Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

workforcewed-newsquareEvery day is busy in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Bristol Regional Medical Center. However, no day is too busy for Travis Rife, who is thankful for a work schedule as busy as his.

After receiving a permanent layoff notice in 2009, Travis sought the assistance of the dislocated worker program at the Bristol Virginia Workforce Center.

Travis was able to complete the nursing program at Virginia Highlands Community College and earned his Associate of Applied Science Degree in nursing. Within three days of graduation, Travis obtained a position at Bristol Regional Medical Center and is now employed as a Registered Nurse.

Whether you are looking for a second chance at a career like Travis, or just starting out, Virginia’s Community Colleges are a great stepping stone to a gainful career. There are currently 448 credentials for which Virginia’s Community Colleges offer preparation coursework.

The Virginia Wizard lists the following occupations as projected to be the most in demand over the next 5 years:
• Registered Nurses
• First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
• Electricians
• Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
• Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
• Computer Support Specialists
• Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
• Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
• Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
• Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Virginia’s Community Colleges offer preparation coursework that will set individuals on a pathway to these professions.

Visit the Virginia Community College System Web site and search through a list of credentials and schools. Each school provides an email contact for more information. Community colleges also offer a vast array of academic programs and courses.

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before trading in the city lifestyle to raise her family in Hanover, Virginia. She has worked at Virginia’s Community Colleges for over 2 years promoting Workforce Development.

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