On the path to professional growth or searching for a new career? CCWA invites you to discover how short-term training courses and certificate programs can prepare you for the next level. Fall is the perfect time to renew your educational goals and engage with experts that can help you build your professional portfolio. And learn more about the FastForward credential program where you can earn an industry-recognized certificate that leads to new opportunities in high-demand fields like healthcare, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and construction.
CCWA is pleased to continue serving the training needs of young adults while supporting efforts to build the next generation of highly-skilled employees for businesses throughout the region.
Read the Governor’s press release.
With facility expansions, increasing enrollments and in-demand programs, CCWA is proud of its partnership with John Tyler Community College that advances employment opportunities for students and supports workforce development throughout the region.
Read the recent Virginia Business Magazine article.
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.
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.
Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), Reynolds and John Tyler Community Colleges, Capital and Crater Regions’ Adult Education programs, and Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia are partnering to increase opportunities for young adults to rapidly gain the basic skills and credentials needed for readily available jobs offering career and wage growth.
Our Bridge to Career programs in the Greater Richmond and Crater regions provide FREE conveniently-scheduled training for occupations in demand by regional business and industry. Programs also include: basic skills, career coaching, preparation for interviews and employment, opportunities to earn industry certifications, digital literacy, and assistance finding the transportation and services participants might need to get to training and work. Participants also have placement specialists working with them to secure employment at the program’s end.
Currently offered programs train students for careers in health care, warehousing and distribution, customer service and construction occupations. Cohorts begin year-round. Programs are available for those with and without a high school diploma. Thanks to funding from several sources including the Strada Education Network, there is no charge for tuition, fees, books, supplies or support services such as transportation and childcare.
Reynolds Community College – Downtown Campus:
- Construction/Trades – NCCER – Core (Sep 10 – Nov 15; Monday – Thursday; Afternoon Sessions)
- Warehousing/Distribution – Certified Logistics Associate/CLA (Sep 17 – Nov 15; Tuesday – Thursday; Evening Sessions)
Petersburg High School:
- Health Care – Clinical Medical Assistant (Sep 24 – Jan 31; Monday – Thursday; Evening Sessions)
- Health Care – Nurse Aide (Sep 24 – Jan 31; Monday – Thursday; Evening Sessions)
- Warehousing/Distribution – Certified Logistics Associate/CLA (Sep 24 – Jan 31; Monday – Thursday; Evening Sessions)
- Warehousing/Distribution – Certified Logistics Associate/CLA (Sep 17 – Nov 27; Monday – Thursday; Afternoon Sessions)
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We’re excited to offer digital arts camps to the region’s youth – now in our sixth summer with industry experts, Black Rocket. While the Minecraft camps continue to be a popular, our new offerings including ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs, Drone Adventures and Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling build skills in a safe and fun environment at our campus locations.
These ten week-long offerings will boost creativity, collaboration and tech savvy for your student. A recent article by the Education Development Center (EDC), “The Future of Work: Three Ways to Prepare Now,” notes “…it’s about helping young people develop a comfort with using, modifying, and creating technologies, and developing the dispositions needed for future success that they will carry forward into the workforce.”
Students were able to upload their work to a website to share with parents, receive comments and access their progress. Returning students were able to create more advanced projects and build onto previous projects.
Click here to download the 2018 Summer Camp flyer.
2018 Summer Camp Offerings:
App Attack! Fee: $185
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.
JUN 25-29 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Minecraft© Modders Fee: $185
Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft.
JUN 25-29 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Creative Design and Robotics Fee: $185
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!
JUL 9-13 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
NEW! Drone Adventures Fee: $185
The Drones are here! Let the battles begin. In this hands on, interactive class you will learn how to fly and drive drone robots. Working in teams you will be able to code your drone to compete in missions that will prepare you for the ultimate team challenge at the end of the week.
JUL 9-13 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Make Your First Video Game! Fee: $185
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.
JUL 16-20 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
NEW! ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs! Fee: $185
Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX® , an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast growing marketplace to publish their games.
JUL 16-20 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
NEW! Advanced 3D Video Game with Unity Fee: $185
Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience.
JUL 23-27 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
AUG 6-10 M–F Mornings MIDLO: REGISTRATION CLOSED
NEW! Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling Fee: $185
JUL 30-AUG 3 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Minecraft© Designers Fee: $185
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.
JUL 30-AUG 3 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Virtual Reality: The Future is Now Fee: $205
Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting edge class, you will learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created.
JUL 23-27 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED
AUG 6-10 M–F Afternoons MIDLO: REGISTRATION CLOSED