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Governor McAuliffe Applauds Workforce Training Programs and CCWA at Hillphoenix

Governor McAuliffe Applauds Workforce Training Programs and CCWA at Hillphoenix

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe visited Hillphoenix (Chesterfield County) this week to see firsthand the impact of job training programs in the region. Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), the workforce development partnership of John Tyler and Reynolds Community Colleges, and Hillphoenix are working together to create a culture of professional and personal development in the manufacturing industry. Beginning earlier this year, this partnership offers technical training for apprenticeships and welding/brazing, and has been working to increase employee leadership and management capabilities through CCWA’s Frontline Leadership program.

Hiring and keeping qualified employees is a top priority for Hillphoenix. To help recruit and train current employees, CCWA offers two new industry certifications for frontline positions. The Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) and the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) are currently being utilized to instill important technical knowledge in the workforce pipeline. Hillphoenix is one of Virginia’s largest employers to see great value in these certifications for recruitment, as well as incumbent worker training.

Credentialing & leadership projects are a great example of CCWA’s broad delivery of services within one company. CCWA’s director of manufacturing and logistics programs, Wes Smith, apprenticeship coordinator, John McGarry and OJT (On-The-Job Training) coordinator, Stephanie Landry were on-hand with company representatives, state leaders and employees as the Governor toured the facility and discussed the success of workforce training programs.

http://www.progress-index.com/news/20160920/mcauliffe-visits-hillphoenix

Photo credit: Michaele White, Office of the Governor 

Logistics Program Certifies Mastery in Core Competencies

Logistics Program Certifies Mastery in Core Competencies

Logistics is the broad pathway for the products we use to reach their final destination. Over 450 logistics jobs are currently available* in the Greater Richmond area. They include full-time, part-time, and contract positions, and they range from entry-level to senior management roles. You probably have roles in your company that fall into the logistics category — supply chain coordinator, transportation manager, warehouse supervisor, or operations manager.

According to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, “The estimated direct economic output of Virginia’s Distribution and Global Logistics industry is $11.1 billion. Distribution and Global Logistics supports $9.3 billion in additional economic activity in Virginia” and employs over 72,000 people, primarily in trucking, warehousing, and transportation support. How can you ensure the people you hire will enhance your company’s productivity and competitiveness?

“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War


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CCWA offers the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification program which covers a wide range of skills necessary for success in the logistics industry. These skills include safety, quality control, supply chain management, receiving, storage, and communication. The program begins with basic logistics knowledge and skills, preparing an individual for entry level positions by earning a Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certification. The program then moves on to more advanced skills, preparing individuals for the mid-level CLT exam.

If you’re interested in learning more about this program, please contact:

Wes Smith
Director
Manufacturing and Logistics Programs
Community College Workforce Alliance
Phone: 804-523-2296
Email: WSmith@ccwa.vccs.edu

*Source: Indeed.com as of 8/17/16

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.