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Governor McAuliffe Announces 2,173 Credentials Awarded Through New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant Program

Governor McAuliffe Announces 2,173 Credentials Awarded Through New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant Program

~ New grants spur big gains in Virginia Community Colleges’ Workforce Credential Training Programs ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that, through the New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant program, Virginia’s Community Colleges provided workforce training that enabled 2,173 Virginians to secure industry-recognized credentials, licenses, and certifications needed for high-demand careers, in the first year of the grant program. Governor McAuliffe awarded the 2,172nd and 2,173rd credentials at an event commemorating this achievement this afternoon.

This milestone nearly triples the number of people who were credentialed last year, bringing the total to 4,268 Virginians. More than half of the credential earners, 2,173, took advantage of the New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant program. Training for the remaining 2,095 credentials was funded by employers, federal grants, or other private sources.

“Today’s announcement is a landmark achievement for our workforce development efforts,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe speaking at the announcement event. “Clearly, the timing was right for this innovative initiative to help our businesses find qualified workers and empower more Virginians to seek good-paying jobs. In partnership with the General Assembly and our public and private sector partners, we are filling key gaps in the workforce pipeline and putting more Virginians to work in the new Virginia economy.”

“Whether we’re attracting new businesses to Virginia or helping our existing employers grow and compete, we need to continually strengthen our workforce,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “Today’s announcement marks a nearly 180 percent increase in earned credentials in the first year of this program. This significant growth is a great sign for what we can do for Virginia’s workforce moving forward.”

With broad bipartisan support, the 2016 General Assembly created the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and program to encourage more Virginians to prepare for careers that require specialized training, but not necessarily college degrees. This fund provides grants covering two-thirds of the tuition for students who are enrolled in a workforce training program designed to fill in-demand jobs in their home region. The year before the new workforce training grant program went into effect, community colleges provided training for 1,528 Virginians to earn those professional credentials.

“This success is a tribute to the power of collaboration,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “As we ramped up our workforce training capacity to respond to the new state grants program, we also created new training opportunities that motivated students to tap into a variety of other funding sources.”

“This is a significant milestone in Virginia’s efforts to better align the workforce system to help close the skills gap and prepare Virginians for good careers in high priority industries,” added Mark Herzog, Chair of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.

Virginia’s businesses are eager to hire workers with a wide variety of skills in fields ranging from information technology and advanced manufacturing to education, health care, logistics and transportation. By pursuing industry-recognized credentials, students can qualify for promising careers in weeks or months instead of semesters and years, and without incurring large amounts of student debt.

“Through better and more accessible training, Virginia is boosting its ability to create a 21st century workforce,” said Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “This is great news for our business community and for people who are starting out or getting a fresh start on their careers.”

Now entering its second year of operation, Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credential Grant program greatly reduces the out-of-pocket cost for Virginians to enroll in specified training programs to earn industry-recognized certifications. The Virginia Board of Workforce Development has developed a list of high-demand occupations, which is further vetted as educators work closely with Virginia businesses in regions across the Commonwealth to develop and deliver related workforce training to prepare people for those jobs. Currently, grants are available to support 146 training courses offered throughout Virginia’s 23 community colleges.
To learn more about workforce credential grants, please visit http://www.vccs.edu/workforce/.

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 more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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Charlotte Gomer
Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Press Assistant
Charlotte.Gomer@governor.virginia.gov


Content credit: Office of the Governor.

Photo credit: Clement Britt, Virginia’s Community Colleges

Learn more about the workforce certificates offered at CCWA by visiting http://ccwatraining.org/certifications/.

CCWA Names New VP

CCWA Names New VP

Community College Workforce Alliance Names New Vice President

Released on May 04, 2017

A Joint News Release from: Community College Workforce Alliance, John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College

RICHMOND, Va.  – The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) announced this week that Mary Elizabeth Creamer has been named as Vice President of Workforce Development and Credential Attainment. The announcement concludes a six-month national search with 231 candidates.

Creamer brings an extensive background in workforce development in the Commonwealth. She comes to CCWA after serving as Senior Advisor for Workforce Development in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. In that position she oversaw a 25% statewide increase in STEM-H workforce credential attainment in just under two years. She previously served as Director of Education and Workforce Development with the Office of the Secretary of Education for Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Career Pathways and Workforce Development with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Creamer earned the VCCS Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award in 2013 and is a two-time winner of the VCCS Technology in Education Award. Creamer currently serves on the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Education Foundation. She holds a master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University.

“Elizabeth’s unique blend of workforce development and higher education experience is second to none in the Commonwealth,” said Reynolds Community College President Dr. Gary Rhodes. “I know that she will leverage workforce development and credential attainment in our region to create economic vitality.”

John Tyler Community College President Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller added, “Elizabeth is a world-class leader joining a world-class organization. With her extensive background and professional relationships, Elizabeth will further focus and expand our programs to ensure the in-demand workforce training needs of today, as well as tomorrow, are met.”

Creamer is expected to join the Community College Workforce Alliance in mid-June.

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) is the workforce development partnership between Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College serving the economic development and workforce needs in four cities and 12 counties of Central Virginia. The organization provides non-credit training, custom-designed instruction, consulting, skills assessments and educational programs. CCWA offers on-line registration, customer support and courses delivered by expert faculty in three convenient locations, at employer sites and on-line.

Media Contacts:

Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager
John Tyler Community College
(804) 594-1530
hwalker@jtcc.edu

Joe Schilling
Director of Communications
Reynolds Community College
(804) 523-5230
jschilling@reynolds.edu

Nina Sims
Director of Marketing
Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA)
(804) 523-2289
nsims@ccwa.vccs.edu

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Slice out a little time this fall for upgrading your skills at the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). We have a holiday menu of our own full of “just-in-time” courses and certification programs. From leadership courses to perfecting your Microsoft Excel projects, wrap up 2015 on the next level.

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