On October 29, 2014 the Workforce Development Division hosted its Inaugural Workforce Industry Career Fair. The theme for this event, which was launched by the Business Development Group, focused on STEM recruiting. This event attracted fourteen marquee corporations including Verizon, Apple Inc., Discovery Communications, Novec, Enterprise Management Systems, e-Intern, ASM Research, Hanover Research, HCA Healthcare, Telos Corp., Finnegan, CGH Technologies and Pro Sol Associates as recruiting exhibitors. More than 70 job seekers, including experienced engineering and IT professionals took advantage of this opportunity to meet the exhibitors seeking to fill STEM positions at their companies.
A feedback survey clearly reflected a strong demand for these types of solutions-focused events in the Northern Virginia business community. 89% of business participants said they would attend future Workforce Industry Career Fairs at NOVA. Plans are underway for the Business Development Group to continue collaboration efforts with all of the companies to address their most pressing workforce development needs.
On May 17, the Workforce Development Division hosted the third installment of the Workforce Industry Building Learning Series. The purpose of the series is to build the Workforce Development Division business services brand within the Northern Virginia business community. The theme for the latest event was healthcare reform. Executives representing a cross-section of the Northern Virginia business community attended the lunch discussion titled “Moving Forward with Healthcare Reform” at Annandale’s Ernst Center.
The featured speaker was The Honorable William A. Hazel, Jr., Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia. Also participating in the discussion was Julie Veratti, advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Hazel discussed detailed steps the state of Virginia is taking to implement the Affordable Care Act, while Veratti discussed the potential impact the new health care law will have on Northern Virginia businesses. They both addressed questions from an audience of more than 120.
A feedback survey was also conducted and according to the data the demand for events like this is very strong as nearly 95 percent of attendees said they would attend future Workforce Industry Building Learning Series events at NOVA. There are spinoff plans for the Workforce Development Division to host a monthly Business Series in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration set to begin in July 2013.