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Apprenticeship Coordinator Wins Statewide “Rising Star” Award

Apprenticeship Coordinator Wins Statewide “Rising Star” Award

CCWA’s regional coordinator for the American Apprenticeship Initiative, Dana Newcomer, recently received the “Rising Star” award during the HIRE Education Conference hosted by Virginia’s Community Colleges. The award is presented annually to “a college-based faculty or staff member with three or less years of workforce development experience” and for “exemplary potential for future contributions to the field.” Newcomer has led the apprenticeship grant program from the U.S. Department of Labor helping to surpass, a year early, the grant’s goal of training 300 registered apprentices She did this by partnering with companies like Rolls-Royce, Philip Morris USA, DuPont, eCMMS, and ITAC. Her work with employers extends to build internal training programs for incumbent employees.

As Newcomer explains, “I love working with our partners, because they are willing and eager to help us develop programs that ensure incumbent workers receive all they need to upskill and advance in their careers – not just in their companies but also in the industry. There is a real need for skilled workers in our region, and with our partnerships and training programs, we are developing a pipeline of qualified applicants that literally meet the requests of the employers.”

Newcomer was also recognized for her extraordinary work to certify job seekers withFastForward and Complete 2021 credentials and connect them to employment with local manufacturing and logistics companies. A few examples of this work include: the development of a logistics technician training program at Fort Lee for service members and their families, a new pilot for high school graduating seniors in Prince George County that culminated in guaranteed job interviews and a signing day event with a local employer, Standard Motor Products and managing a new grant from the Cameron Foundation with a workforce partner, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia that enhances manufacturing recruitment for industry leaders such as Church & Dwight, Service Center Metals, Gerdau, and Lutron.

In addition to her commitment to employer engagement, creating quality curricula, and enhancing student satisfaction, Newcomer believes strongly in teamwork and values the roles of her colleagues in delivering these programs. We have an amazing team at CCWA and our parent colleges and they have been an integral part of the successes within my programs,” she said. “I couldn’t be more grateful and it feels great to know that they support and believe in me.”

Newcomer is no stranger to the classroom. As an educator, previously working as a high school teacher, she added, “I love getting to know our students, and helping them work towards their career goals and ultimately improving their lives.  Many of our students come to CCWA with barriers to higher education and the workforce, but with so much determination.  Seeing them succeed is very fulfilling.”


In the Photo:
Wes Smith, CCWA AVP of Workforce Development
Dana Newcomer, CCWA Apprenticeship Coordinator
Elizabeth Creamer, CCWA VP of Workforce Development

Talley Workforce Center is Now Open – CCWA Returns to Chester

Talley Workforce Center is Now Open – CCWA Returns to Chester

CCWA, with its partners at John Tyler Community College, are pleased to announce the opening of the William H. Talley, III Center for Workforce Development at the Chester campus. In addition to CCWA staff offices, the center houses several new classrooms and learning spaces, including two digital labs and a state-of-the-art flex lab for developing technical skills in a hands-on environment. Offering a variety of courses in the areas of manufacturing, logistics, trades, information technology, customer service and more, training and credential programs at this location will begin next month.

A spacious event and meeting space was also renovated as part of the center’s construction, creating a modern, flexible facility that can accommodate groups large and small.

This new advanced building allows CCWA to offer greater educational opportunities for businesses and jobseekers in the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties and expands CCWA’s ability to provide training, credentialing and career development solutions.

CCWA continues to offer training programs and services at John Tyler’s Midlothian campus and the Downtown, Goochland and Parham Roads campuses of Reynolds Community College.

Read more about the Talley Workforce Center grand opening. https://jtcc.edu/about/news/10796?fbclid=IwAR0flH2ZlO0t_1dJmAZyeafVDVFQmMx8nHnQjFKh_yoRLlaucJhRBjaVJRY

Creating New Pathways to Construction Industry Careers

Creating New Pathways to Construction Industry Careers

~ VCCS Grant will Support Regional Training Programs~

CCWA is creating new ways to connect job seekers and employers with support of the recently announced Fast Forward Workforce Training Grant from Virginia’s Community Colleges. CCWA was awarded $160,135 to build a new heavy equipment program utilizing The National Center for Construction Education and Research  (NCCER) credentials. The program created by Lord Fairfax, Germanna, and Blue Ridge community colleges, will include construction basics and train participants using construction industry simulators. Partnering with local employers for job openings, CCWA will engage industry and align curriculum to this job sector.

Elizabeth Creamer, CCWA’s Vice President of Workforce Development and Credential Attainment, explained, “The new Fast Forward program improvement grant will allow CCWA to ramp up outreach and recruiting for manufacturing, logistics and trades classes, and thus increase the region’s pipeline of credentialed workers for occupations in industries much in need of new sources of skilled talent.”  CCWA plans to launch the program in 2020 with customized curriculum in response to demand from regional and local construction companies and quarries.

Read the recent release from Virginia’s Community Colleges:
http://www.vccs.edu/newsroom-articles/virginias-community-colleges-investment-expands-training-opportunities-for-job-seekers/

Employment Signing Day

Employment Signing Day

Employment Signing Day for Prince George County High School Graduates

~Local company offers full-time positions to certified logistics specialists~

Three 2019 graduates of Prince George County High School, offered full-time employment with Standard Motor Products, Inc., were honored at a “Signing Day” ceremony at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce, June 11, 2019. The students, who have also earned the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) credential from the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), signed a Letter-of-Intent to accept entry-level employment as order fillers with Standard Motor Products, Inc. in Disputanta (Prince George County).

“The CLA provides candidates with a broader understanding of a significant portion of our business as well as the world economy,” said Mark Hanlon, Human Resource Manager at Standard Motor Products.   “More importantly, we utilize the CLA training as a development tool for our team leaders – the first level of leadership within our facility.  Candidates with the certification have a ‘leg up’ if they are looking for long-term career opportunities with us.”

Standard Motor Products, the Community College Workforce Alliance, and Prince George County Public Schools partnered to provide a credentialing program in warehousing and distribution logistics during the academic school year. The program provided participants with a workplace readiness skills certification, the CLA credential, employment with Standard Motor Products, and served as a sustaining a workforce development program for the company.

Hanlon added, “Our partnership with CCWA began as a method of providing internal training.  As our relationship has grown, our desire to make an impact on the local community grew and CCWA has been an integral part of our outreach efforts.  Recently, we partnered with the CCWA, Crater Workforce Development Board, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, and Prince George County Public Schools to create a taskforce that led to this pilot workforce development program in warehousing and distribution.”

Evan Monger, Nathan Beiro, and Jamal Berry II completed the coursework and Signing photo of studentexaminations to earn a Certified Logistics Associate credential, a program created by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). These students will also graduate from Prince George High School on Saturday, June 15.

Monger, said he learned a lot about the industry in the CLA class. “While I was taking the class, I thought it would just be a good addition to my resume,” he explained. “I passed the exam with flying colors but I never thought it would lead to immediate full-time employment.” He added, “logistics is more than forklifts and pallet jacks – there is a lot of technical information.”

The CLA course trains individuals for a wide range of skills necessary for success in the logistics industry. Through this program, individuals learn safety, material handling, quality control principles, supply chain management, receiving, storage, and workplace communication skills.

“The CLA certification was developed to create a pipeline of qualified applicants in order to decrease the skills gap in the logistics workforce, and to meet the employment demands of the logistics industry,” said Dana Newcomer, CCWA’s Apprenticeship Coordinator. “With the CLA certification, students not only gain training in logistics, they also earn a nationally-recognized industry credential positioning them as qualified and competitive candidates for frontline positions in the logistics industry.”

CCWA offers the CLA course throughout the year to meet the business and employment demands. Since program inception, nearly 200 individuals have earned the CLA certification at CCWA.

AI in 60 Minutes

AI in 60 Minutes

This Wednesday morning at 10am EST, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence in 60 minutes!  It’s free, it’s online and it will leave you with enough AI know-how to really understand the field.  Click this link around 9:50am 0n 06/12 and prepare yourself for a technological experience: Join the class

If you enjoy this session, please consider signing up for our face-to-face Artificial Intelligence classes:

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence-June 21, 9am-noon.

Develop an Artificial Intelligence Business Strategy-August 21, 9am-noon.

GOVERNING: The Education Investment States Should Be Making

GOVERNING: The Education Investment States Should Be Making

Now completing its second year of offering reduced cost training for occupations with lots of openings across the Commonwealth, Virginia Community Colleges workforce credential programs are meeting the needs of business and industry by preparing individuals for these skilled jobs. In addition to tuition assistance, occupational training and certifications, Fast Forward programs offer career coaching and other support services, when needed.  CCWA and other colleges throughout the state are being recognized nationally for their success in getting more than 8,000 Virginians trained and prepared to launch new careers in a matter of weeks or months.

Read this recent article from GOVERNING:
https://www.governing.com/columns/public-money/gov-skills-gap.html