Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Workforce WednesdayDespite nine years of experience as a Project Manager, Gerardo Romero was let go from his job due to the declining financial condition of his firm.  Gerardo found his skills outdated and lacking for today’s job market. A Workforce Services Representative from the Virginia Employment Commission referred Gerardo to the Northern Virginia Jobs for Veterans (J4VETS) program through the SkillSource Group, Inc. to receive additional employment assistance.

Gerardo Romero PicGerardo’s military and Project Management background made him a prime candidate for management, engineering and administrator occupations. Gerardo also scored Gold on the Virginia Career Readiness Certificate, which signified that he possessed the skills needed for 85% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys.

Working closely with the SkillSource Veterans’ Job Developer, funded through a Workforce Investment Act Incentive grant from the Virginia Workforce Council, Gerardo pursued additional training, attended monthly Veterans’ Job Clubs and participated in Veterans’ Job Fairs.

As a result of the services he received and the assistance of the Veterans’ Job Developer, Gerardo obtained a full-time Program Manager position, earning a lucrative salary, with Carney, Inc., a performance acceleration consulting company that helps Federal civilian and Defense agencies.

Each year, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding, issued by the Virginia Workforce Council, provides incentive grants towards enhancing workforce development in the Commonwealth. The 2014 incentive grant awardees will be announced in June. 

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