CNA training in the New River Valley

William Lester, President and CEO of Warm Hearth Village, and Jackie Fox, Administrator of the Healthcare Academy of SWVA and Owner of Senior Home Share, discuss how partners worked together to bring CNA training to the New River Valley. Two program participants, Netara Harris and Micah Catron, share how their lives have been impacted by the program.

E61: Improving the Capacity and Quality of Regional Childcare

Access to quality childcare is an important part of developing a talent pipeline and meeting workforce needs. In this episode, you’ll hear about the efforts underway to increase the operational capacity and quality of childcare providers and to add 100 early childhood teachers to the region.  

Projects in NRV on List for Potential Federal Funding

PULASKI, Va. (WDBJ) – $135 million for projects in Virginia has made it through the Senate Appropriations Committee, making it one step closer to being a reality in the fiscal year 2023 federal budget. Projects in NRV on list for potential federal funding (  

US Department of Labor awards Grant to Improve Access to jobs and Training in the Appalachian Region

The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission, awarded $17.1+ million to 13 projects through the Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities Initiative.  To read the full announcement: US Department of Labor awards $34.4M in grants to improve access to good jobs, training in Appalachian Region, Lower Mississippi Delta | U.S. Department of Labor (

Radford organization gets $6 million to train SWVa workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has set aside $6 million to fund a Radford ­based organization promising to help disadvantaged workers across Southwest Virginia get the training and jobs they need. The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board will spread the money across more than 30 counties and cities, from Bristol to Botetourt, over the… Read more »

NR/MR WDB Receives 2016 Trailblazer Award in Financial Stability

At the Unite SWVA Leadership Summit on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board, along with the Southwest Virginia Workforce and the Western Virginia Workforce Development Boards, received the 2016 Trailblazer Award in Financial Stability for their partnership building and collective impact work around the Regional Rapid Response Initiative.  The award… Read more »

$1.2M Regional Initiative to Serve Businesses and Laid-off Workers

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board (NR/MR WDB) has been awarded $1.2 million in State Rapid Response funds to coordinate and oversee a Regional Rapid Response initiative to serve individuals and supply chain companies impacted by the large number of plant layoffs and closures throughout the region.  This initiative will cover three Workforce Areas;… Read more »

Roving Computer Labs – A Tool to Support Businesses and Organizations

In November 2014 the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board (WDB) was awarded a $50,000 State Incentive Grant (funded through Workforce Investment Act Funds overseen by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration), to support a Roving Computer Lab concept.  The funds were used to purchase equipment, software and develop partnerships and procedures… Read more »

NR/MR WDB Serves Businesses and Job Seekers

The purpose of the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is to prepare eligible Adults, Dislocated Workers and Youth for entry into the labor market.  The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board (NR/MR WDB) oversees these program in the New River Valley and Mount Rogers Planning Districts.  The Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs, under… Read more »

What is the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board?

We get a lot of questions about what is the Workforce Development Board (WDB), who its members are and what they do.  So here’s a bit of background: There is a long history of Federal workforce training programs.  This one began with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, which was reauthorized with the Workforce… Read more »