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CCWA Assisting in COVID Job Loss Recovery in Region

CCWA Assisting in COVID Job Loss Recovery in Region

CCWA is excited to collaborate with the Capital Region Workforce Partnership (CRWP) and other regional partners in directly connecting to job seekers impacted by COVID-19, thanks to a Go Virginia grant announced last week. Utilizing an information exchange with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the CRWP and CCWA, in partnership with Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges will proactively reach out to the more than 110,000 residents of the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Along with job services, the grant initiative will support the delivery of skills assessments and training to prepare job seekers for re-entry into the workforce. Job seekers accessing a new portal will find chat features and direct phone numbers to job assistance.  The vision is to provide personal outreach to those who have applied for unemployment insurance benefits at a level not previously envisioned.

In the coming weeks, CCWA and CRWP will make initial email contact with individuals receiving unemployment benefits encouraging them to visit a portal organized into “zones” featuring jobs with immediate openings; career interest and aptitude assessments; training and education opportunities; virtual workshops on job searching and interviewing; and, connections to support services such as transportation and child care.

Read more here from the Richmond Times Dispatch (June 23, 2020):

https://www.richmond.com/business/go-virginia-awards-more-than-230-000-in-grants-to-help-with-job-recovery-in/article_9aaca894-4156-5e3f-a517-1c91bcc02281.html

 

CCWA’s FastForward Program: Catching the Growth Tsunami

CCWA’s FastForward Program: Catching the Growth Tsunami

CCWA’s FastForward credential program is making waves in the region. Providing solutions that connect job seekers to careers and meeting the workforce demand for employers, these short-term are offered at no cost or low cost in the areas of manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, construction, customer service, transportation and education. Read more about how CCWA is providing solutions for hundreds annually – proving that it is never too late to start a high-paying, long-term career.

Read this recent article from Reynolds Community College – Campus Happenings:
https://jsrevents.blogspot.com/2020/01/ccwas-fastforward-program-catching.html

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.

Techno Entrepreneur – Workforce Wednesday (7/19)

Techno Entrepreneur – Workforce Wednesday (7/19)

Do you know what machine learning and artificial intelligence can’t do yet?  Replace the human capacity to develop and test great ideas!

Entrepreneurship is not just a difficult word to spell (tip: remember to lead with the “e” for the vowels).  It’s at the heart of what makes or breaks a new or existing business, especially for technology startups.

I’ve taught a number of entrepreneurship classes throughout Virginia, helping small and medium sized businesses launch or expand, and there were two things that had a significant impact on whether success was imminent.

The first is a testable idea.  You might have a great idea that people are not willing to pay for.  This is actually just a hobby, and if that is what you are looking to do, great!  But for those of us who want to do great things and make money, we need to be able to come up with ideas that resonate with people, which they are also willing to pay for.

The second is passion.  Incubators, venture capitalists, banks, etc., are looking to invest in people with the drive and passion to come up with an idea and carry that through execution.  All businesses have ups and downs, so the grit of the individual must be strong enough to empower and endure.  This is particularly true for those of you who work with technology.

If you would like to learn more, join us on July 19 for the Workforce Wednesday Webinar. Click here to sign up for “Entrepreneurship for IT Professionals: Are you a Technopreneur?

Additional Resources:
http://punchng.com/six-fears-of-a-technology-entrepreneur/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/onmarketing/2016/09/20/how-the-cult-of-the-tech-entrepreneur-is-turning-marketing-upside-down/#168685d01898

Richmond LogistX Games

Richmond LogistX Games

Logistics companies participate in friendly competition highlighting supply chain and logistics industry.

From the Virginia Community Colleges’ Workforce Wednesdays blog:

Community College Students and Local Businesses Participate in Richmond LogistX Games.

The RVA LogistX Games returned to the Central Virginia region on April 20, showcasing 10 local companies involved in the movement of goods between source and consumer, in a head-to-head competition.

“We’re once again happy to partner with local logistics companies to promote this industry,” said Wes Smith, manufacturing and trades director for the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) – the partnership between John Tyler and Reynolds Community Colleges. “Logistics companies are expanding in our region, and CCWA is prepared to offer training and credentialing opportunities for the sector.”

Held at Liberty Property Trust’s Richmond Distribution Center in Henrico County, the games were designed to test the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of each competing company. The games mirror the types of environments in which logistics professionals work and are judged by industry volunteers.

CCWA was able to showcase two teams of individuals, most of whom are new to the logistics industry. These students are currently enrolled in the Middle College program at Reynolds, and receive education and logistics training at CCWA through funding provided by USA Funds. This comprehensive training allows the students not only to work to earn their GED through a partnership with Region 15 adult education, but also gain valuable logistics credentials (Certified Logistics Associate, Certified Logistics Technician, forklift, and OSHA 10) to assist them in finding a new career path.

Logistics student, Cameron Cherry noted, “For our first time being in the event, we did well. We worked as a team, and it was a good time.”

First held in 2007 in Louisville, Ky., the games were created as a means for participating companies to build employee pride, foster teamwork principles and reinforce safety standards.

Featured image: The Dream Team and team Truck N’ Go from CCWA

Getting Into Gear in RVA

Getting Into Gear in RVA

While some occupations face decline based on economic changes, earning a commercial driver’s license (CDL) still delivers solid job opportunities, steady work and great pay. With surges in the logistics and warehousing industries in the Greater Richmond region and across the nation, truck drivers remain in demand. Local salaries in these industries are aligned with the national wage averages and there are opportunities for growth within this sector.

“Our partnership with CDS Tractor Trailer Training, a leader in CDL training, delivers commitment and accountability to the participants, employers and industry leaders,” said Natalie Meredith, CCWA’s Assistant Vice President for Workforce Development. “In a thorough, short-term course, we are preparing qualified CDL operators to work in this high demand industry and fill workforce shortages.”

From Fortune 500 companies to local distributers, CCWA’s CDL course participants build solid careers after completing the program and hands-on training. And, according to TruckDrivingJobs.com, there are more than a half million openings in the industry nationwide.

Participants in CCWA’s CDL program receive in-class and on-the-road training offered in weekday or weekend sessions year-round at our John Tyler Community College – Chester location. Employment assistance is also available. Grant funding is available for eligible registrants.

For more information, contact us at (804) 706-5256 or email us at cdlinfo@ccwa.vccs.edu.

Employers are seeking local, regional and national drivers. New drivers earn an average $700-$1200 per week. Working with our team of specialists, companies seek recent graduates to fill open positions.