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Community College Workforce Alliance Named VMA Partner of the Year

Community College Workforce Alliance Named VMA Partner of the Year

The Manufacturing Skills Institute(MSI) announced today that the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) has earned the 2015 VMA Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding leadership in increasing access to industry certifications in the Central Virginia region of the Commonwealth. CCWA partners with industry to deliver the MSI Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certificate program onsite at companies as well as its college campuses.

“CCWA has created a service delivery model that incorporates both the skills needs of manufacturers and the employment needs of individuals by creating training cohorts of job candidates that receive a customized connection with employers upon MT1 program completion and attainment of the MSI nationally recognized MT1 certification,” said Katherine DeRosear, MSI Executive Director. “CCWA understands the value of industry credentials as a way in which individuals can signal they are ‘manufacturing work ready’ and companies appreciate the return on value in the hiring marketplace.”

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Virginia Awarded $6.9 Million in American Apprenticeship Grants

Virginia Awarded $6.9 Million in American Apprenticeship Grants

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.

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CCWA Success Leads to National Appointment

CCWA Success Leads to National Appointment

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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.

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Celebrating the Region’s Administrative Professionals

Celebrating the Region’s Administrative Professionals

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.

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Even diversity is becoming more diverse

Even diversity is becoming more diverse

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.

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