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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)


CCWA’s Fall Schedule: Now Available

CCWA’s Fall Schedule: Now Available

This fall, we invite you to unlock opportunities to gain new skills or move toward a new career path. Our September-December schedule of classes is packed full of courses designed to prepare students with the tools to propel forward, into a secure and confident future in the midst of today’s uncertainty.

With many courses adjusted to accommodate the health and safety of all students via online format and some small, in-person class options, there has never been a better time to pursue your next level of potential, on your own time. Explore our certifications and professional development courses and get started today.

Click here for our schedule of classes (PDF) or visit our online registration for more information.


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Adapting to Unprecedented Shifts in Employment, CCWA is Here to Help 

Adapting to Unprecedented Shifts in Employment, CCWA is Here to Help 

Like it has throughout much of the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented shift in the job market here in central Virginia. As we all navigate changing working conditions, potential job losses, and upheaval in our personal and professional lives, our team at CCWA knows many job seekers are reexamining their careers and skill sets.

A recent editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch highlights our efforts to support local workers looking to gain new skills and find new pathways to employment during these challenging times. In response to the pandemic, we moved quickly to shift our FastFoward programs to accommodate virtual learning and are taking significant safety precautions for the components that still require in-person instruction.

No matter the challenges, CCWA remains committed to our core mission: helping Virginians find good-paying jobs. Check out our offerings today.

“We needed to look at all our classes, but particularly those FastForward [offerings]…because those really are a vehicle for getting people into the workforce very quickly,” 

-Elizabeth Creamer, CCWA’s Vice President for Workforce Development and Credential Attainment

CCWA Assisting in COVID Job Loss Recovery in Region

CCWA Assisting in COVID Job Loss Recovery in Region

CCWA is excited to collaborate with the Capital Region Workforce Partnership (CRWP) and other regional partners in directly connecting to job seekers impacted by COVID-19, thanks to a Go Virginia grant announced last week. Utilizing an information exchange with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the CRWP and CCWA, in partnership with Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges will proactively reach out to the more than 110,000 residents of the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Along with job services, the grant initiative will support the delivery of skills assessments and training to prepare job seekers for re-entry into the workforce. Job seekers accessing a new portal will find chat features and direct phone numbers to job assistance.  The vision is to provide personal outreach to those who have applied for unemployment insurance benefits at a level not previously envisioned.

In the coming weeks, CCWA and CRWP will make initial email contact with individuals receiving unemployment benefits encouraging them to visit a portal organized into “zones” featuring jobs with immediate openings; career interest and aptitude assessments; training and education opportunities; virtual workshops on job searching and interviewing; and, connections to support services such as transportation and child care.

Read more here from the Richmond Times Dispatch (June 23, 2020):

https://www.richmond.com/business/go-virginia-awards-more-than-230-000-in-grants-to-help-with-job-recovery-in/article_9aaca894-4156-5e3f-a517-1c91bcc02281.html

 

Unlock Your Next

Unlock Your Next

CCWA is excited to introduce expanded online training programs, including courses for professional development and to earn industry certifications. Covering topics from manufacturing and logistics to health care and leadership development, our online courses are instructor-led, interactive and packed with content.

When COVID-19 closed classrooms at our four locations, we shifted our course structure to help individuals around the region learn new skills or prepare for career moves, all while staying home. In addition to fully online courses, several classes, such as truck driving and construction, are offered in a hybrid format where participants learn online as well as receive hands-on instruction in small groups.

We invite you to “Unlock Your Next” – it’s just a click away!  Join us online!

Goodwill Partnership Provides Training and Certification for Careers in Manufacturing

Goodwill Partnership Provides Training and Certification for Careers in Manufacturing

Answering the call from industry and now in its third cohort of a Cameron Foundation-funded program, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia collaborating with CCWA, provides an eight-week manufacturing technician training course for individuals who want a career with high recruitment and advancement opportunities.  Students and employers see the benefits of the wrap-around support services and on-site interviews.

Read more about how this partnership is filling a need for regional manufacturers and opening doors to a new career for many. https://goodwillvirginia.org/careers-in-manufacturing/

For information on upcoming MT1 courses, please visit http://ccwatraining.org/mt1/.