Kent, who participated in a number of the board’s grant-funded programs, talks about his experience transitioning into employment. He was referred by Virginia Works and participated in the Advanced Manufacturing Technician training through the Center for Manufacturing Excellence of SWVA. After training, he worked with board staff for assistance in securing gainful employment.    … Read more »

E66: Transforming Lives: Stories of Reentry, Recovery, and Opportunity

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board is transforming lives through impactful programs and partnerships. In this episode, you’ll hear uplifting stories of second chances from former inmates gaining employment after reentering society, a woman rebuilding her life in recovery from substance abuse, nursing students graduating with support through workforce grants, and a manufacturing business…

Bland Correctional Center

Warden Younce and Tim Williams talk about the partnership with the Board with behind the wall training with the HBI PACT program funded by the WORC grant.    

Timothy Wellons

Timothy Wellons talks about his journey from prison back to society and his appreciation to the WORC grant and the HBI PACT program.  

Denise Lee

Denise Lee tells her story of how she came to be addicted to drugs and her journey to recovery and the help and support she received through the WIOA, WORC and POWER programs.

Matt Hall – Nursing Degree

Matt Hall discusses the assistance he received from the HRSA and Innovations grants while on his way to become an RN.  

Michelle Campbell – Somic America

Michele Campbell, HR Manager with Somic America in Wytheville VA, discusses their experience with work-based learning through programs sponsored by the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board.

Emily, Job Corps Graduate

My name is Emily, and am 17 years old. My whole life, schooling has been very difficult for me, and I’m not sure why. I don’t have any learning disabilities that would prevent me from going to and doing it. In 2020 when the pandemic hit, I was a high school freshman with straight D’s… Read more »

Mark, Peer Recovery Specialist

I am excited to share my success in Peer Recovery with you. Taking this class has completely changed my life and outlook on recovery. Thanks to your support, I am able to share my experience with others and help them walk through recovery to the path of peace and freedom. After a successful 20 year… Read more »

Buddy, Long Haul Truck Driver

One of the best things that ever happened to me was being incarcerated. Bad decisions and substance use led to an arrest that forced me to hit rock bottom. While I was in jail, I met a man named Greg Lee. He was serving time for the same things. We both had families that we… Read more »