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Get Assistance to Earn Industry Credentials – A third of the cost for Professional Certificates

Get Assistance to Earn Industry Credentials – A third of the cost for Professional Certificates

CCWA offers 10 workforce credential grant programs as announced in the Governor’s release below. Governor McAuliffe Announces Workforce Grant Program and speaks to how “Credentials Will Open Doors to Promising, High-Demand Career Opportunities.”

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Workforce Grant Program

~ Credentials Will Open Doors to Promising, High-Demand Career Opportunities~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of a new grant program designed to ensure that workforce credentials are accessible and affordable for Virginians seeking the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program covers 124 different community college training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges geared toward providing workforce credentials at one-third of their former cost.

“This program establishes a first-in-the-nation performance funding formula to create and sustain a supply of credentialed workers who meet the needs identified by our business leaders,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This week’s launch is the culmination of many months of hard work by public and private sector partners, all of us working together to ensure that Virginia has a 21st century workforce with the skills and experience to compete in today’s global economy.”

Virginia’s Community Colleges consulted with Virginia businesses to develop the list of eligible credentials that can provide access to a wide variety of high-demand jobs, such as certified welder, electrician, medical records tech, computer network specialist, pharmacy tech, digital security specialist, emergency medical tech, industrial machinery mechanic, dental assistant, and commercial truck driver.  The Virginia Board of Workforce Development identified more than 170 in-demand jobs aligned with the Commonwealth’s economic development targets for which Virginians can prepare through the new workforce program.

These are jobs that require specific skills, but not necessarily a traditional college degree. Community Colleges are making it even easier to earn workforce credentials by developing new programs and adding classes and locations for increased convenience.

“To create the skilled workforce the Commonwealth needs now and in the future, we need more options for training and credentialing that work for Virginians of all ages and life circumstances,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “With the New Economy Workforce Credentials program, for the first time, we have new options for workforce training and development that promptly get trainees into the skilled labor force.”

Research indicates that these workforce credentials are in high demand across Virginia and will be for the foreseeable future. The company Burning Glass produced a recent report indicating that there were more than 175,000 job vacancies for so-called middle-skill occupations last year in Virginia – the types of jobs that typically require some type of credential. The jobs paid more than $28 per hour (or more than $58,500 per year). According to the research, the jobs went unfilled for an average period of 26 days, which is longer than the national average. As a result, Virginia businesses lost 36.4 million hours of productivity. Virginia families lost more than $1 billion in potential wages, and Virginia’s General Fund lost more than $54.3 million in revenue.

Other studies predict that Virginia will have to fill more than 1.4 million jobs over the next decade. As many as two-thirds of those positions will require postsecondary level workforce credentials.

“The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program will be a game changer for the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “The in-depth research that has gone into establishing this innovative program will help us to increase access and success in higher education, especially for some of our most underserved populations.”

Students enrolling in one of the workforce credential training programs covered by the new grants will pay only one-third of the normal cost. Program costs vary widely, depending on the length and complexity of the training. For a list of programs covered by the grants, visit this link on the VCCS website.

The maximum value of each grant is $3,000. For example, a student who enrolls in and successfully completes a grant-eligible program that normally costs $4,500 will now pay $1,500, and the grant covers $3,000 of the cost. Additional financial aid can offset that cost even further. More information is available at the workforce development offices of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Governor McAuliffe won bipartisan support this year among Virginia lawmakers for funding to enable approximately 10,000 Virginians to receive Workforce Credentials Grants for training costs over the next two years. This unique performance-based funding model is the first in the nation. Further, it represents the first significant public funding for workforce training programs in the 50-year history of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

“These workforce credentials increasingly represent the American Dream in the 21st century,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Individuals earn these credentials in weeks and months, not semesters and years. Those students are often quickly employed by businesses hungry for their skills. And they accomplish all that without piling on a decade’s worth of student debt.”

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 400,000 students each year.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

Avoiding conflict is not the goal; resolving conflict is!

Avoiding conflict is not the goal; resolving conflict is!

Conflict has many faces. There are the visible confrontations between co-workers. There are clashes between departments over scarce resources. There are competing priorities that can lead to missed deadlines. And then there are the unseen sources of conflict – hidden agendas, personal biases, or unintended consequences that may have arisen from a hasty resolution of a previous issue. Whether the source of conflict is seen or unseen, the effects are unmistakably felt across the organization.

So is all conflict bad? Actually, no. Conflict is a healthy part of any ongoing relationship. According to businesswoman and writer Margaret Heffernan, “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, [and] debate.” You also need tools to manage conflict when it arises so you can reap those benefits.

We work with you to create a solution for your organization. Through in-depth discussions, we’ll help uncover the causes of conflict and then tailor classes to fit your situation. In addition to classes, we can administer a variety of assessments including the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument to help your team understand different styles for handling conflict and the Conflict Dynamics Profile which improves self-awareness of what triggers conflict. One-on-one coaching is also available for situations that require a more tailored approach.


For more information about how you and your employees can learn to manage conflict to create a more harmonious and productive workplace, please call:

Mac McGinty
Vice President, Workforce Development
Community College Workforce Alliance
Phone: (804) 523-2280
Email: mmcginty@ccwa.vccs.edu

Upgrade Your Technology Credentials: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Upgrade Your Technology Credentials: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

CCWA is offering a week-long boot camp to prepare for the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification — the premier credential sought by employers including the federal government for personnel charged with the management and operations of information security programs. Employers know that CISM holders have the practical skills and knowledge to supercharge their information security posture.

Put your career in high gear and let CCWA help prepare you for the next phase of your professional life.

Who Should Attend: Talented information security managers who want to take their career to the next level.

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Do job applicants have the skills your organization needs?

Do job applicants have the skills your organization needs?

It’s easy to read the news today and see a reference to the widening skills gap. What’s hard is to figure out how to close that gap.

“Skills gap” describes the mismatch between the skills employers need and the skills that job seekers have. While the term is commonly referenced in the manufacturing industry, it applies to industries across the board from technology to healthcare to engineering. What if a program could provide the opportunity for job seekers to close the skills gap, thereby giving employers access to a more qualified applicant pool? And what if that program also provided funding to the employer to offset the costs of training the new employee?

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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