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Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Virginia Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

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Governor McAuliffe recently recognized February as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, highlighting opportunities this type of education offers Virginians, including lifelong skills development, career choices, expanded earning potential and job satisfaction. Manufacturing is growing in Virginia. Finding employees with the fundamental technical skills modern manufacturing environments require, however, is a challenge. The ideal solution […]

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Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014

For MECC Student, Opportunity is Only a Keystroke Away

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

20-year old Kayla Miller readily acknowledges her good fortune. The second-year student at MECC will be able to get her associate’s degree then transfer to UVA Wise to pursue her bachelor’s without taking out a loan or spending a dime of her own money (or her parents’) on tuition, thanks to the college’s AIMS scholarship […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Musings on Workforce, Social Media and Today’s Youth

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Dr. Najmah Thomas is one of my favorite people to chat with when it comes to all things workforce.  As the Administrator of the Workforce Investment Act Program, one of the largest funding streams for Virginia’s workforce programs, Thomas’ expertise lies in employing youth, adults and dislocated workers. Outside of her work at the Virginia […]

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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 3

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

It’s been a busy and interesting first week in the General Assembly.  Procedural and organizational matters have dominated the first three days; committee memberships have been announced, and many bills will start to be considered in committee next week. As of this morning, 2,169 pieces of legislation have been introduced, and only 81 have begun […]

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Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014

BRCC Student Juggles Multiple Commitments to Achieve Career Goal

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Josh Abshire is built like a tank.  Although he’s never played football, people automatically assume he has because of his imposing size (6’1”, 275 pounds).  If you were a running back, you’d definitely want him clearing a path for you.  But Abshire is laying the foundation for a different sort of career far away from […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Military Experience Helps Former Soldier Take Aim at Career

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

You’ve just spent eight years in the U.S. Army. So, what do you do now?       A.   Take a few odd-jobs and blend into society        B.   Leverage your military skills and experience and jump headlong into a professional career        C.   Further your education If you’re Calvin Linnette, you select option A.  […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Community Colleges = Jobs and Here is Why

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

When there is so much activity taking place across our 23 community colleges to employ Virginians, choosing a blog topic can be daunting. I thought about it a lot. Should I explain how workforce development is delivered in Virginia? Should I list the most in-demand jobs and explain how to get those skills at community […]

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