Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Workforce WednesdayExciting plans are underway at Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Office of Workforce Development to focus on training and job placement of two key populations in the state – veterans and the long-term unemployed.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded VCCS $3.4 million to provide veterans with community college credits for their past military service and training, coursework to obtain additional skills and credentials, and mentors at the community colleges to help veterans navigate through higher education, including admissions and financial aid.

The federal funding comes as Virginia’s veteran population is growing. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the commonwealth will be home to nearly 850,000 veterans by the year 2017, ranking it 5th in the nation. Virginia ranks 7th in that category today.

A $6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant was also awarded to VCCS that will help hundreds of people across Virginia gain faster access to training for high-demand jobs. The federal grant will allow VCCS to bundle three existing community college programs that have been successful at accelerated credentialing and job placement – On Ramp, Adult Career Coaching and On-the-Job (OJT) Training. The partnership for this model will include the local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS), community colleges, and businesses in targeted industry sectors. Together, they will serve individuals who have been, or will soon be, laid off.

We look forward to sharing the success of these grants, which should result in hundreds of job placements.

For more information, read the full press releases:

Governor McAuliffe Announces Grant to Put Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Grant Award for Veterans’ Job Training

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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