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  • Apprenticeships »

    Build a Registered Apprenticeship with your business and invest in the future success of your organization. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry will work with you to create a flexible training program.
  • Career Readiness Certificate »

    Ensure your business is making the best hiring decisions through the Career Readiness Certificate – a complete solution for applicant screening, employee selection, and skills development.
  • Industry Credentials »

    Identify the Virginia Community Colleges that offer preparation coursework for industry certifications and professional licensures.
  • More Resources »

    Elevate Virginia can connect you to additional statewide resources to help you find great employees and train your current workforce.
  • Rapid Response »

    Avoid workforce reductions through the assistance of the Rapid Response Program. Benefits of the program include the examination of job retention strategies and on-site employment transition services.
  • Training »

    Educate your workforce through customized training specific to your workforce needs. Virginia’s Community Colleges specialize in developing a large variety of custom training programs.

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What is WDS?

The Virginia Community College System is one of Virginia’s major state agencies responsible for workforce development services. The Workforce Development Services arm of Virginia’s Community Colleges aligns education and economic development to extend workforce development courses, training and programs into communities across Virginia.

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Governor McAuliffe Shines Light on Community Colleges in Inaugural Address

In the inaugural post of the new blog series “Workforce Wednesday,” Chief of Staff to the Virginia Workforce Council and Workforce Development manager at Virginia’s Community Colleges, Paula Dehetre, reflects on the inauguration of Governor McAuliff and what it means to the landscape of workforce development in the Commonwealth.


It was certainly an honor and privilege to sit in the rain-soaked bleachers this past Saturday as a witness to the Inauguration of the Commonwealth’s 72nd Governor Terry McAuliffe.


As I explained to my teenage son and daughter, the ceremony was an opportunity to experience history in the making. Attendees included a former U.S. President and Secretary of State, former Governors (8 of which I have served), the sitting U.S. Senators that represent Virginia, state legislators and numerous dignitaries.

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With 23 colleges on 40 campuses across the Commonwealth, Virginia’s community colleges offer many educational choices.

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