Workforce programs should effectively prepare a workforce that is able to meet the needs of existing and expanding businesses and industries throughout the Commonwealth, the needs of new companies attracted to Virginia, and the needs of companies in new and emerging industries. Virginia’s community colleges have a strong working relationship with business and industry in their regions and across the state. The colleges work with local businesses to define and assess needs, and to develop and implement training to keep Virginia’s businesses productive.
Several courses are offered statewide by the community colleges. These courses present the same curriculum, materials and sometimes the same instructor. Specific statewide training programs include:
Virginia Independent Automobile Dealer Operator
Contractor Business Licensing Requirements
Tradesmen Continuing Education
Medication Aide Training
Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Landscape Architects Continuing Education
Virginia's Community Colleges provide assessment, training and evaluation for the current workforce.
The Institutes of Excellence support programs and courses that will prepare potential and/or incumbent employees to fulfill the expectations of employment in high-demand, high-wage occupations. The programs must be geared toward occupations that are stable, present future growth, and offer job security and economic promise. Instructional programs should also support industry expansion and encourage industries to locate in Virginia.
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Workforce Investment Act
Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Workforce Development Institute
National Council for Continuing Education and Training
Mindy C. Fast
Coordinator Continuing Education and Customized Training