PROMOTING an EDUCATED, SKILLED, TECHNOLOGY-COMPETENT and ADAPTABLE WORKFORCE

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Coming from Ethiopia and having the opportunity to become a Dental Hygienist here in the US has been a dream come true. Thank you for the support of the WIOA Adult Program and my great case manager. —Hermon

Home Grown For Growth

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board is here to serve you. The board was formed to facilitate and coordinate workforce initiatives, enabling economic growth and increasing the standard of living of the citizens that reside in ten counties and three cities in Southwest Virginia.

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a creation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, which was written to address the human needs, associated with employment in every region. The Board is made up of business and community leaders so the region’s interests are represented. The WDB is funded wholly or in part by funds provided by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Spotlight Success

Jonathan, Commercial Driver

Jonathan S. is 24 years old and a single parent of a 6 month old baby girl, Landon.  Jonathan was employed by a local temp service as a Fuel Assistant (refueling delivery trucks) at KVAT, earning $10.00 per hour. However, since this was through a temp service, he knew that it could end at any… Read more »

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Robin J. K., Registered Nurse

With no prior work history, Robin K. struggled to enter employment. She applied for the WIA Adult program on June 21, 2012 and was enrolled immediately July 10, 2012. With no work history or no formal training, it was recommended that Robin enter occupational skills training in order to enhance her employability. Robin’s assessments indicated… Read more »

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Cheri, Machine Operator

Cheri H. was referred to Goodwill by the Radford Virginia Employment Commission office in late November 2017. Cheri had decided to re-enter the workforce because of a downturn in her husband’s income, after being a stay at home mother for several years. She had just been let go from a job that she had just… Read more »

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Tierra, Teacher Assistant/Bus Aide

Tierra B. was referred to the WIOA adult program internally by the People Incorporated Head Start program where she was working as a Teacher’s Assistant/Bus Aide with the Head Start program. As a condition of her employment, Tierra was required to obtain her Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within 90 days of hire. She had attempted… Read more »

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Chris, Construction Inspector

Chris was let go from his position with Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) where he worked as an Environmental Scientist II for two years. Prior to that he had worked for Waste Management as a Project Manager in Hazardous Solid Waste. People Inc. Dislocated Worker (DW) program staff assisted Chris in looking for employment… Read more »

Vision

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board envisions a region where every business has access to a qualified, job-ready workforce and every citizen in the region has the skills needed to secure meaningful employment, competitive wages, and career advancement through an integrated workforce support infrastructure.

Goals

The goals for the next three years are our response to the important issues identified in our SWOT analysis that was completed as part of the strategic planning process. The goals provide a roadmap for fulfilling the strategic direction and are foundational to our work. We understand our job of preparing our region’s workforce and fully accept the accountability through performance measures that ensure the success as well as help us understand where to make adjustments when needed.

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Goal One

Increase business engagement and deliver value to the region’s business customers.

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Goal Two

Achieve measurable skills development in for the region’s job seeking customers in the form of workforce credentials that matter to business.

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Goal Three

Fill jobs in demand occupations that show promise for long-term growth in industries that are strategic to the region's economy.

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Goal Four

Help individuals, including individuals with barriers, gain access to the middle class and demonstrate career progression.

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Goal Five

Ensure that the workforce system's return on investment creates value for our regional stakeholders and customers and the Commonwealth.

EVENTS

April 24, 2019
Workforce Development Board April 2019
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May 15, 2019
Consortium Board May 2019
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