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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.

  • Introduction G (Google) Suite Training Workshops
    Thursdays, June 11 – July 2 (9:00am – 10:00am)
    Description: The workshops series covers file management and sharing files using Google Drive, an overview of Google Docs and Google Sheets, and how to collaborate and edit documents with others using G Suite. You must create a free Gmail email account for this class. All webinars are instructor-led. Register here.
  • Excel Overview Workshop Series
    Thursdays, June 11 – July 2 (10:30am – 11:30am)
    Description: This workshop series is an overview of some of Excel’s most popular features including formulas and functions, charts, PivotTables and formatting your document for printing. No knowledge of Excel is required. All webinars are instructor-led.  Register here.
  • Word-Power Formatting and Automating Tasks Workshop
    Thursdays, June 11 – July 2 (1:00pm – 2:00pm)
    Description: This workshop series is designed to increase your efficiency in Word by using some of Word’s automated features such as sections, styles, forms, and macros. This workshop is designed for someone who wants to become a Word power user and create complex documents quickly. Basic knowledge of Word is required. All webinars are instructor-led. Register here.
  • Microsoft Office Tips Workshop Series (ONLINE)
    Thursdays, June 11 – July 2 (2:30pm – 3:30pm)
    Description: This workshop series is designed to increase your efficiency in Microsoft Office by learning some time-saving tips! Navigation and selection shortcuts, keyboard shortcuts, formatting shortcuts and tricks for reducing repetitive tasks are among those topics covered.  All webinars are instructor-led. Register here.
  • OSHA 10 for General Industry
    June 29 – July 1 (9:00AM – 1:00pm)
    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.
  • National Safety Council – First Aid
    July 9 & 10 (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.
  • Making the Move to Supervisor
    Wednesday, July 15 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  This workshop serves to establish a shared belief system for what constitutes supervisory responsibilities.  For experienced managers, this class allows participants to identify missed opportunities in establishing their supervisory relationships, so that the more experienced supervisors can build onto what they already have accomplished.  For new supervisors, this session allows participants to start their management assignments with a realistic preview of what is to come and what they need to immediately start doing as supervisors. Register here.
  • Lean Practitioner Certification
    Monday, July 20 (5:30pm – 8:30pm)
    Description:  This course focuses on how to improve processes by using the Lean Six Sigma methods and tools. Participants will 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. Register here.
  • FREE Webinars

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.  June Classes AvailableRegister 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 Saturday, June 13thRegister here.
  • Personal Care Aide (PCA) Program
    The Personal Care Aide (PCA) program provides participants with online and hands-on instruction on how to assist patients with health-related daily living activities, patient transfers, nutrition, as well as oral and personal hygiene.  This program is a total of 40 hours – 32 hours of online instruction and eight hours of in-person, hands-on training.  The training follows the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) curriculum for home health and hospice workers.  This program is also accepted by Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) for direct patient care staff in licensed assisted-living facilities. Participants will first complete online instruction. The next online PCA course begins Monday, June 15Register 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, June 08.  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 Monday, July 06.  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, July 13.  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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