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CCWA’s Summer Schedule: Now Available

CCWA’s Summer Schedule: Now Available

This summer, boost your job skills or prepare for a new in-demand career in many of the region’s leading industries. Our May – August 2020 catalog is full of short-term courses, many of them offered online. Explore our fast-track industry credentials (with tuition assistance) in the areas of healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, customer service, education, logistics, and trades (construction, HVAC and electrical). If your job requires new skills or you are ready to start a new career, we have enhanced our courses and online options for you to achieve your professional goals this summer. Reach out to us if you have questions about our programs or services.

Click here for our schedule of classes (PDF) or visit our online registration for more information.


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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

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

In-Demand Across the Region – Certified Manufacturing Technicians

In-Demand Across the Region – Certified Manufacturing Technicians


What is a Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification?

The Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification program was developed to meet the growing employment demands of the manufacturing industry. The MT1 program addresses the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.  The core competency areas certified are: (1) Math and Measurement, (2) Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology, and (3) Quality and Business Acumen.

The purpose of the MT1 certification program is to document individuals’ mastery of the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.  The goals of the MT1 certification program are to:

  • Develop a workforce pipeline capable of meeting the requirements of existing and emerging employers in advanced technology industries such as manufacturing,
  • Provide a customized fast track pathway to stackable credentials for 21st Century advanced technology careers in industry,
  • Provide online and instructor-led training to address identified technical skill gaps, and
  • Provide a pathway to advanced level training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent workers.

More on MT1

An MT1 operates precision machinery, systems and processes. Typical skills expected in these positions 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.  These positions generally describe someone who has enough broad-based knowledge about a multi-step process to successfully troubleshoot and solve problems beyond the scope of typical “machine operators”. Sample MT1 Job Titles: Operator, Production Operator, Production Technician, Technician, Chemical Equipment Operator, Chemical Operator, Fixers, CNC Technician Manufacturing Technician and Production Manufacturing Specialist. NOTE: To review a full list of production occupations in modern manufacturing requiring MT1 industry-wide technical skills, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Why RVA Needs Certified Manufacturing Technicians

Manufacturing is still alive and well in the Greater Richmond region. Our local economy continues to benefit greatly from this thriving business sector, which has created more ancillary jobs in comparison to others. This is one of the primary reasons national leaders are frantically searching for new ways to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

It is widely known that economies with a strong manufacturing base are more secure in other economic areas. But, the manufacturing industry is only as good as its human capital; and a large skills gap has appeared in the last decade.

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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.