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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

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 »

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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 »

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Pathways to the American Dream

In 2017, the Radford Fire Department established a goal of transitioning to Radford Fire and Rescue Department, which meant that six of their Fire Fighters needed to obtain their Emergency Medical Technician certification. Fire Chief, Rodney Haywood, contacted the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board inquiring about the Pathways to the American Dream project to… Read more »

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Tyler B., Police Officer

For WIA participant Tyler B., law enforcement is not just a job, it’s a calling; a call to public service and to protect public safety. This calling was evident to WIA staff when Tyler visited the Galax workforce office seeking assistance to move him away from public assistance and into self-sufficiency. Although Tyler possessed experience… Read more »

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Jesse, Commercial Driver

Jesse entered the WIOA Youth program on April 11, 2016 as an Out of School Youth. Jesse was 19 years old, his father had just passed away and he had lost his mother before that. Jesse is now responsible for taking care of his sister, did not have a job, and no training. Jesse qualified… 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

August 26, 2020
Workforce Development Board August 2020
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September 16, 2020
Workforce Development Board September 2020
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