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

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I would still be homeless if it were not for the WIOA Adult Program. I am now working full time and have a place of my own. I am grateful for the support of my case manager. —Karen

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

Thomas W., Commercial Driver

Years of farming experience would provide anyone with workplace skills that would qualify them for many occupations. However, in a credential driven workforce, a lack of certifications including a high school diploma or GED, make it virtually impossible for anyone to find employment. This was true for Thomas “Walt” W. who had spent the past… 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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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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Geneva G., Accounting/Payroll Clerk

College was something Geneva G. dreamt about but for one reason or another always felt out of reach. When the doors to the company where she spent a 30 year career closed in 2011, Geneva had no luck finding employment in her hometown of Bristol Virginia. Searching for help, Geneva reached out to the Virginia… Read more »

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April, LPN

April K. came to our program in May of 2016 as an Out of School Youth looking for training to help her reach self-sufficient employment. She is a single mother with two young children receiving SNAP and was struggling to make ends meet. We helped her to build her first resume, and had her take… 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 22, 2020
Workforce Development Board April 2020
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May 20, 2020
Workforce Development Board May 2020
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