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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

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 »

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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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Mt. Rogers Adult Education Program

Arielle W. completed her GED with the Mt. Rogers Adult Education Program provided at the Wytheville Onestop Campus. She had been homeschooled by her mom and decided last spring she wanted to go ahead and get her GED under her belt so she could go to college. Her mom researched through the internet and found… 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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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 »

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

June 24, 2020
Workforce Development Board June 2020
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July 15, 2020
Workforce Development Board July 2020
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