As Virginia’s workers and businesses feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCWA is committed to continuing our mission: to provide workforce solutions for job seekers and employers, building an ever-stronger workforce in our region.
We are working closely with state and regional leaders, employers and our communities to ensure our region’s workers are ready to get back to work. We are providing training and learning opportunities through new programs and adjusted course offerings with more classes available online or in a combined online and small-group format. We can offer more online course options now and will continue to increase our virtual offerings each month.
Now, more than ever, we are ready to help you achieve your goals in a cost-effective, supportive and efficient manner. With our new funding resources, we offer superior training that is cost-effective for employers and requires little to no out-of-pocket cost for job seekers or employees. You may read CCWA’s COVID-19 Update here.
Improve your skills on the job
Online Development Courses –Take part in new online trainings that are designed to help employees and management teams work more productively in an increasingly online world.
Leading through Crisis Thursday, April 28 (9:30am-11am) Description: When faced with crisis, leaders are expected to show up, cape on, chin forward, to save the day. We often forget that leaders are less than super-human and are often challenged with setting direction in an unclear context. In this workshop, we’ll explore what it means to be a mortal leader and offer ways to understand the context, set direction and actively lead in a challenging situation.
Making the Move to Supervisor Wednesday, June 3 (9:00am– 4:00pm) Description: This workshop serves to establish a shared belief system for what constitutes supervisory responsibilities. For experienced managers, this class allows participants to identify missed opportunities in establishing their supervisory relationships, so that the more experienced supervisors can build onto what they already have accomplished. For new supervisors, this session allows participants to start their management assignments with a realistic preview of what is to come and what they need to immediately start doing as supervisors.
New opportunities will be added as they become available, so continue to check back. For more online classes available through CCWA,click here.
Classes for job seekers
CCWA’s FastForward program, is designed to train participants in weeks or months for available regional jobs and to provide them with an industry-recognized certification to open doors to employment. With more job seekers working on their next career move from home, FastForward is converting classes as needed to entirely online learning or a combination of online instruction and small group hands-on application. Tuition assistance is available for these FastForward courses to all residents of Virginia, regardless of income.
Classes available at low cost or no cost, thanks to grants available to all Virginians, regardless of age or income level.
Right now, job seekers can sign up for these online certification courses:
The Pharmacy Technician Program will prepare participants to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. This is an Online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance Available. The next online Pharmacy Technician Program begins Tuesday, April 21. Register here.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales is designed to capture the core duties for a broad range of entry-level through first-line supervisory positions across sales and service industries. This certification is industry-driven, endorsed credential that help employers distinguish and recognize qualified customer service professionals, and define career advancement opportunities. The next online NRF course begins Monday, May 04. Register here.
The CLA, Certified Logistics Associate courseprovides access to opportunities in the Greater Richmond Region for full-time warehousing and supply distribution jobs. The CLAincludes such topics as safety, quality control, supply chain management, receiving, storage, communication, and more. Tuition assistance is available. The next online CLA begins Tuesday, May 5. Register here.
TheEmergency Telecommunicator Certification is designed to train students who are unfamiliar with emergency communication centers, emergency telecommunication technology, interpersonal communication, legal issues, and job stress factors. The next online Emergency Telecommunicator Certification course begins Tuesday, May 5. Register here.
The Medical Coding – Certified Professional Coderprogram will introduce class participants to the basic principles of coding for outpatient and physician services. Instruction will include: beginning through advanced CPT coding. This is an Online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance Available. The next online Medical Coding – Certified Professional Coder course begins Wednesday, May 6. Register here.
New Career Certification Programs
CareerStart prepares individuals who are starting out or starting over in the workforce. Build confidence, computer skills, and career credentials while training to work in local businesses that are hiring and growing. CareerStart offers free job training for the top industries in Richmond and Petersburg. Explore careers in customer service, construction, supply chain, and healthcare while sharpening reading and math skills, completing a GED (if necessary), and working with a Career Coach to identify the workforce training class of your choice. All supplies, tuition, and fees are free to students who qualify. Online GED and job preparation courses will be expanding this summer. For more information, call the CareerStart team at 804-523-5345 or visit ccwatraining.org/careerstart.
“Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses
Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy. Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy.
"Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:
Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
Arts & Entertainment
Personal Care Service Industry
K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare
"Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.
We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups. Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.
Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions. Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner.
When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.
We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success. Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country. Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.