Work Talk

Work Talk is a podcast about happenings in the region’s businesses. Businesses that participate in the podcast have the opportunity to tell their story; who are they, what do they do and what do they need to be competitive? Job seekers, through listening to the podcast, have the opportunity to learn about business needs and expectations and how they might prepare to go to work for a particular business and/or in a particular industry. We recognize that the more we understand about what businesses want/need, the more likely we are to meet that need.

For more information about Work Talk, contact Marty Holliday at or 540-357-0651

E23: Prior Learning Assessment Part 2 – PLA in Action

In this episode, we continue to discuss the topic of credit for prior learning and prior learning assessments. The previous episode discussed the overall concept of prior learning assessment (PLA) and the benefits for job seekers and employers. In this episode, you’ll hear success stories about credit for prior learning and prior learning assessment, and takeaways from those examples.


E22: Prior Learning Assessment- An Important Tool for Talent Development

In this episode, you’ll learn about Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), and its importance for education and the workforce system. Discover the work that is being done in the region when it comes to PLA and credit for prior learning, and the benefits for job seekers, the education system, and employers.

E21: Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development- Furthering Economic Growth and Prosperity in Virginia

In this episode, you’ll learn about Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development, the work that they are doing to support economic development in Virginia, and the history of their partnership with the workforce system.

To access the Quarterly Reports mentioned in this episode click here.

E20: Recruitment and Retention in the IT Sector

In this episode you’ll hear from Brendan Walsh from the 1901 Group, as he discusses the work that his organization does delivering innovative IT solutions. He also reveals what they look for in potential applicants and retention strategies.

E19: The Heart Project- Helping Coal Impacted Businesses

In this episode, you’ll learn about the Heart Project, and its mission of connecting businesses and manufacturers, impacted by the fluctuations within the coal industry, with new opportunities. Discover how the project helps businesses through leveraging existing resources, providing business outreach, and more. 


E18: Spotlight Series – New River Community College

In this episode you’ll learn about New River Community College, and how they prepare students for a variety of careers. Discover some of the most popular certificate and degree programs that the college offers. More information about New River Community College and their programs can be found at

E17: Best Practices and Business Services Database

In this episode, you’ll learn about the best practices that are going on in the region, as well as how the B2B Engage CRM is being used as a tool to track and engage businesses. This special episode was recorded live at the NAWB Forum 2019. 

E16: Filling Middle Skill High-Demand Occupations

In this episode you’ll learn about the Pathways to The American Dream project. The geographic area to be served by the project (roughly 25% of the state of Virginia) encompasses 25 counties, 8 cities and includes the Alleghaney Highlands, Roanoke Valley, West Piedmont, New River Valley and extends to Southwest Virginia.The goals of the project include creating a regional workforce strategy for sector partnerships in the Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Information Technology industries, as well as increasing opportunities for un- and underemployed adults and incumbent workers to develop their skills and earn credentials in high-demand occupations.

E15: How to Prepare for Job Fairs

In this episode, you’ll learn about the job fairs going on the region, and how you can best prepare for a job fair and increase your chances for success!

E14: IT Careers in Virginia- Opportunities and Trends

In this episode you’ll discover initiatives in the region to help workers upskill and find well paying IT jobs. You’ll hear from companies who are looking for IT workers, and the impact that Amazon’s new headquarters may have on tech talent in Virginia.