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At Virginia’s Community Colleges, workforce development is what we do best.

In general terms, workforce development is an economic development approach that enhances the economy by focusing on people.

Virginia’s 23 community colleges approach workforce development from a holistic point of view – helping anyone who walks through the doors increase their skill level and find employment, while also working closely with industries in every region to match worker’s skills with current workforce needs.

Community colleges are a main hub for Virginia’s Workforce System. Each of Virginia’s Community Colleges has a dedicated Workforce Development Services Office to help both individuals and businesses through training and programs.

Last year, colleges provided more than 46,000 individuals with workforce related training and helped over 1,500 businesses strengthen their workforce through noncredit training.  Additionally, students who received either credit or noncredit training from a Virginia community college earned more than 22,000 industry certifications and professional licensures during Fiscal Year 2019.

2019 Workforce Annual Report Supplement 

Programs and Services for Individuals and Businesses Include:

  • Industry Certifications and Professional Licensures Courses
  • Skills Assessment through the Career Readiness Certification
  • Apprenticeships
  • Career Coaching
  • Customized training
  • Rapid Response in helping with staff restructuring.


Mailing Address
VCCS Workforce Development Services
Arboretum III
300 Arboretum Parkway, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23236
Phone: (804) 819-1680
Fax: (804) 819-1698