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CCWA’s FastForward Program: Catching the Growth Tsunami

CCWA’s FastForward Program: Catching the Growth Tsunami

CCWA’s FastForward credential program is making waves in the region. Providing solutions that connect job seekers to careers and meeting the workforce demand for employers, these short-term are offered at no cost or low cost in the areas of manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, construction, customer service, transportation and education. Read more about how CCWA is providing solutions for hundreds annually – proving that it is never too late to start a high-paying, long-term career.

Read this recent article from Reynolds Community College – Campus Happenings:
https://jsrevents.blogspot.com/2020/01/ccwas-fastforward-program-catching.html

Talley Workforce Center is Now Open – CCWA Returns to Chester

Talley Workforce Center is Now Open – CCWA Returns to Chester

CCWA, with its partners at John Tyler Community College, are pleased to announce the opening of the William H. Talley, III Center for Workforce Development at the Chester campus. In addition to CCWA staff offices, the center houses several new classrooms and learning spaces, including two digital labs and a state-of-the-art flex lab for developing technical skills in a hands-on environment. Offering a variety of courses in the areas of manufacturing, logistics, trades, information technology, customer service and more, training and credential programs at this location will begin next month.

A spacious event and meeting space was also renovated as part of the center’s construction, creating a modern, flexible facility that can accommodate groups large and small.

This new advanced building allows CCWA to offer greater educational opportunities for businesses and jobseekers in the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties and expands CCWA’s ability to provide training, credentialing and career development solutions.

CCWA continues to offer training programs and services at John Tyler’s Midlothian campus and the Downtown, Goochland and Parham Roads campuses of Reynolds Community College.

Read more about the Talley Workforce Center grand opening. https://jtcc.edu/about/news/10796?fbclid=IwAR0flH2ZlO0t_1dJmAZyeafVDVFQmMx8nHnQjFKh_yoRLlaucJhRBjaVJRY

GOVERNING: The Education Investment States Should Be Making

GOVERNING: The Education Investment States Should Be Making

Now completing its second year of offering reduced cost training for occupations with lots of openings across the Commonwealth, Virginia Community Colleges workforce credential programs are meeting the needs of business and industry by preparing individuals for these skilled jobs. In addition to tuition assistance, occupational training and certifications, Fast Forward programs offer career coaching and other support services, when needed.  CCWA and other colleges throughout the state are being recognized nationally for their success in getting more than 8,000 Virginians trained and prepared to launch new careers in a matter of weeks or months.

Read this recent article from GOVERNING:
https://www.governing.com/columns/public-money/gov-skills-gap.html

Summer 2019 Schedule

Summer 2019 Schedule

Refreshing or adding skills to your professional portfolio creates outstanding results for your next project, daily tasks or a career search. To enhance your personal and professional development, CCWA’s summer classes are offered in-class and online. And, explore our fast track industry credentials in the areas of healthcare, manufacturing, education, logistics, and trades (HVAC and Electrical). These certifications have assisted thousands to find new opportunities in high-demand jobs throughout the region while helping employers with recruitment and development needs.

Stand out this summer! Click here for our schedule of classes (PDF) or visit our online registration for more information.


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Preventing Workplace Accidents in the RVA

Preventing Workplace Accidents in the RVA

Preventing Workplace Accidents in the Greater Richmond Region ~ CCWA Provides FREE OSHA-10 Construction Training to Employers! ~ By Wes Smith, Interim Assistant Vice President for Workforce Development

Accidents are one thing, but deaths in the workplace are another. Did you know that in 2017 there were 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry? To make matters worse for the construction industry, 20.7% of these deaths were construction related. OSHA has stated that the leading causes of death (excluding traffic collisions) are caused by four primary accident areas, which they’ve titled the “Fatal Four.” These include falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. The “Fatal Four” are responsible for 59.9% of the deaths which occur in the construction industry. That percentage is why OSHA routinely holds more inspections on construction companies vs. other sectors. In 2018, there were over 32,000 inspections completed by OSHA.

Accidents are incredibly preventable when workers and employers put an emphasis on safety and set standards and responsibilities for safety protocols. Outside of death and accidents, there’s another reason for job seekers, employees, and employers to focus on safety. Simply put, it’s bad for business. When federal OSHA inspections are completed, most companies receive multiple citations. After compiling all of the data from these citations, OSHA was able to identify the most frequent citations. These include falls, hazard communication, scaffolding, ladders, respiratory protection, lockout/tag-out, powered industrial trucks, fall protection, machine guarding, and eye and face protection.

It is for the reasons mentioned above that the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) has decided to engage with industries to get more Virginians certified in relevant and life-changing credentials. OSHA-10 Construction Certification involves ten hours of instruction, and typically comes at a financial cost to the individual or the employer. This cost barrier stops many individuals from receiving training each year. It’s a proven fact that individuals who are formally trained and certified are safer in the workplace not only for themselves but for everyone around them. A safe employee adds value in many ways to a company. This is why it’s normal to see construction and industrial companies make safety a top priority.

CCWA will be hosting its first free OSHA-10 Construction training class on May 2nd & 3rd. CCWA is doing this to give back to the community it serves, as well as addressing the importance of industry credentials and life-long learning in the workplace.

If your company is interested in attending or sending staff to this free certification training, then click on the link below for registration or contact us at 804-897-7602. Stay safe out there!

Register for CCWA’s FREE OSHA Class – May 2/3
Training to Be First on the Scene

Training to Be First on the Scene

~ CCWA Kicks Off Young Adult Initiative with EMT Certification Training in Petersburg ~ By Amy Taloma

For 15 students, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is the first step to a new career in a high-demand field.  Last month, through a partnership supported by the Virginia Community College System’s Young Adult Initiative, Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), John Tyler Community College, and Southside Adult Education Programs, began training the partnership’s first student cohort for the EMT certification.

EMT Students Together

One remarkable facet of the class is that it is held three nights a week (6pm – 10pm) at Southside Virginia Emergency Crew (SVEC) in Petersburg (VA).  By locating the course at an active medical facility, CCWA students come into contact with EMTs and get a glimpse at the activities and atmosphere surrounding an active emergency crew.

SVEC is the primary EMS agency for the Tri-Cities area answering thousands of calls for service annually with over a million man hours accumulated to keep up with the demand. SVEC also provides other services in the region such as standbys, public events, and combined training and preparedness exercises in conjunction with other public service organizations.EMT Students working

The EMT course is unique because it follows the Plugged In Virginia model which integrates adult education and career coaching within the occupational and credential training. In this process, the students learn EMT course content two of three evenings per week. During occupational training, on the remaining class night, students work with an adult education instructor on key math, vocabulary, and study strategies.  Another key component of the course is the involvement of CCWA career coaches who teach employability skills and help students prepare for their new roles as EMTs.

Students who successfully complete the course and earn certification will be able to join the workforce as an entry-level EMT.  This model assists students who may have thought that a career in health care was unavailable to them because of their lack of educational credentials.  The program strengthens academic skills and builds student confidence while they work on attaining the EMT credential.

EMT Thank You Notes to CCWA

During the first week of class, students enrolled in the program took time to get to know each other with icebreakers. When asked about their motivation to pursue a certification, student responses ranged from a longing to help people in their community to seeking advancement opportunities within health sciences or military career fields.

CCWA Student Paris Brown says that the credential will provide him with a flexible career, not just a job – providing a public safety role and keeping people alive. Summer Brown has been trying to get this certification for the past year, but never found an affordable program that fit her schedule, until now. She is currently a lifeguard and wants to explore more health care fields, but knows this certification is a great first step to earning medical experience that will fuel her career.

With over 360 hours of training completed, CCWA’s first class of EMT students, taught by John Tyler EMT Instructor, Daniel Linkins, is now learning how to lift up to 125 pounds, and preparing for mass casualty situations – using their newly formed skills on simulated patients.  In June, the Tri-Cities region will welcome 15 highly trained EMTs onto the first response scene.

For more information on upcoming EMT courses, visit ccwatraining.org/EMT