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Training for Workers and Employers During COVID-19

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As Virginia’s workers and businesses feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCWA is committed to continuing our mission: to provide workforce solutions for job seekers and employers, building an ever-stronger workforce in our region.

We are working closely with state and regional leaders, employers and our communities to ensure our region’s workers are ready to get back to work. We are providing training and learning opportunities through new programs and adjusted course offerings with more classes available online or in a combined online and small-group format.  We can offer more online course options now and will continue to increase our virtual offerings each month.

Now, more than ever, we are ready to help you achieve your goals in a cost-effective, supportive and efficient manner. With our new funding resources, we offer superior training that is cost-effective for employers and requires little to no out-of-pocket cost for job seekers or employees.  You may read CCWA’s COVID-19 Update here.

Improve your skills on the job

Online Development Courses –Take part in new online trainings that are designed to help employees and management teams work more productively in an increasingly online world.

  • National Safety Council – First Aid
    August 6 & 7 (9:00am – 11:00am)
    Description: In this course, participants will learn first aid practices in emergency situations including, preventing disease transmission, checking the victim, recovery position, bleeding and wound care, shock, burns, bone, joint and muscle injuries, head and spine injuries, sudden illness, poisoning and allergic reactions, and cold and heat emergencies. Register here.
  • OSHA 10 for General Industry
    August 10-12 (5:30pm – 9:30pm)
    Description:  OSHA 10-Hour (general industry) training teaches safety awareness and helps each worker recognize and reduce the risks of jobsite hazards. This OSHA hazard recognition course covers general industry hazards not specific to those working construction-only jobs and is intended as an orientation to OSHA standards. Workers taking general industry OSHA courses usually have jobs related to health care, factory, warehouse, manufacturing, storage and more. OSHA recommends workplace safety training for a safe and healthful work environment. Register here.
  • Business Writing
    Friday, August 14 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  Take away the key practices you need to develop and hone your business writing communication effectively and successfully. Register here.
  • Introduction G(Google) Suite Training
    Wednesday, August 26 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  This workshop is designed for business users, educators, students, and knowledge workers in a variety of roles and fields who have a basic knowledge of office productivity applications and who want to be able to use the apps included in the Google G Suite to create, manage, store, and share various types of files for personal or professional use. Register here.
  • Grammar Workshop
    Friday, August 14 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  This workshop explores grammar and punctuation rules as they apply to business correspondence. You’ll review the parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, verbs and their tenses, and good sentence structure. Register here.
  • Back End Software Developer: 18-Week Bootcamp
    Begins Tuesday, September 15
    Description:  In this 18-week program students take three courses to learn the skills and technologies necessary to enter the industry as a Back End Software Developer: Introduction to Java, Relational Databases with MySQL, and Web API Design with Spring Boot. Register here.
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New opportunities will be added as they become available, so continue to check back.  For more online classes available through CCWA, click here.

Classes for job seekers

CCWA’s FastForward program, is designed to train participants in weeks or months for available regional jobs and to provide them with an industry-recognized certification to open doors to employment.  With more job seekers working on their next career move from home, FastForward is converting classes as needed to entirely online learning or a combination of online instruction and small group hands-on application. Tuition assistance is available for these FastForward courses to all residents of Virginia, regardless of income.

Classes available at low cost or no cost, thanks to grants available to all Virginians, regardless of age or income level.

 Right now, job seekers can sign up for these online certification courses:

  • Truck Driver Training (CDL) (Online)
    The Truck Driver Training (CDL) program will provide the skills and opportunities needed to be successful in a truck driving career.  This course will prepare program completers and place them into local, regional and over-the-road jobs driving Class A commercial motor vehicles. Following 80 hours of online instruction, students will complete hands on, on-the-road instruction in a commercial truck.  August Classes AvailableRegister here.
  • National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales (Online)
    The National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales (Online) is designed to capture the core duties for a range of entry-level through first-line supervisory positions across sales and service industries. The next online NRF course begins Monday, August 3. Register here.
  • Manufacturing Technician 1
    This certification program was developed to meet the growing employment demands of the manufacturing industry.  The MT1 program addresses the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing. A growing number of regional companies use the MT1 as part of their apprentice programs.  This course is presented online with some hands-on sessions.  This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance Available. The next Manufacturing Technician 1 course begins Monday, September 14.  Register here.
  • Certified Logistics Associate
    The CLA program covers a wide range of skills necessary for success in the logistics industry. Through this program, individuals will cover safety, quality control, supply chain management, receiving, storage, communication, and many other valuable skills.  This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance Available. The next online Certified Logistics Associate course begins Tuesday, September 15.  Register here.
  • Emergency Telecommunicator Certification
    The Emergency Telecommunicator Certification is a program designed to familiarize students with emergency communication centers, emergency telecommunication technology, interpersonal communication, legal issues, and job stress factors related to work as a 9-1-1 operator. The next online Emergency Telecommunicator Certification course begins Monday, September 21Register here.
  • Pharmacy Technician Program
    The Pharmacy Technician Program will prepare participants to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s licensing exam for technicians.  The program prepares participants for a career in a drug store, hospital or other medical facility. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance Available. The next online Pharmacy Technician Program begins Monday, September 21.  Register here.
  • Lean Practitioner Certification (Online)
    The Lean Practitioner Certification (Online) course focuses on how to improve processes by using the Lean Six Sigma methods and tools. Learn how to immediately apply the most important Lean principles, methods, and tools in the field. Utilizing an extensive knowledge base, the focus is on the practical application of Lean and process improvement. The course comes with a hands-on simulation and project development. The next Lean Practitioner course begins Tuesday, October 6. Register here.

New Career Certification Programs

CareerStart prepares individuals who are starting out or starting over in the workforce. Build confidence, computer skills, and career credentials while training to work in local businesses that are hiring and growing.  CareerStart offers free job training for the top industries in Richmond and Petersburg.  Explore careers in customer service, construction, supply chain, and healthcare while sharpening reading and math skills, completing a GED (if necessary), and working with a Career Coach to identify the workforce training class of your choice.  All supplies, tuition, and fees are free to students who qualify. Online GED and job preparation courses will be expanding this summer. For more information, call the CareerStart team at 804-523-5345 or visit

EducateVA, the Virginia Community Colleges’ Career Switcher program can help turn your existing education and job experience into the skills needed to become a classroom teacher in Virginia. If you are a professional, with a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of full-time work experience, you may qualify for this affordable and accessible fast-track program, approved by the Virginia Department of Education. During an 18-week semester, through a combination of online and weekend class sessions, you will receive the academic training and practical experience required to enter the teaching profession. Tuition assistance is available to eligible Virginians. The deadline to apply for the next cohort is November 8, 2020. Click here to register for our next online information session.

Reach out

We know this situation affects most of our community members. At CCWA, we are working hard to do our part to move our workforce forward, and to be a solution that helps you get back onto a career path with strong growth and opportunities for your future. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

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