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Free Training in High-Demand Fields for the Region’s Unemployed

Free Training in High-Demand Fields for the Region’s Unemployed

In an effort to support Virginians affected economically by COVID-19, Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new CARES Act-funded $30 million initiative. The program, called Re-Employ Virginians, will provide free workforce and certification training for Virginians who are now unemployed and under-employed as a result of COVID-19. Virginia residents receiving unemployment insurance on August 1st or after, or who lost a job or work hours due to the pandemic, may be eligible for free occupational training in health care, trades, manufacturing, and IT career fields.

At CCWA, individuals interested in the following certification training programs can receive vouchers and grants to participate in upcoming fast-track programs that lead to high-demand careers in the Greater Richmond region.

  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Certified Professional Coder
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Coding & Billing Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Core-Introductory Craft Skills
  • Electrical – Level 1
  • HVAC – Level 1
  • Heavy Equipment Operations – Level 1
  • Manufacturing Specialist (MS)
  • Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1)
  • AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • VDOT Central Mix Aggregate Plant
  • VDOT Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control Training and Flagger Certification
  • VDOT Inspector Series:

Bridge Preservation for Inspectors
Documentation & Record Keeping for Inspectors
New Structures and Bridges for Inspectors
Plan Reading for Inspectors
Roadway Construction & Drainage for Inspectors
Site Manager
Structures and Bridges for Inspectors
Surveying for Inspectors

The initiative will also allow qualified individuals to enroll in degree-seeking programs in the region at Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges.

“CCWA and our colleges are proud to help job seekers in the Greater Richmond and Crater regions to rapidly get back to work,” says Elizabeth Creamer, Vice President of Workforce Development and Credential Attainment.

“Through the new Re-Employing Virginia program, we can help residents of our region prepare in a matter of weeks for new careers in fields such as healthcare and trades that offer unlimited opportunity for continued education and training, career progression, and personal growth,” she continues. “The new program is a great benefit to those looking for work, and businesses looking for a skilled workforce.”

Participants will have to attest that they are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 and residents of Virginia.  Students must enroll in training programs by December 14, 2020 and complete the training by May 2021. To learn more and register for an upcoming training program, please complete the form below.

Press Release:
Governor Northam Directs $30 Million to Support Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians (October 30, 2020)


Higher Pay May Not Be the Best Way to Keep Your Workforce Intact and Engaged

Higher Pay May Not Be the Best Way to Keep Your Workforce Intact and Engaged

Employee retention and engagement are on the minds of more than the human resources department these days. The entire C-suite is taking notice as leaders realize the impact of high turnover on the overall financial performance of the organization. Although money is commonly believed to be a strong motivator, “most engagement research shows that learning opportunities, professional development, and career progression are among the top drivers of employee satisfaction.”

Beverly Kaye, founder of Career Systems International, agrees that investing in learning and development to help employees advance their careers can be one of the most effective tools an organization has for increasing both retention and engagement. “Without career development, employees won’t see a place for themselves in the future of the organization—and therefore, they won’t engage with the organization.”

While the importance of learning is rising, organizations’ confidence that they are doing enough in this area is dropping. CCWA works with hundreds of employers every year to:

  • Identify the learning needs that impact business processes
  • Develop solutions that fit a company’s needs and culture, and
  • Deliver training or consulting services that provide a return on investment

CCWA can support the development of technical and professional skills as well as increasingly important soft skills such as communication and emotional intelligence. To learn more about how CCWA can support your employee retention and engagement efforts through learning, contact:

Joyce Lapsley
Client Solutions Manager
Corporate Training & Consulting
Community College Workforce Alliance
Phone: 804-706-5180
Email: jlapsley@ccwa.vccs.edu

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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Business Process Improvement:  Relevant in Today’s Do More with Less  Work Environment

Business Process Improvement: Relevant in Today’s Do More with Less Work Environment

Frederick Taylor’s The Principles of Scientific Management, published in 1911, brought the idea of industrial efficiency to the forefront of many manufacturing companies. Today, companies across every industry are looking for ways to make work processes more efficient. While we cannot make the math behind the idea of doing more with less work, CCWA can help you identify areas for process improvement and give you the tools to implement change.

CCWA uses a whole-system approach that recognizes that changes made in one area of your business have an impact across the organization. Our interactive work sessions take employees from all areas of your company and guide them in exploring the concept and practical application of process improvement.

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