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New Position Expands Workforce Development in the Region 

New Position Expands Workforce Development in the Region 

The evolving partnership between the region’s economic and workforce development engines is vital to job seekers, industry, and our region’s growth. Working in a new joint position for both Virginia’s Gateway Region and CCWA, Michelle Rogers will help education and workforce development faculty and staff ensure our programs meet labor market and employer needs. Michelle will also support incoming and expanding businesses in the region access the range of services and resources to develop the workforce they need.

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

2018 LogistXGames

2018 LogistXGames

FOURTH ANNUAL RICHMOND LOGISTXGAMES  TO BE HELD THURSDAY, APRIL 26

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

(Henrico, Va.) – Greater Richmond, with its thriving distribution and warehousing industries, will play host to the 2018 RVA LogistXGames as ten local companies compete for the fourth annual regional championship.

“Last year’s games turned the spotlight onto the logistics and distribution industry in Richmond, and we will continue to do so, that’s why we’re encouraging participating and sponsorship for this year’s games,” said CBRE |Richmond Vice President and LogistXGames co-chair Wood Thornton.

The 2018 RVA LogistXGames will be held at Deepwater Industrial Park at 3205 Commerce Road on April 26 (10:00am to 1:00pm).

The games serve as a healthy competition between prominent companies who are involved in the movement of goods between source and consumer, and paths all along the way. Representatives of CBRE |Richmond, Liberty Property Trust, the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), and The Port of Virginia have organized this event.

How do the games work?

There are four events in the 2018 competition. They are each designed to test the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of each competing company. The games mirror the types of environments which logistics professionals work, but they are presented with a “twist.” Those games are:

  • Pallet Puzzle Sprint – Three-person teams each take 36 different-sized corrugated boxes from floor locations, assemble them and stack them on a pallet. The team with the quickest time wins.
  • Pallet Jack Relay – Three-person teams participate in a timed pallet jack relay race through an obstacle course while keeping the boxes on the pallet.
  • Pick/Pack Hurdle – Three-person teams move boxes from the pallet to a warehouse racking system while memorizing positioning and SKUs in a timed race.
  • Box Put –Teams will have packed one box with fragile bottled liquid items, in the Pallet Puzzle Sprint event, utilizing selected packaging material from various options. During the Box Put event, one team member will then throw the box for distance and accuracy without breaking the contents.

An objective group of volunteers will serve as judges for the competition. The winning company will receive the “Golden Pallet” award.

Why Hold the LogistXGames?

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.

Teams playing, as of April 18, 2018, include:

  • CCWA
  • Riverside Logistics
  • McKesson
  • The Port of Virginia
  • Worth Higgins & Associates
  • Total Packaging Services
  • AutoPartSource
  • Lutron
  • PD Systems
  • Goodwill

Sponsors include: CBRE|Richmond, The Port of Virginia, Virginia Credit Union Arbon|Rite Hite, Panattoni, Capital Region Workforce Development Board, Becknell Industrial, Liberty Property Trust, Alpha Systems, Chesterfield Economic Development, Crown Lifts, Dominion Energy, Greater Richmond Partnership, Hanover County Economic Development Authority, Henrico County Economic Development Authority, Hood Container, Hourigan Development, Lutron, Manufacturing Skills Institute, Peaklogix, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Richmond Economic Development Authority, Riverside Logistics, SignCrafters, TK Promotions, Total Packaging Services, Williams Mullen and Worth Higgins & Associates. Tax deductible contributions will be designated for workforce development efforts including logistics/operation management industry training offered by CCWA.

For more information about the 2018 RVA LogistXGames, call/email Laura Bradshaw at (804) 267-7253 (laura.bradshaw@cbre-richmond.com) or Nina Sims at (804) 523-2289 (nsims@ccwa.vccs.edu).


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About CBRE – Richmond

CBRE|Richmond is a CBRE, Inc. affiliate office serving the Central Virginia region. The firm assists real estate owners, investors and occupiers by offering strategic advice and execution for property leasing and sales; property, facilities and project management; corporate services; debt and equity financing; investment management; valuation and appraisal; research and investment strategy; and consulting. In 2017, the Richmond office completed 390 lease transactions encompassing 5.8 million square feet totaling $364 million, and 89 sales transactions valuing $435 million. For more information about the Richmond office, visit www.cbre.us/richmond.

About Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA)

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) is building the region’s workforce as a partnership between J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community Colleges – serving four cities and 12 counties of Central Virginia. The organization provides non-credit training, customized instruction, consulting and educational programs for more than 10,000 class participants representing over 900 employers in the region annually. CCWA coordinates at three training facilities in the region (Henrico, Midlothian and Chester), online and at the job sites of employers. Visit www.ccwatraining.org for more information on courses and services.

Media Contacts:

Nina Sims
Director, Marketing
Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA)
O: (804) 523-2289; C: (804) 356-3962
nsims@ccwa.vccs.edu

 

Laura Bradshaw
Brokerage Coordinator
CBRE | Richmond
O: (804) 267-7253; C: (804) 605-3702
laura.bradshaw@cbre-richmond.com

CCWA Fall 2016 Schedule

CCWA Fall 2016 Schedule

Fall into focus with hundreds of courses that build your professional portfolio and enhance productivity. Our new catalog offers classroom and online training that allows you to explore a spectrum of informative courses and certifications – from teambuilding and cybersecurity to manufacturing and customer service. Opportunities are in full view this season … capture your strengths and develop new skills at CCWA.

Take a look at our new catalog or visit us at ccwatraining.org for more information on our upcoming courses.

Download a PDF of the catalog: CCWA Fall 2016 Schedule.

Workforce Virginia Podcast : Online Training

Workforce Virginia Podcast : Online Training

The growth of online learning has made training more accessible and impactful. In fact, many training platforms integrate discussion groups, polls, social media, blogs, virtual study rooms, and a host of other tools in the courses. But it is not for everyone. Prospective students must understand that online learning requires discipline, time management, self-motivation, effective writing, and technological proficiency.

To hear more about online learning with CCWA, we welcome you to Workforce Virginia, an all-new series of podcasts. Produced by CCWA, these conversations will connect human resource professionals, job seekers and working individuals to valuable training and development options that build the workforce.

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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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