professional and personal development activities as well as new ideas for administrative professionals to take back to the workplace. This year’s theme, “Take Flight,” presented topics on navigating workplace conflict, increasing confidence, and creativity at work, to name a few.
As workforce demographics change, it is increasingly important to understand, respect, and accept individual differences. You often hear discussions about diversity, but what does the term really mean? Author Ruth Mayhew says, “When the phrase ‘workplace diversity’ became popular, …diversity typically meant differences based on race, gender, color, national origin, and religion.” Today, that definition has been expanded to include age, culture, disability, life style, and even work style.
There is a great deal of discussion and writing with regard to the generation referred to as “Millennials” or Generation Y. This generation is growing into the largest segment in the workforce, especially as “Boomers” continue to retire in significant numbers.
This important segment of the workforce can potentially bring significant changes to businesses’ operations, recruitment and retention efforts. For those who understand and plan, it can mean a strategic business advantage resulting in improved bottom line performance.