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 »
Chris was let go from his position with Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) where he worked as an Environmental Scientist II for two years. Prior to that he had worked for Waste Management as a Project Manager in Hazardous Solid Waste. People Inc. Dislocated Worker (DW) program staff assisted Chris in looking for employment… Read more »
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.
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 »
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 »