On Monday September 24 the Workforce Development Division hosted the first ever Workforce Industry Building Learning Series kickoff event. The purpose of this series is to build the Workforce Development Division business services brand with the Northern Virginia business community. More than ninety executives representing the Northern Virginia business community came to Annandale’s Ernst Center for this informative Cyber Security event. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ronald Ross, who is considered one of the top 50 Information Technology Decision makers in government. He discussed detailed steps businesses can take to integrate cyber security requirements into main stream organizational mission and business processes. Based on a feedback survey 100% of the attendees found the event “informative and interesting.”
The demand for events like this is very strong as 94% of attendees said they would attend future NOVA learning series events. Several attendees expressed appreciation to Workforce Development Division staff for producing this event and would like to work with the Workforce Development Division in developing training programs for their businesses. As a result of this strong response and demand the Workforce Development Division plans to host future Workforce Industry Building Learning events around topics of critical interest to our business customers.
Stress in the workplace isn’t new, but today’s rapid-fire pace has brought job stress to new levels. Many people are dealing with increased workloads, decreased benefits, worries about job security, and technology that makes it hard to “unplug.” Studies show that individuals with high job stress incur significantly higher health care costs. Companies must find ways to overcome this because it impacts their success and their bottom line.
In this new one-day Resiliency in the Workplace workshop offered by NOVA’s Workforce Development Division, uncover ways to boost morale, increase productivity and combat the effects of stress in challenging working conditions. Based on extensive resiliency research, this training is designed for individuals or groups from any occupation … and will give participants skills to persevere, adapt and even thrive in challenging workplace settings.
To register for this one-day workshop please visit our website http://www.nvcc.edu/wdce/annandale/ and follow the Resiliency Training link. Please contact Martha Kossoff at 703-323-3053 if you have any questions.
The WDD now offers Tradesmen License Renewal courses for electricians, HVAC mechanics, master plumbers, and gas fitters ONLINE.
Up until this time, we have been offering these courses in a classroom setting. As an added convenience tradesmen who need to renew their licenses can now do so with our online courses. Registration is continuous and tradesmen can begin a course when they choose.
On March 6, 2012 NOVA’s Workforce Development Division sponsored the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast held at the Tempo Restaurant. Nearly 60 businesses from Northern Virginia were represented at the event. Dr. Ron Beckwith, Lead of the Workforce Development Division’s Business Development Sector gave a short talk describing the services we offer and how they can benefit Alexandria area businesses. The information was well received and several businesses expressed interest in working with NOVA’s Workforce Development Division on future projects.
President Obama and NOVA’s Workforce Development Division VP William Gary
On Monday February 13, 2012 on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College President Obama announced a plan to help community colleges collaborate with local businesses to try to equip 2 million Americans with the skills they need to get a job right now.
The Workforce Development Division has partnered with businesses throughout Northern Virginia to deliver customized training in a variety of high job growth industries. For more information and to setup a no cost needs assessment please visit our website www.nvcc.edu/workforce