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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.

New Teams Stack Up at Second Annual Richmond LogistXGames

New Teams Stack Up at Second Annual Richmond LogistXGames

To highlight the supply chain and logistics industry, the second annual Richmond LogistXGames were held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Liberty Property’s Richmond Distribution Center at 4101 Carolina Avenue in Richmond, Va to benefit Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). Representatives of Liberty Property Trust, CBRE|Richmond, CCWA, Port of Virginia, Rite-Hite Corporation, Greater Richmond Partnership, and Richmond Commercial Services put on the event.

This competition included eight of the region’s top logistics players: CCWA, CBRE |Richmond, Port of Virginia, McKesson, FDH Velocitel, Riverside Logistics, and Best Bully Sticks. “This is a fun event, but at the end of the day it has a really important cause,” said Wood Thornton, of CBRE|Richmond Co-Chair of the games. “We see the importance of promoting teamwork, safety standards, and employee pride through the LogistXGames.”

“CCWA was excited to bring back this event for another year,” said Wes Smith, Manufacturing Workforce Development Coordinator at CCWA and Co‐Chair. “We are continuing our commitment to enhancing performance and productivity within the logistics firms in the Greater Richmond area and providing students with scholarships.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit workforce development programs at the Community College Workforce Alliance.

Four events sparked fierce competition and tested the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of each competing company. The games mirror the logistics work environment, with an added twist: Pallet Puzzle Sprint, Pallet Jack Relay, Pick/Pack Hurdle and Box Put.

The 2016 Richmond LogistXGames bragging rights go to:

  • Golden Pallet – Riverside Logistics
  • Silver Pallet – Best Bully Sticks
  • Bronze Pallet – McKesson


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 2015, CBRE|Richmond completed 407 lease transactions encompassing 4.5 million square feet and totaling $324 million in value. The Richmond office also completed 75 sales transactions in 2015 with a total value of $244 million. For more information about the Richmond office, visit our website, www.cbre.com/richmond.

About CBRE in the Mid-South Region

CBRE is the only global real estate services firm with offices in Norfolk, Newport News, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, VA, and Raleigh and Greensboro, NC. These offices are collectively referred to as the Mid-South region. The CBRE Mid-South offices (excluding Northern Virginia and Charlotte, NC offices) completed $2.9 billion of sales and leasing transactions in 2015.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Community College Workforce Alliance Named VMA Partner of the Year

Community College Workforce Alliance Named VMA Partner of the Year

The Manufacturing Skills Institute(MSI) announced today that the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) has earned the 2015 VMA Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding leadership in increasing access to industry certifications in the Central Virginia region of the Commonwealth. CCWA partners with industry to deliver the MSI Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certificate program onsite at companies as well as its college campuses.

“CCWA has created a service delivery model that incorporates both the skills needs of manufacturers and the employment needs of individuals by creating training cohorts of job candidates that receive a customized connection with employers upon MT1 program completion and attainment of the MSI nationally recognized MT1 certification,” said Katherine DeRosear, MSI Executive Director. “CCWA understands the value of industry credentials as a way in which individuals can signal they are ‘manufacturing work ready’ and companies appreciate the return on value in the hiring marketplace.”

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Celebrating the Region’s Administrative Professionals

Celebrating the Region’s Administrative Professionals

Nearly 200 attended CCWA’s annual Administrative Professionals’ Conference on Friday, April 24, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  The one-day  retreat offers professional and personal development activities as well as new ideas for administrative professionals to take back to the workplace. This year’s theme, “Take Flight,” presented topics on navigating workplace conflict, increasing confidence, and creativity at work, to name a few.

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