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Training for Administrative Professionals

Training for Administrative Professionals

CCWA is committed to the development of administrative professionals. Having coordinated workshops and events for more than 30 years, CCWA remains at the forefront of providing effective training programs for those who serve in these integral roles throughout the Greater Richmond region.

Contact us for more information at help@ccwa.vccs.edu or by phone at 804-523-2292.

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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CCWA’s 2017 Summer Youth Camps

CCWA’s 2017 Summer Youth Camps

Registration for summer youth camp is now open. If you have questions, please contact us at 804-523-2292 or via email at help@ccwa.vccs.edu.

Price: $185 per session. $370 for morning and afternoon sessions (lunch included).  Click here to download the camp flyer.
  • Minecraft Animators
  • App Attack! Make Your First Game
    • Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app and game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class.
    • Week of 6/26/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Week of 8/07/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Code Breakers
    •  Calling all future coders, programmers, and designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.
    • Week of 7/10/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Week of 8/07/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Lego Video Games
    • Combine your two favorite activities: LEGOs and Video Games! Students will create their own LEGO characters and adventures in an interactive 2D Video Game. Everyone is welcome in this one of a kind class. At the end of the program, every student will have a finished LEGO Video Game that can be shared with friends and family through a password protected Black Rocket website. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for a $15.00 conversion fee.
    • Week of 7/10/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Creative Design and Robotics
    • The world of the future belongs to … robots! In this cutting edge class students will learn the fundamentals of motorized mechanisms, design principles, sensors, and sound activation. Separate fact from fantasy by designing and building prototypes of task oriented robots. Learn problem-solving to improve how their robots function in a series of design challenges!
    • Week of 7/17/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Make Your First Video Game!
    • If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee.
    • Week of 7/17/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Make Your First 3-D Video Game!
    • Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your rst mod! Intro- ductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access their project at home students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in teams for most of the program.
    • Week of 7/24/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Minecraft Designers
    • If you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home students, must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software.
    • Week of 7/31/2017, Ages 8 to 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Seven Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Seven Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Today’s news is full of stories of threats to our online privacy and information security. Reports of major retailers having their sales systems compromised and hackers breaching movie studios are commonplace. Government databases with personal, sensitive data are dumped in the public en mass from time to time. Last year, 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. These crimes resulted in billions in losses for both businesses and the public and impacted over 7% of Americans age 16 and over.

Risks to your privacy, identity and good name are significant. These risks increase as we use the Internet and mobile technology with greater frequency. There are, however, several key steps any technology user can take to profoundly lower their risk of identity theft and boost their privacy.


  1. Use a password manager:
    Password managers are software applications (or apps) that make it effortless to have a unique and secure password for every website and service. The beauty of them is  if one site or service is hacked or compromised, your other accounts are secure. After all, it’s never a good idea to use a common password for multiple accounts.
  2. Use GPS on mobile devices sparingly:
    GPS, or Global Positioning System, permits your phone or tablet to pinpoint its location, anywhere on Earth. In addition to using battery power, GPS coordinates could permit app developers, marketing companies, or malicious entities to know where you are with greater frequency.
  3. Be careful which Wi-Fi networks you join:
    Users should be especially careful when selecting Wi-Fi networks for online connections. An open network, without a security key, should not be an invitation to join. Attaching your computer or device to a network (secure and unsecure) permits individuals running that network to monitor your data and activity. It is not uncommon for crafty individuals to run a fake network specifically geared toward stealing sensitive data. Only join wireless networks with security enabled and those that are deemed “official” and “trusted.”
  4. Read the access privilege requests for mobile applications carefully:
    Many applications for mobile devices are free. These apps, and services, are free because the company behind them hopes to derive some value from you, the user. Social networks and free-to-play games don’t produce their apps out of the goodness of their hearts. They are there to make money. These companies thrive from obtaining your data including your personal information, interests and your social connections. Apps and games will request permission for certain types of data on your device. Read these notices carefully. If something seems suspicious, cancel and remove the application.
  5. Always guard your date of birth and telephone number:
    Be very careful when, where and how you share your date of birth. This key bit of information, alongside your full name is a vital component of identity theft. Many companies and services use birth date for security verification. Compromising it opens the door to a world of problems. Likewise, your phone number, both home and cell, factor into many cases of identity theft. Be especially cautious with this
  6. Keep your professional and personal presences separate:
    If you have email through your employer, keep online use work related. Your employer has the indefinite right to archive and access any communication with this account. You should always keep your private and personal emails separate and on a secure system. More importantly, by keeping work email free from personal information, you lessen your risk of a privacy breach. You never know if someone with access to those work emails has ill intentions, long after you depart.
  7. Always use encryption:
    Encryption is your best friend. Encryption technologies keep our information private, secure and free from external, prying eyes. Many services such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and others offer “always-on” encrypted connections. You should look for settings in these accounts that force a secure connection. Additionally, some browsers support extensions that request secure connections from visited websites.

Morales, Dave 003522350.2CCWA offers other training, including webinars on mobile and web information security. You can review and register for these trainings online with CCWA.

Authored by: Dave Morales, Director of Information Technology, Community College Workforce Alliance

Virginia Awarded $6.9 Million in American Apprenticeship Grants

Virginia Awarded $6.9 Million in American Apprenticeship Grants

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that Virginia has been awarded $6.9 million in American Apprenticeship Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries.  U.S. DOL awarded $175 million in grants to 46 awardees, and Virginia is being awarded funding for apprenticeship initiatives at the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. and the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). CCWA is the workforce development partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College.

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