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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.

  • Employment Law
    Begins December 3
    This workshop is designed to increase the participants’ working knowledge of key areas of employment law and best management practices.  Learn how to avoid unnecessary risks and exposure and how to protect your organization.  Register here.
  • Managing Performance
    Begins December 4
    Performance Management includes practical information on both the development and implementation of an employee performance management system.  In this course participants will improve skills in writing effective performance objectives and reviewing the pros and cons of different performance management methodologies. Register here.
  • Time Management & Balancing Today’s Priorities
    Thursday, January 21
    Gain an understanding of time management techniques to improve your productivity and reduce stress in the workplace. Learn to meet deadlines and prioritize so that nothing slips through the cracks.  Register here.
  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) 
    Thursday, January 21
    The 4 Disciplines of Execution(4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula to create a winnable game. The concept covers four key areas that, when combined, help leaders and teams execute business strategy and gives the power to execute on the most important goals in the face of competing priorities and distractions.  Register here.
  • Business Writing for Professionals 
    Friday, January 29
    Learn to write effectively and professionally where the emphasis is on correct, clear, concise, and conversational communication. Improve your ability to write and edit emails and other types of professional communication.  Register here.
  • Constructive Conflict Resolution 
    Friday, January 29
    This workshop covers productive conflict resolution techniques, starting with how to identify your own conflict reaction style through creating conflict solutions that all parties can support.  The approach calls for conflict to be viewed as a unique problem solving opportunity, in which a variety of tools can help maintain that focus.  Register here.

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. Learn about additional VA Ready benefits. Fall Classes AvailableRegister here.
  • NCCER Electrical
    The NCCER Electrical level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. This course is intended for students interested in entering the Electrician industry and it can help you get a foot-in-the-door to a helper or apprentice position. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance and VA Ready benefits Available. The next course begins Wednesday, December 9.  Register here.
  • NCCER HVAC
    The NCCER HVAC level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. This course is intended for students interested in entering the HVAC industry and it can help you get a foot-in-the-door to a helper or apprentice position. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Wednesday, December 9.  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 and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Monday, January 11.  Register here.
  • NCCER Core
    The NCCER Core certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. The NCCER CORE training course is a prerequisite to all other NCCER Level 1 craft curriculum in construction and industrial occupations such as carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, welding, drywall, and construction craft laborer. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Tuesday, January 19. Register here.
  • NCCER Heavy Equipment Operator
    The Heavy Equipment Operator program was developed to meet the growing employment demands for equipment operators. This class serves as the first level of training in the Heavy Equipment Operator program. Tuition assistance available. The next course begins Tuesday, January 19.  Learn more 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 course begins Tuesday, January 19. Register here.
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
    The Clinical Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks. This is an online FastForward Certification. Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Monday, January 25. 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.  Learn about additional VA Ready benefits. The next course begins Tuesday, February 9.  Register here.
  • National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales (Online)
    The National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales is designed to capture the core duties for a range of entry-level through first-line supervisory positions across sales and service industries. New courses will be announced soon.
  • Lean Practitioner Certification (Online)
    This 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. New courses will be announced soon. Learn more here.
  • COMPTIA Security+
    The CompTIA Security Support Associate program fulfills the requirements of the official CompTIA training curriculum. This practical hands-on class will prepare students to become CompTIA certified. New courses will be announced soon. Learn more 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 ccwatraining.org/careerstart.

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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