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

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I am a single mother of two small children. Without the help of the WIOA Adult Program I would have never achieved my goal of becoming an LPN. I am so grateful for all that you did to support me. —April

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

Travis R., Registered Nurse

Career Change Success Every day is busy in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Bristol Regional Medical Center (Wellmont Health Systems). However, no day is too busy for People Incorporated dislocated worker client Travis R., who is thankful for a work schedule as busy as his. “I am very blessed with the help I have received… Read more »

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 »

Spotlight Success

Dawn, Registered Nurse

Transitions from one stage of development to another are critical in life. Watching this process may challenge our confidence, patience, and faith, but witnessing such a transition leaves an impression not soon forgotten. Just such a transition occurred in the Pathways to the American Dream project as one participant, Dawn Thorne, transitioned from student to… Read more »

Spotlight Success

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 »

Spotlight Success

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 »

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.